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A Trip To The Museums Of Rajasthan On International Museum Day

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A Trip To The Museums Of Rajasthan On International Museum Day

For a state that is rich in its culture, traditions, history and heritage, museums have been the only source to safeguard and preserve the artefacts of the bygone era and further, thus leading to become an important part of our society.

International Museum Day which is celebrated every year on May 18 is the occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. Keeping in mind how these museums have been an important part of cultural exchange, cooperations and mutual understanding among people and the countries for a positive development, the theme of International Museum Day this year is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics”.

On International Museum Day let’s take a trip to the famous museums of Rajasthan that form an intrinsic part of the tourist attractions.

  1. Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

Established in the year 1876 to welcome Prince of Wales, this is the oldest museum in the state of Rajasthan. It is full of rare and tastefully decorated collection of various displayed objects, arms and carpets. The main attractions include the Persian carpets, coins, jewellery and costumes from different period of history and an Egyptian mummy.

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  1. City Palace Museum, Jaipur

Also known as Sawai Man Singh Museum, it houses the largest and finest collection of arms in India. The sword of Maharaja Man Singh which weighs about 5 kgs is one of the attractive exhibits.

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  1. City Palace Museum, Udaipur

The main part of the City Palace complex is open to the tourists as the City Palace Museum. It rooms historical paintings of which several are of the battle of Haldighati. Except this, the museum also rooms a remarkable collection of miniatures. It has a unique depiction of the architectural and artistic evolution of Mewar through centuries.

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  1. Mehrangarh Museum Trust

The Mehrangarh Museum showcases the heritage of the Marwar. The museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, armaments and costumes.

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  1. Chitrashala, Bundi

Bundi is famous for its wall paintings and tourists from all around the world visit to see this intricate piece of art. The Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings and are still in its original form.

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These are some of the main museums which caught our attention. Though every city in the royal state of Rajasthan has its own addition to history, culture and tradition and has preserved it in their respective cities.

 

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14 Monsoon Destinations Of Rajasthan You Must Visit

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss 😉

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  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

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  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wells, Nawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

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  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

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  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

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  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least – capital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

 

 

Vintage & Classic Car Rally enthralled Pink City

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Narrating a legacy which just couldn’t be ignored, the motive force in the mission to uphold quaint old cars, Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club enamoured the Pink City of Jaipur with historical and exotic cars from the past, all at one place for display  on 23rd and 24th January,  at the 18th Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2016.

Organized in association with Department of Tourism, Rajasthan, the two days’ event brought together the aristocratic car collectors and owners in Jaipur. The 18th Vintage and Classic Cars Rally is an annual event which takes place in the capital city of Rajasthan having participation of iconic cars that dates back to the early century. Sparkling bright in their full glory, the Royal and Vintage Cars in Jaipur was a feast for eyes of the common people on weekend.

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With 102 participating cars from Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai, the Vintage and Classic Car exhibition was inaugurated for display and judging by Hon’ble Minister of Public Works Department & Transport, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Yunus Khan at Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur .

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Hundreds of entries had been received this time, the oldest machine on wheels being n Austin Chami from the year 1922, while Veteran cricketer Ravi Shastri’s  Audi, Mr. Ashok Gupta’s Rolls Royce and Hollywood’s Mountbatten were other major highlights.   Many of the cars participated in the Rally for the first time, confirming that their restoration effort remains in top gear. Among the listed entries were products from, Austin, Dodge, Pontiac, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Buick, Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

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On Sunday, 24th January, the rally started from Jai Mahal Palace, Jacob Road, Jaipur, at 10.30 am after it was flagged off by the MLA, President of BJP Rajasthan, Mr Ashok Parnami. The vintage beauties then cavalcaded through Albert Hall and major streets of jaipur reaching back to the venue. The event was concluded by prize distribution on the basis of maintenance, originality, performance and restoration. Princess Diya Kumari’s  1956 model Wonderbird won the “Conquers elegance the classics” award and Businessman Mr. Vivel Goenka’s Packard from the year 1934 won the title of most original car in the Rally.

 

Albert Hall Museum now opens for Night Tourism

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Centrally located in the midst of lush Ram Niwas Gardens of Jaipur, Albert Hall Museum is a treat to eyes for the passersby as well as those visiting the museum interior. The an assortment of rare articles, real war weapons, paintings, magnificent carpet and the Egyptian mummy during the day time offer a mesmerizing experience to the museum visitors. Time to rejoice that the central museum will now be open for Night Tourism on the line of Amer Fort and City Palace!

Watching the museum articles, especially the Egyptian mummy would be an exciting and thrilling experience for the visitors of Albert Hall Museum. The Museum that regularly shuts down by 04.30 pm will now remain open for the extended time i.e. 07.00 – 10.00 pm after a small break in between.

For the night tourism, the exterior, passages and corridors have been illuminated with glorious colourful lights.

The introductory ticket price for the same would be Rs 100 for both domestic as well as foreign tourist. Now enjoy the magnificence of Rajasthan’s oldest museum in new glory amid the lush gardens under starry sky of night.

 

Re- living 64 Years Of Rajasthan On Rajasthan Diwas Today

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As Rajasthan celebrates its 65th Rajasthan Diwas this year on 30thMarch 2015, we tell you the magnificent journey of 64 years. What makes Rajasthan so unique is its colorful culture, rich heritage and one of the tourist hubs. The state dazzles in its beauty and every glimpse is captures with due importance.

1. FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Rajasthan is a state which is known for the richness of traditions, and diverse culture. All the festivals are celebrated with joy, enthusiasm, zeal and zest. Some major fairs and festivals are Pushkar Fair, Jaisalmer Desert Fair, Gangaur, Teej, Marwar Festival, Holi and the list goes on.

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2. CUISINES

One cannot leave Rajasthan without tasting its food which is known for it spiciness and rich flavor. Rajasthani cuisine is mainly vegetarian but can be put together in a variety of mouthwatering dishes. A sweet is a must which is complemented with every meal. Some relishing dishes are dal bati churma which is a well known delicacy all around the world. Every region in Rajasthan has its own speciality and taste.

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3. FORTS, MONUMENTS & PALACES

Rajasthan is well known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces’. The forts of Rajasthan tell stories about the kings and queens and their journey during their period of reign. Each and every fort and fortress has a unique and unparalleled story behind it. Some monuments of Rajasthan are well recognized due to recognition by UNESCO, namely – Jantar Mantar (Jaipur), Kumbhalgarh fort, etc.

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4. FOLK MUSIC AND DANCES

The folk music and dance are important part of our culture and thus performed at every occasion, may it be a birth of a new born, anniversary or a welcome to the new season. The famous dance form of Rajasthan is Kalbelia, Terahtaali, Ghoomar, Chari, etc. Though dance is not the only art, music is considered important in the state of Rajasthan.

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5. WILDLIFE

Rajasthan is an abode to a number of species. It is known for diverse flora and fauna. Rajasthan lying in a desert region and having a varied topography is a home to various species. The Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Tiger Reserve are well known wildlife sanctuaries in this dry- arid region.

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6. HAND BLOCK PRINTING & BLUE POTTERY

Rajasthan is famous for its art and craft. Hand block printing, especially Bagru pint with floral and leaf motifs are seen and worn by a large number. Another recognized traditional art is of blue pottery, which has its origins from Rajasthan in India. In it the color blue and its shades are kept as the base color. Lehariya is also a style which originated from the land of Rajasthan.

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7. MUSEUMS

Museums are built to showcase the in-depth history of a place and to know about its culture. The museums of Rajasthan throw limelight to its rich heritage and varied, and diversified culture. Rajasthan is known worldwide for 1st silver museum in the world, situated in Udaipur. Not to forget the oldest museum of the state- Albert Hall, Jaipur is known for its rare articles. The other museums include- Government Museum in Jodhpur & Ajmer, Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum in Jaipur, etc.

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The incredible Albert Hall Museum of Jaipur

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Opened in 1887AD, Albert Hall Museum placed a midst of the gardens of the Ram Niwas Bagh in the Pink City is one of the oldest museums in the entire Rajasthan state. Located picturesquely in a garden just outside the walls of the old city, this marvelous structure is impossible to miss or ignore. And the multitudes of pigeons ensure a magnificent eyeshot.  It was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, an architect from Britain, who also designed several other places in the Rajasthan.This museum is a fine example of Indo-British architecture. The architecture of this building is based on that of Albert Museum in London.

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The Albert Hall Museum houses a very rare collection of decorative art objects, pottery objects, paintings, sculptures, woodwork, natural history specimens, an Egyptian Mummy that belongs to Ptolemaic era and the well known Persian Golden Carpet.

The ground floor of the museum displays the heritage of Rajasthan. Different dressing styles of Rajasthani tribes and classes are also displayed in exclusive galleries. A special gallery has also been dedicated to the art of heena – mehndi, where emphasis is laid on its various traditional designs. Exhibits from the Mughal era such as Royal portraits and pieces from the Royal wardrobe are displayed on the first floor.

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This museum is dedicated to showcasing and preserving the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan.

Timings: Opening Hours: 0900 hrs-1700 hrs, Wednesday to Monday ( closed on Tuesdays)

Entry Fee: (In Rupees): 
Indian: 20
Foreigner: 150

Take a trip to Rajasthan Museums on ‘World Museum Day’!

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The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day today on 18 May, 2013.

Museums can be a great way of peeking into the history of a place and culture as each artifact has some interesting tale. The museums in Rajasthan can get you a clear understanding of the rich and diverse culture, traditions, arts, history, crafts and other notable features of the state.

On“World Museum Day” let’s take  a trip to the famous museums of Rajasthan that form an intrinsic part of the tourist attractions of Rajasthan.

 Albert Hall, Jaipur

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located in the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur and is believed to be the oldest in the state. Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob designed the museum in 1876 to welcome King Edward VII on his visit to India. The museum was opened to public ten years later. The rare articles on display are metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, textiles, carpets, paintings of flora and fauna of the state, toys, and dolls.

Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum, City Palace, Jaipur

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Located within the City Palace complex, the museum is the brainchild of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and houses ancestral collections of successive rulers of Amer and Jaipur. Initially, only selective visitors and dignitaries could visit this museum with prior permission. In 1959 this private museum was opened to the public.

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The City Palace Museum is the jewel in the crown of the Udaipur City Palace Complex It is here that you can immerse yourself in the history of the Maharanas of Mewar, and really get a feel for their culture and how royalty lived.

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 Government Museum, Jodhpur

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Located in Umaid Public gardens of Jodhpur, the museum has a huge collection of artifacts that reveal the rich history of the region. It was during the reign of Maharaja Umed Signhji, the beautiful museum was built. The museum also boasts a great architecture and the credit goes to Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester.

The various exhibits of the museum include textiles, miniature portraits, weapons, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. The collection also consists of stuffed animals. Stuffed animals like birds are kept in glass cases. A separate military section, which displays wooden biplane models and an excellent brass battleship, is also well appreciated.

Prachina Museum, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

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With a vision to preserve rich cultural diversity and to showcase monolithic identity of Bikaner, this Cultural Center and Museum was established by Siddhi Kumari daughter of Late Maharaja Narendra Singhji of Bikaner in 2000, at the beginning of the new millennium. Located in the great Junagarh Fort, it reflects the vivid glimpses of legacy that survived in the contemporary past.

The museum displays royal costumes and textiles, family portraits of the former rulers, their changing cultural milieus from generation to generation, their response to Western influences, their ritualism and religious accessories, and the legacy of their patronage which survives in Bikaner’s contemporary arts and crafts till date.

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The city palace houses the excellent Rao Madho Singh Museum. You’ll find all the stuff necessary for a respectable royal existence – silver furniture, ingenious weapons and a stable of palanquins. The oldest part of the palace dates from 1624. Amazing mirror work and some of Rajasthan’s best-preserved miniatures decorate the small-scale apartments – the upstairs rooms dance with exquisite paintings of hunting and court scenes.

Government Museum, Ajmer

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Akbar built this imposing palace in 1570 – partly as a pleasure retreat, but mainly to keep a watchful eye on local rulers. It was here, on 10 January, 1616, that Sir Thomas Roe, ambassador of King James 1 of England, was given the first official audience by the Emperor Jehangir. Akbar’s Palace houses the government museum, which has a small collection of stone sculptures, weapons and miniature paintings.

The Art Gallery of the museum has specimens of miniature paintings on leaves of the peepal tree, mica and old lithopapers alongwith the paintings of the Maharajas of Bharatpur.

MehranGarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur

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The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur houses rare and interesting artifacts, textiles, paintings and transport items. The beautiful Palanquin and Howdah Galleries have some of the most captivating historic items that are both old and expensive, on display.

 

Recognize the role of museums across Rajasthan in enhancing heritage awareness and social identity, today on World Museum Day. Spend at-least half a day exploring the museums and most important, do not touch the artifacts that are preserved in the museum.

As per the information from the spokesperson of Archeological & Museum Department, there will be no entry fee charged from the visitors today visiting museums in the state.

And when we are writing this blog- Oldest Museum of the state- Albert Hall Museum gets virtual. Now, it has its own website started from today.

 Tourism minister of Rajasthan Ms. Bina Kak launched the website of the pride of Jaipur- The Albert Hall Museum.
One can have a virtual tour of the Museum through the website and also get other valuable information like timings, fares and more.
http://alberthalljaipur.gov.in/