Alwar city is overloaded with rich history and culture. It has long been a cultural hub of rajasthan and visitors can enjoy wonderful sightseeing, ancient monuments, temples, forts and outdoor markets and local restaurants at its every turn. The Alwar city is actually a bridge between two different worlds – Old Alwar, filled with maze-like streets, congested roads, colorful markets, temples, government buildings etc and New Alwar which is extended by localities, filled with spacious, tree-lined streets, parks, molls etc. In addition to natural sightseeing & medieval buildings there are certainly plenty of people of various cultures and tradition to meet, and many wonderful things to experience here.
Alwar is the heart of Rajasthan because it has always been the soul of various eras in Indian history. Be it the Rajput, Mughal regime or the British rule, the city was always at the fore of culture, and its plethora of monuments and historical structures is a testament to its cultural significance. If you wish to explore that very side of Alwar, there’s no better way to do so than by visiting its splendid museum.
Beautiful paintings & manuscripts, ancient sculptures, regional handicrafts, local art, crafts and musical instruments –Alwar’s Museums have rounded them up and set them in neatly labeled displays, you’d be a fool not to take advantage. For a small fee or entirely free you can take your pick of the city’s treasures ranging from historical to breath-taking to downright absurd. Situated in the City Palace, the Alwar Museum harbours various artefacts used by Rajput kings, including a unique collection of lacquered and ivory work, musical instruments, beautiful brass and pottery works from Jaipur and even hilts of swords and daggers. The Government Museum Alwar was formed post independence by converting a part of the City Palace, which also houses a number of items from the palace itself.
Inside Alwar Museum:
First section comprises of various archaeological finds, chiefly sculptures and valuable inscriptions from the region. It also showcases the mounted skins of wild animals like leopard, lion and tiger which narrate the shooting excursion of ancient rulers.
Second section has the valuable and precious Persian, Urdu, Arabic and Sanskrit manuscripts. This section also displays some fabulous paintings that belongs to the Mughal and Rajput school of painting. Some famous and important ones are the Gulistan of S’adi (the Garden of roses), Bostan (the Garden of Spring) and Waqiat-e-Babri (Mughal Emperor Babar’s autobiography).
Third section of the museum belongs to the armoury of state rulers. Various shields, swords, pistols, rifles, daggers and other kinds of weapons are there on display in this section.
In a nutshell, here is what you need to know:
Location: The Museum is located inside City Palace Alwar
Timing: 10 AM to 5 PM
Closed: On Friday and public holidays
How to reach City Palace Alwar:
By Air: – Jaipur (Sanganer Airport)- 162 Kms from Alwar City
New Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) – 170 Kms from Alwar City
By Train: Jaipur Railway Station – 147 Kms from Alwar Railway Station (3 Hours approx)
New Delhi Railway Station – 156 Kms from Alwar Railway Station (4 hours Approx)
By Road: Jaipur to Alwar (162Kms) Via NH11 and RJ SH 25
Delhi to Alwar (155 Kms) Via Alwar- Bhiwadi Road
Love history? Then a visit to Alwar Museum could be the best way to revisit the eras gone by! Explore it, soak in the charm and absorb the cultures of yore. For more info visit- http://www.myalwar.com/government-museum-in-alwar/
“We are not makers of History, We are made by History”
– Martin Luther King