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Guide to the Must-Visit Museums in Udaipur

Udaipur, founded in 1559 by Mewar King Maharana Udai Singh II, is now home to a museum highlighting the city’s outstanding architectural and regal legacy. Its vivid culture, enthralling lakes, and magnificent castles and gardens draw visitors worldwide.

Tourists like its excellent museums concentrating on local culture, handicrafts, antique autos, and royal living. Let’s take a look at the top 6 museums in Udaipur.

Museums in Udaipur

1. City Palace Museum, Udaipur

The City Palace Museum houses a collection of Mewar Dynasty relics. It depicts images, portraits, musical instruments, weaponry, murals, cutlery pieces, scriptures, living styles, and much more from the Sisodiya family. 

Aside from antiques, the museum has elaborate wall carvings, mirrors, stunning glasswork, and tiles. Manek Chowk, Janana Mahal, Pratap Gallery, and Badi Mahal are also intriguing areas.

Location: City Palace, Old City, Udaipur, 313001, Rajasthan 

How to reach: Reach here by auto, taxi, or tourist bus. It is 2.7 km from Udaipur Railway Station, 2 km from Udaipole Bus Stand, and 23 km from Maharana Pratap Airport Udaipur.

Timing: 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM 

Ticket: 300 INR for adults and 100 INR for children

What to expect: Intricate wall paintings, a peaceful environment, and art and culture. Highlights include Mor Chowk, Badi Chitrashali Cowk, Moti Mahal, Kaanch ki Burj, and Zenana Mahal

Nearby location: Lake Pichola, Old City, City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon ki Bari, Jagdish Temple, Karni Mata Temple, etc. 

2. Ahar Archaeological Museum, Udaipur

If Mewar’s history interests you, you should visit the newly restored Ahar Archaeological Museum, located across the Ahar Cenotaphs. It contains Palaeolithic Old Stone Age remnants and depicts prehistoric life. Weapons, paintings, and sculptures are in one area of the museum, while rare copper and clay pottery dating back roughly 3300 years.

Location: Ahar Cenotaphs, Main Rd, Ganpati Nagar, Udaipur, 313001, Rajasthan

How to reach: Come here via car or bus. It is 18.9 km from Maharana Pratap Airport, 4.6 km from Udaipur Railways Station, and 3.4 km from Udaipole Bus Station.

Ticket: 3 INR

Timing: 9.45 AM to 5.15 PM, Friday Closed 

What to expect: You get to see the true bygone era of Rajasthan. Ancient objects like coins, earthen pottery, iron objects, a Buddha statue, Vishnu Nag Nathan, and a 4000-year-old township excavated in Rajasthan 

Nearby location: Shrinath Ji Temple, Saas Bahu Temple, Bagore Ki Haveli, Shri Ekling Ji Temple

3. Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum, Udaipur

Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal offers insights into Rajasthani folk culture, Gujarati culture, and Madhya Pradesh culture. Dance and indigenous art forms are promoted by this organization, which was started in 1952 by the late Shri Devi Lal Samar, a dance and music teacher. He constructed it to give local craftspeople recognition and a living. In 1968, the Indian government awarded him the Padma Shri Award for his contributions to art and culture. Tribal jewelry, puppets, paintings, ceramics, handicrafts, masks, and musical instruments are displayed. A separate theatre hosts dance and music performances around 6 p.m. and a short puppet show at regular intervals.

Location: Near Chetak Circle, Madhuban, Udaipur 

How to reach: A taxi or private car is the best way to reach Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal. Situated in the city center, it is 3.2 km from Udaipole Bus Station, 4.4 km from the railway station, and 22.8 km from Maharana Pratap Airport.

Ticket: 20 INR for Indians, 35 INR for foreigners

Timing: 9 AM to 5.30 PM 

What to expect: Experience the culture and tradition of Rajasthan with Rajasthani attires, ritual pots, wall sculptures, paintings, and puppets

Nearby location: Sukhadia Circle, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Maharana Pratap Memorial, Jagdish Temple, Bagore ki Haveli, etc.

4. Vintage and Classic Car Museum, Udaipur

The royal family adored monarchy and antiques. As a result, Rolls Royce Motor Cars were their preference from 1907 to 1947. The Maharanas of Mewar has an impressive collection of vintage vehicles housed at the city center’s Vintage and classic car museum. The City Palace garage museum houses 20 automobiles. While the oldest Rolls Royce 20 HP supported 1924 and Rolls Royce Phantom 1934, utilized in James Bond Octopussy film, may be viewed here. The royal families still use Cadillacs on rare occasions. There is still a Shell gas station in the garage, and all automobiles are in working condition.

Location: Near The Garden Hotel, Old City, Shakti Nagar, Udaipur 

How to reach: It is easily accessible by auto, car, or bus as it is 22 km from the airport, 1km from the railway station, and 900mtr from Udaipole Bus Stand.

Ticket: 250 INR for adults, 150 INR for children

Timing: 9 AM to 9 PM 

What to expect: Vintage car collection with Rolls Royce Phantom, Cadillac Convertible, and many such antique cars 

Nearby locations: Lake Pichola, City Palace, Karni Mata Mandir, Jagdish Temple, Bagore ki Haveli, and many more.

5. Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur

Bagore ki Haveli, an 18th-century house on Lake Pichola at Gangaur Ghat, was once inhabited by Amarchand Badwa and Nath Singh of Bagore, the son of Maharana Sangram Singh II. Following independence, it underwent another restoration before opening as a museum of art and culture. Two floors are dedicated to the collection of Mewar area arts and crafts. Over 100 rooms, gardens, and terraces are decorated with mirror pieces and paintings in the palace.

From 7 to 8 PM, in the Neem Courtyard, enjoy a puppet show and Dharohar Folk Dance performance. Indian citizens must purchase separate tickets costing 90 INR, while foreigners must pay 150 INR. If you wish to bring a camera, you must pay an extra 150 INR. Ensure check-in at least 30 minutes before the show to get a front-row seat. 

Location: Opposite Gangaur Ghat, Near Hotel Gangaur Palace, Udaipur 

How to reach: Reach here by auto, bus, or taxi. If you are in the old city, you can walk down to this place.

Ticket: 50 for Indians, 100 for foreigners

Timing: 9. 30 AM to 5.30 PM 

What to expect: Upon reaching, the first thing you notice is the lavish rooms, courtyard, and terraces with puppets, royal paintings, costumes, kitchen implements, and a turban collection.

Nearby location: Lake Pichola, City Palace, Ambrai Ghat, Gangaur Ghat, Udaipur Art Villa

6. Crystal Gallery, Udaipur

The Royal family’s crystal collection is worth seeing. In addition to Darbar Hall, it is the largest private collection of crystals in the world. In 1877, Maharana Sajjan Singh commissioned this collection from a British manufacturer. Unfortunately, the king died before shipment, so he never saw the collection.

Location: City Palace Complex, Udaipur, 313001, Rajasthan 

Ticket: 700 INR for adults and 400 INR for children ( tickets inclusive of museum, Darbar hall, and audio guide)

Timing: 9 AM to 7 PM 

What to expect: You will be amazed to see crystal beds, sofas, chairs, tables, and chairs entirely made of crystals. 

Nearby location: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Ambrai ghat, Bagore ki Haveli, etc.

7. Moti Magri Museum, Udaipur

Moti Magri displays Rajput soldiers’ valor. It has a ferocious statue of Maharana Pratap Singh riding his beloved horse Chetak. Models of Haldighati, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, and painting back of Mewar history with the forgotten epic of Dewair warfare. The panoramic view of Lake Fateh Sagar from the hilltop is breathtaking.

Location: Fateh Sagar Road, Pearl Hill, Udaipur 

How to reach: Auto or Cab is the best option to visit Moti Magri.

Ticket: 25 INR for adults and 5 INR for children 

Timing: 7.30 AM to 7 PM 

What to expect: Experience the valor of Maharana Pratap Singh Ji, the Battle of Haldighati, miniatures of Kumbhalgarh Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, scriptures, and the great statue of Mahrana Pratap Singh 

Nearby location: Fateh Sagar Lake, Pearl Hill, Sajjangarh Fort, Sajjangarh Biological Park

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