(Last Updated on : 04/04/2012)
The best places to know more about the history of the district are the Museums in Jodhpur
. As a part of sightseeing tours the travelers will definitely be introduced to these museums. Almost all of them are located within the palace or fort premises. Tourists from all over the world visit these monuments. Besides the artifacts the museums are a pivotal source to know more about the royal people and their lifestyle. Guided tours are available for these museums here. Local transportations are available for arriving at these museums at Jodhpur
. The museums in this district are:-
Government Museum in Jodhpur:
It is located on the High Court Road and stands at the middle of the Umaid public gardens. During the reign of Maharaja Umaid Singhji both the museum building and the garden was constructed. The museum houses numerous weapons that the Rajputs
used. Besides the weapons attires, Rajasthani miniature portraits and items of local talents are also displayed here.
Paintings of the rajas, important manuscripts and images of Jain Tirthankaras are also exhibited here. These latter items reflect the religious beliefs of the people. Hinduism
was not the only major religious force at that time. The museum also has a library and a zoo. Within the museum stuffed animals are also to be found. The recreational activities of the royal people had put the wild animals on display at the museum. In the military section wooden models of biplanes are present and a magnificent brass battleship.
Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum:
The palace itself is worth checking out. Professionals from the west were hired to construct the palace. Maharaja Umaid Singhji had established this palace. The museum displays a wide array of items used by the royal family. Here too one will come across weapons as well as antiques. Several trophies are also displayed at the museum. A huge banner presented by Queen Victoria and an exclusive collection of vintage clocks is also put on display here.
Mehrangarh Fort Museum:
One of the most important and oldest forts in Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh Fort. The museum situated within it is truly the finest one in Jodhpur. The entire museum has been beautifully laid out for the vigil of the tourists. The palanquin section is the most often visited by the travelers. Here a wide collection of old palanquins has been kept. It will be quite interesting to check this out. Besides these there are apparels, paintings and decorated period rooms. This museum will give an insight into the grand lifestyle of the royal families.