I was desperately waiting for the sun to rise because I was all set to explore the multi-faceted grandeur of Jodhpur. My morning was early because I was keen and excited to explore the architectural beauty of Jodhpur. My first stop in Jodhpur was the Umaid Bhawan Palace museum.
From Ajmer, Jodhpur is almost 214 kms and so I decided to choose the roadway. So, one day prior I quickly booked a cab using my mobile. I started early in the morning and was amazed by the beautiful and well maintained roads of Jodhpur. As soon as started heading towards Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Jodhpur, my heart starting beating faster as I was going to unravel the Indian royalty.
The timings of this marvelous place are from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and the best part is it remains open the entire week. The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 30 per person, for foreign tourists is Rs. 100 and Rs. 10 for children who are between the age group of 5 to 11 years. As I started early, I reached on time at the museum. The art museum recollects the story of Maharaja Umaid Singh, who was so fond of Western architecture that he appointed a well known architect to create this spectacular place.
As I entered, I was left awestruck when I saw the elite collection of items that belonged to the Maharaja and his family. The most fascinating items that I came across were the weapons, stuffed leopards, rare antiques, artifacts and various trophies. It doesn’t end here, as there was a wide collection of crockery, cutlery, photographs which enthralled me to the core.
There was also a huge banner that was presented by Queen Victoria which just grabbed everyone’s attention. I also witnessed some remarkable collection of clocks and how could I forget the vintage collection of cars! They were the icing on the cake. I felt like driving one of them!
There was also a small souvenir shop which helped me choose some of the best gifts for my friends and family. Bewildered and mesmerized my footsteps were clinging to the ground and not ready to turn back from this finest piece of architecture.