Museums in India

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City Palace of Udaipur

City Palace is a name that rings a bell of amazing culture and great architecture. It is one of the must things to do in Jaipur. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is a combination of amazing courtyards, buildings and gardens. Jai Singh was the Maharaja to build the outer most wall of City Palace. However, there has been various restorations and adaptations in the following centuries till date. There are various buildings within the palace, many of which were built in the 20th century. Where architecture is concerned, it is a beautiful mix of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures. The entry gate, Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal which has a colonial look and a mix of Islamic, European and Rajput style of architecture. Today, this place is a museum that shows various exhibits starting from royal shawls to costumes. Some other places to explore here are diwan-e-khas, diwan-i-am, the armoury and Chandra Mahal.
15 Reviews

Nahargarh Fort

It was in 1734 when the formation of Nahargarh Fort started in the city of Jaipur which continues for over a century till 1868. The fort was made for military purposes on the northern side of the city. It is named after the Maharaja Nahar Singh. Along with the built and architecture of the fort that is worth a watch, there is a restaurant here for those who want to take a food break on their long tour to the place. Do not forget to enjoy the beautiful sunset from here in the evening.
13 Reviews

City Palace of Jaipur

City Palace is a name that rings a bell of amazing culture and great architecture. It is one of the must things to do in Jaipur. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is a combination of amazing courtyards, buildings and gardens. Jai Singh was the Maharaja to build the outer most wall of City Palace. However, there has been various restorations and adaptations in the following centuries till date. There are various buildings within the palace, many of which were built in the 20th century. Where architecture is concerned, it is a beautiful mix of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures. The entry gate, Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal which has a colonial look and a mix of Islamic, European and Rajput style of architecture. Today, this place is a museum that shows various exhibits starting from royal shawls to costumes. Some other places to explore here are diwan-e-khas, diwan-i-am, the armoury and Chandra Mahal.
14 Reviews

Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

Jantar Mantar is a renowned name and an attraction is Jaipur which is famous around the globe. It is adjacent to the other highlight of the city, City Palace. Maharaja Jai Singh started this observatory in the year 1728. The structure of Jantar Matar looks more like a bizzare of sculptures. Yanta Mantr a Sanskrit word is behind the name of the monument which in English means an instrument used for calculation. The place has another added point to its credit in the form of UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. Scholars were sent to foreign countries by the Maharaja before he planned to construct this observatory.
11 Reviews

Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

This is another of the palaces where the royals used to reside in the past and is today one of the museums where people explore different exhibits. Apart from being a museum, Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the luxurious hotels in the city of Jodhpur. Once you travel around 3 kms from the city towards the southeast area, you will reach the place. Gaj Singh II still lives in one of the parts of the Umaid Bhawan. The palace was built in 1929. The place has about 365 rooms and was designed and created by one of the famous British architects – Henry Lanchester. This palace was originally made for Raja Umaid Singh. To successfully build this palace it took about 15 years with around 3000 workers working on it and about an expenditure of 11 million INR. Makrana marble was used in the exteriors of the palace whereas Burmese teak in the inside. The collection of vintage clocks is another attraction to be seen here.
8 Reviews

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame arouses the patriotism that every Indian has hidden. It shows the brutal atrocities of the Kargil War, how every soldier survives in those conditions and every aspect that makes you feel proud of being an Indian, or well generates a sense of respect in everyone who comes visit. The Magnetic hiill is just a strech leaves you wondering if its science, magic or just an optical illusion when you car moves ahead all on its own. N with the Sangam as the last stop, once again you end up relishing the sheer beauty of Laddakh. It's here that that the muddy Zankar river and the clear Indus merge and form the Indus river that flows toward Pakistan. It's also a spot for trying river rafting for the adventure seekers.
5 Reviews

Victoria Memorial Hall

The Marble Memorial is a popular attraction in the whole world and people who come to Kolkata make sure they visit this place. The beautiful marble marble monument is built in Indo- Saracenic style with a blend of Mughal style opf architecture. This is also a symbol of British victory in India. The foundation was laid down in 1906 by the Prince of Wales and the building was built in the memory of Queen Victoria and also named after her. The memorial houses a beautiful museum which is also one of the most prominent if you want to know about the British Era. The whole complex covers a huge area and is surrounded by beautiful gardens which is also a popular picnic destination. Inside the museum you find photographs of people who had contributed in some way or the other towards the development of the state as well as the country. There are also a number of ancient artworks and weapons inside the museum. The light and sound show in the evenings is nerve wrecking as the sound of the British armies walking past behind you thrills you and the light work is done inside the memorial. It is like a time travel and is a place where people of all ages can enjoy.
10 Reviews

Albert Hall Museum

When you enter the city of Jaipur, there will be a huge mansion that will catch your attention on the middle of the road. It is actually situated in the heart of Jaipur. The mansion is nothing but what is popularly known as Albert Hall Museum. The various exhibits from the past starting from paintings and sculptures to the preserved things used by the royal families like armours and clothing are something that will take you off your feet and on a time machine ride into the past. This is a must visit for historical buffs and those interested in art.
4 Reviews

Bagore Ki Haveli

As the name suggests, this attraction is a haveli based out of Udaipur. It was constructed in the 18th century by the Prime Minister of Mewar. For those who want to feel the heritage of Rajasthan, first hand, this is the place to be. There is some great folk music and dance that one can enjoy here as an extra benefit. The cultural show is what pulls thousands of visitors to Bagore ki Haveli. Puppet shows and a beautiful display of Indian marriages is also shown here from time to time. Apart from this, there is a rich collection of musical instruments as well as clothes preserved here in the museum that will be a memory to cherish. There are ancient paintings as well as souvenirs from battles of the Rajputs that can be found here.
5 Reviews

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

Place where you would see the whole history of conquering Mt. EVEREST
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Salar Jung Museum

Situated on the south western banks of the Musi River and in the Afzalgunj Region, this is the 3rd largest museum of the country. This is also the largest museum with one man collections. There are 38 galleries with over 500000 exhibits here which were earlier housed in a private museum which was then inaugrated by the Prime Minister Jawaharlak Nehru. The present Museum we see was opened in the year 1968. Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III was the able Prime Minister of the 7th Sultan of Hyderabad and is known to have spent almost all his income and 35 years of his life in collectiong the unique pieces which are still conserved here from all over the world. He was extremely passionate about his hobby and the museum is also named after him. The collections remained in the Deodi Palace even after his death before these were showed to the public. The most prized possessions are the statue of Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles.
6 Reviews

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is a renowned name and an attraction is Jaipur which is famous around the globe. It is adjacent to the other highlight of the city, City Palace. Maharaja Jai Singh started this observatory in the year 1728. The structure of Jantar Matar looks more like a bizzare of sculptures. Yanta Mantr a Sanskrit word is behind the name of the monument which in English means an instrument used for calculation. The place has another added point to its credit in the form of UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. Scholars were sent to foreign countries by the Maharaja before he planned to construct this observatory.
3 Reviews

Rangdum Gompa

Rangdum is a town lost in time warp. A town of merely a dozen houses or so with the Rangum Gompa dotting the landscape and being the focal point, this is one enigmatic place on the way to Padum. Surrounded by lofty mountains and sprawling grasslands, Rangdum is a place to feel one with nature and yourself. Everywhere you look, you will fall be enamored by its vastness, quietude, and solace.
3 Reviews

National Rail Museum

The National Rail Museum is really a museum in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi which centers on the rail heritage of India it opened on the 1 February 1977. It is located in over 10 acres of land with both indoor and outdoor exhibits.
4 Reviews

Raj Ghat

This is one of the most important memorials on the banlks of the Yamuna River flowing in the capital city. not only is it a symbol of the capital city but a national heritage and a place of importance in the political history of India. The main attraction here is the black marble stone block which is placed just over the place where the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in the year 1948. This block is surrounded by a park which is lined with a number of memorable trees with labels such as the ones planted by Queen Elizabeth, ho Chi Minh of china and other such eminent personalities from the whole world. There are two museums dedicated to Gandhiji just nearby.
2 Reviews

Mirza Ghalib Ki Haveli

Mirza Ghalib was a very famous classical Urdu and Persian poet of India. The Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli that we can see now is where he had spent the better part of his life. He had named this haveli, “Hakimo ki Haveli”. It was almost in ruins a decade back and started being used as shops but, the Delhi government restored a part of it in 1999 and made a memorial here. This was inaugurated in the year 2000. The charm of the Chandni Chowk lanes increases with such an important place in here. The museum mostly houses selected pieces of poetries by Ghalib himself. Here you will also find letters penned down by the legend himself, his photographs, etc. The most important photograph is the last one that was clicked just a few days before his death. Another part of the haveli has been restored with great care to give it back its original grandeur.
4 Reviews

Corbett Museum

This museum intertwines the wildlife with its historical background.and is housed in Jim Corbett’s former house at Kaladhungi, 26km southeast of Ramnagar. The museum, apart from capturing this famous hunter’s abode, also showcases a variety of mannequins of animals of all species found in the park with a detailed description. The prices of entry are as low as 50 Rs and the timings are 8 am to 5 pm.
2 Reviews

Sanchi Stupas

The archeological museum was established by Sir John Marshell after the site was discovered in 1818 by General Taylor. The museum also houses Sir John Marshall’s hut. Sir Marshal was instrumental in restoration of the structures excavated at Sanchi. Constructed in colonial style, the hut stands as a pure historical delight amidst lush green garden and a beautiful view
2 Reviews

Jai Vilas Palace Museum

The grand Jai Vilas Mahal was established by the then Maharaja of Gwalior, Jayajirao Scindia. The palace has been home to the royal Maratha Scindia family since 1874 and continues to house the descendants of the great founder. It was known that Maharaja Jayajirao was a connoisseur of fine design and furniture, hence the interiors of the palace have been decorated with accessories from all over the world, such as England, Egypt, Japan, China and Italy.
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Agumbe Rainforest Research Station

But I went in prepared. Over-prepared even. My ruck-sack weighed close to 25 kilos (55 lbs) for a 4 -day foray into the enchanting forest surrounding Agumbe, a quaint little one-road town nestled in a valley of the Shimoga district. Everything was perfect until I reached the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. A cop I met on the way was good enough to offer me a ride to the station and enroute, told me all about the naxal violence in the area while simultaneously assuring me that camping within the woods was safe for me on account of being a civilian( the discrimination!) I was quite relieved to be honest, after all he was a cop.Later, the good folks at the Research Station told me a story about an incident that had happened in the woods not more than a month before that date. Long story short, an inspector in charge of a police patrol combing the forest for naxals decided to take a dip in this creek he found and sent his boys to circle around. On returning, the patrol spotted movement near the edge of the creek which spooked a few boys who promptly fired off in the general direction of the movement out of sheer nerves, killing poor inspector saab in the process.Uh-oh.So, I was advised to stick to tourist spots and the temples by the good people of the ARRS. Since evidently, the training or the lack thereof and almost god-like levels of immunity make the cops a much bigger threat than the naxals. Now this was all rather disappointing. I mean, I had after all come all this way, and now silly things like death were posing a problem.In light of all this, I decided to do what any rational person would do in a similar situation: First, I drank. A lot. Next, I bid farewell to the nice people of ARRS and then walked straight into the damn forest. fuck it. If all went well I thought, I’d be shooting cops by nightfall. I didn’t have a great camera but i did manage to take pictures of a few random things (I stopped using the camera by dusk to avoid detection by flash) which I will upload as soon as I can find the damn thing’s usb cable grrr.Anyway, I found this clearing in the forest at around 2100 and pitched my tent in the moon shade of a giant Banyan tree. By 2230 I was fed and intoxicated. It was perfect. There is a certain joy in being completely alone while being constantly reminded, subtly so, of the fallacy of the notion. The forest, it forces you to embrace the otherwise. There is a toxic level of uncertainty and certainty that exist simultaneously and even battle each other for your reasoning. The trick is to fear and prepare against the certain as best you can and let uncertainty dwell on its own.IMG-20130403-WA0005I spent the night listening to the forest, I was eavesdropping. A few times, I could hear what I thought was a Gaur quite close to my tent. Maybe he wanted to investigate my intrusion, I’ll never know. But what I know for a fact is that I was under constant observation the whole time. It’s an eerie feeling, being watched. And as they watched, I listened.There is something peculiar about this exchange that surpasses simple sensory function, it’s an adaption, a mini-evolution if you will. And if you allow yourself to partake in this seemingly mundane activity, over time you will start to feel like a part of the forest itself. You can almost FEEL the life around you get agitated as you enter its domain and then relax with time’s passing. But only if you’re earnest. There are unwritten rules which reveal themselves to you, like layers. After all, the energy which is inside you that you may call your soul, your sub-conscience has been around since the start of it all (think law of conservation of energy) and has experienced this before and now, your soul is nostalgic. And if you’re lucky, your soul will take you home. To your real home, wherever that may be.
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Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat

This is an art gallery in Bangalore and is mainly known for the regular exhibitions and public events held here. The main aim of this place is to make people more aware of the art and culture of South India, especially Karnataka. A part of this has been carved into an art college with the same name and this is now a very prominent school of art in the world of contemporary and traditional painting. The Chitra Shante is the annual festival of art and culture organized by the Parishath authorities.
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