Udaipur is one of the ancient cities in India hosting numerous palaces and lakes built in the ancient times. The city protects its artifacts of previous centuries as a symbol of the richness of the culture of Udaipur in the famous museums working here. The museums in the city can be included in the list of “must see places” in Udaipur. A visit to the museums in the city like Ahar museum, City Palace Museum, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum and the museum in Shilpgram would be helpful in knowing the city of Udaipur and its history more closely.
The wonderful Udaipur museums are the major tourist attraction of the city of Udaipur after the lakes in the city. The museums in the city can be said as one of the reasons behind the increasing no. of visitors to the Udaipur city every year. The world class museums offering an experience of being among the historic articles and artifacts in Udaipur are the most recommended places in the city to visit. The museums in the city are well maintained and protected by the relevant government departments in Rajasthan.
Having a visit to the museums in the city wouldn’t cause much more amount when compared to other tourist places in Udaipur. Udaipur museums are also the places providing the best knowledge about the history of Rajasthan and Rajputs in affordable prices. A list of the famous museums in the city of lakes is compiled below with a short description about the specialties of the museums:
City Palace Museum
The City Palace museum can be considered as a precious jewel in the City Palace complex
in Udaipur. The museum situated at one of the major parts of the palace, which hosts numerous ancient artifacts. The museum showcases a variety of protective gears, weapons like lethal pronged sword and many more items. The city palace built in the 16th century was opened to the public in the year of 1969 as a museum exhibiting the glory of the Mewar clan, who ruled the city of lakes for more than ten centuries.
The income from the museum is presently under the control of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, which is spending for the maintenance of the city palace. The priceless artworks on the interiors of the museum create an enjoyable atmosphere to the people who love to explore historic sites. Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar's personal portraits displayed in the museum are important attractions of the museum. The museum spreads over a huge area and designed in such a way that the visitors need to move on a maze like path to reach one end of the museum from other end.
The Ahar Museum is one of the best museums in the state of Rajasthan, protecting priceless artifacts in Udaipur. The museum is known in the name “Ahar Museum” since it is located in an area, three kilometers away from the heart of the city called Ahar. The list of the items in the museum includes statues and structures built in the 10th century. The royal cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar are the most important attraction of Ahar. There are about 250 Cenotaphs and 19 Chhatris in Ahar commemorating the kings who lead the dynasty of Mewar over past centuries.
Vintage Collection of Classic Cars in Udaipur
The collection of classic cars in the garden hotel in Udaipur includes a variety of classic cars owned by the royal families in Udaipur. The list of cars in the museum includes oldest models of Cadalec, Chevalate, Morais and many more classic cars. Majority of the cars in the museum were used by the Maharanas and some more cars were added to the collection gradually to provide a better experience to the automobile enthusiasts visiting the city of Udaipur.
Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
This is a museum operating associated to the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal in Udaipur. The Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum protects and exhibits a good collection of folk articles of Rajasthan. The collection of attractive items in the museum includes cultural dresses, masks, jewels, dolls, musical instruments, and paintings. The collection of articles by Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal for the last 44 years, displayed in the museum can be useful in learning the heritage of the region.
The Shilpgram in Udaipur is an ethnographic museum exhibiting the diversity in the culture and arts of western Indian states like Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are many artists living in this ethnic village to perform the folk arts of western India to the tourists to Udaipur. So one can watch the collection of rural crafts in the museum and gain an idea about the folk arts of the location in the Shilpgram. The Shilpgram spreads over the area of 70 acres, can be considered as a big hub of rural crafts and arts of western India. Click Here to know more
Bagore-ki-Haveli is a beautiful structure built on the banks of Lake Pichola in the 18th century by one of the prime ministers of the Mewar dynasty. The palace with more than hundred rooms displaying ancient royal costumes and artistic works attracts a large no. of visitors to the location. There are many attractions built in glass and clay, which is a major part of the architecture of Bagore-ki-Haveli, can be seen on a visit to the location. Things used by the Rajput royal families of Mewar like Jewells, hand fans, copper vessels, pan boxes, rose water sprinklers, and so many other equipments are also visible here. Click Here to know about the things to do at Bagore-ki-Haveli