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Jodhpur’s Sardar Government Museum Got a Facelift


The beautiful blue huesthe grand palaces and lavish hotels, Jodhpur is in itself a paradise. Imagine waking up to the rays to sun falling on you at a place from where the sun seems to rise. Known as the Sun City, Jodhpur is the gateway to the Thar Desert. Not just the palaces and hotels, Jodhpur is also quite famous for numerous museums it holds.

Well, the blue city is calling out the museum fans! Culture, history, animals or books, the Sardar Government Museum in Jodhpur is the way to go. Standing tall amidst the Umaid Bagh, built by Maharaja Umaid Singh and named after his father Maharaja Sardar Singh, the place is simply just lit!


With thousands and thousands of finest of objects at display, Sardar Government Museum is a treasure beyond comparison. The museums takes you on a journey to introduce you to the rich culture, the undying history and tales valour of the people of Jodhpur by the means of artefacts, coins and paintings miniatures, terracotta and so on.  Sardar Government Museum also houses a grand collection of arms among many other objects.



The museum is one of the rare ones to have a library and a zoo. Sadly because of negligence, the museum lost its charm. But with great efforts done lately, it went through a phase of restoration and conservation and is now open again for the public after the inauguration ceremony held earlier this month. We are glad that the museum is now back at being the diamond that it was meant to be.

If you are a keen historian or someone whom the cultural history of places interests, or simply a traveller, we highly recommend you to visit the gem on the lands of the blue city for an experience like never before.


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Re- living 64 Years Of Rajasthan On Rajasthan Diwas Today


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.


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.



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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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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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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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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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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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

Pic Courtesy: Gaurav Hajela

Pic Courtesy: Gaurav Hajela

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.

Pic Courtesy: Gaurav Hajela

Pic Courtesy: Gaurav Hajela



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.


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

Rediscover the History on World Museum Day at Rajasthan Museums


Every year, May18th is considered as the World Museum Day. Today on the “World Museum Day” let us introduce you to the famous museums of Rajasthan that form an intrinsic part of the tourist attractions of Rajasthan. The museums of Rajasthan are the repository of the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan that speak of the valor and chivalry, the brutal wars and the glorious conquests of the days gone by. The famous museums of Rajasthan are:

City Palace Museum, Jaipur

The City Palace complex has a museum nestled amidst old buildings, temples and the palace quarters that exhibit the ancestral collections built up by the successive rulers of Amber and Jaipur such as paintings, manuscripts, maps, carpets, textiles, costumes, weapons and armors.

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

The Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum of Rajasthan and was built in 1876 when King Edward VII visited India as the Prince of Wales I. This museum has variety of rare articles on its display including metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, textiles, carpets, paintings, flora and fauna of the state, toys, dolls and the famous carpet, which depicts the scene of a Persian garden with running water streams.

Government Museum, Ajmer

The Government Museum is located in the fort of Ajmer that was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1570. It exhibits sculptures in the excavations of the old villages of the region such as Noh, Mallah, Bareh, Bayana dating back to 1st century to 19thcentury and also the arms and weapons belonging to Jat rulers of the medieval period, paintings, manuscripts, zoological specimens, and local arts and crafts.

Mehrangarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur

The Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur has a beautiful museum that boasts of rare and interesting artifacts, textiles, painting and transport items. Its Palanquin Gallery and Howdah Gallery display some of the most captivating historic items that are both old and expensive.

Fateh Prakash Palace Museum, Chittorgarh

The Fateh Prakash Palace, located within the Chittorgarh Fort, houses an exquisite museum that showcases post-medieval sculptures dating back to 8th-9th century along with beautiful clay models of local tribal people in their traditional outfits.

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum, Udaipur

A unique museum, the Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum of Udaipur helps in the preservation of the heritage of folk music and dance of the region and displays dresses, dolls, masks, musical instruments and paintings. The puppets are especially noteworthy here.

Govt. Museum, Jaisalmer

The Government Museum in Jaisalmer opened in 1984, houses a large collection of wood and marine fossils and sculptures dating back to the 12th century from the ancient townships of Kiradu and Lodurva that depicts the graceful youth of those times.

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

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