Offbeat Museums with Cultural Treasures across India – The Bum who Travels


When I am travelling to an offbeat I generally make it a point to verify out if there’s a state museum about. Typically state museums are situated in capital cities and they make the ideal locations for an introduction to a state’s culture for travellers like me. More than the course of my journeys across India and a couple of components of the globe, I’ve managed to generally obtain time to devote time at museums and even though this list could have stretched to far more than 100 museums – it is understood that that may well not be the ideal concept. Thereby, presenting a brief list : Offbeat Museums with Cultural Treasures from distinctive components of India. 

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Chamba – Bhuri Singh Museum

Undoubtedly, one particular of the ideal museums to see in the mountains state of Himachal Pradesh. It was one particular location that I was truly keen on seeing in Chamba and it didn’t disappoint at all. Bhuri Singh Museum has amazing displays that bring out the wealthy previous and culture of the ancient Kingdom of Chamba.

Bhuri Singh Museum Chamba
A spectacular wooden door displayed at Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamba.

Bhuri Singh Museum was founded in 1908 by the then Raja of Chamba, Raja Bhuri Singh with the help of Dr. Vogel. Bhuri Singh Museum has a collection of far more than 8500 art objects from old occasions connected to archaeology, art and craft and cultural anthropology. There is an exquisite collection of miniature paintings from Chamba and Kangra college of paintings. Detailed descriptions are provided and the museum is spread more than a space of two floors. I keep in mind spending the ideal portion of three hours going to this museum in Chamba.

A silver palanquin utilized for the Royal Loved ones.

Amongst vital issues to notice in Bhuri Singh Museum are beautiful door frames with intricate wood carvings, sculptures, coins, an exquisite collection of Chamba rumals, historical documents, manuscripts, and ancient inscriptions.

Entry charge : 20 Rs and camera charge : 50 Rs. 

Keylong – Lahaul &amp Spiti Tribal Museum

This unheard of gem is situated in the tiny single-lane marketplace of Keylong. The Lahaul &amp Spiti Tribal Museum is so offbeat that I didn’t even notice it on my initially two visits to Keylong. It was only on my third take a look at that I saw a signboard and my curious and inquisitive traveller thoughts straight away attempted to enter the museum to only realise that it was locked for the day. As fate would have it, I had to leave from Keylong for Ladakh the subsequent day, and the Lahaul &amp Spiti Tribal Museum had to be missed.

Classic Himachali footwear known as Pula.

When I returned to Keylong subsequent time on my way to Zanskar, I ultimately walked inside the hallowed doors of this extremely resourceful museum. It is a fascinating cultural delight of the tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti. There are old photographs of tourist web-sites in Lahaul and Spiti district, a amazing collection of regular attires worn by guys and girls.

Richly created shawls at the exhibit.

There are ancient utensils on show donated by distinctive households from the area, prayer lamps, old dance masks, regular footwear (known as pula), and modern pictures of the regional monasteries and landscapes. The tribal museum is a wonderful way to get acquainted with the history and culture of Lahaul &amp Spiti.

Inside the museum, there are lots of rooms labeled by distinctive regions of Himachal Pradesh displaying tribal art and other curios. Some rooms in the Museum also have displays of thangka paintings and ancient manuscripts. The collection of artefacts and antiques is spectacular and names of the original givers of products have been indicated and also the use of every item has been described.

Timings : 10 to five am, Entry No cost

Munsyari – Tribal Heritage Museum

I’d reached Munsyari and considering that my tummy wasn’t in wonderful shape, I decided to stroll about and got very fortunate to come across this offbeat museum. For culture and history enthusiasts, the Tribal Heritage Museum is a wonderfully maintained private museum by retired teacher S S Pangtey. It options uncommon treasures of the Bhotia tribe and is the tough operate of a regional scholar, S S Pangtey to preserve the history of Johar Valley.

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Amongst the numerous collections of the museum are : Wooden utensils utilized by the Bhotias in cooking that contain bowls, cooking pots, spoons, vanity boxes and so forth. I was truly truly shocked to see hookahs and wine bottles produced of wood, and bags produced from yak skin. The museum has a uncommon collection of photographs of the villages of Johar valley prior to and following 1962, when the trade route with Tibet was sealed and the valley was deserted for lack of other earning solutions following the Chinese intervention in 1959.

Amongst other detailed collections by SS Pangtey are artefacts, coins and a special collection of distinctive kinds of herbs that are grown in this location. Organic coloured threads are also displayed along-with regular dresses of Bhotia guys of Johar Valley. Tourists need to come to this museum with a relaxed time of two-three hours. Do not miss the dried Himalayan flowers such as the popular aphrodisiac keeda jadi, Tibetan brick tea, and Buddhist stone carvings.

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Entry – 20 Rupees

Manali – Museum of Himachal Culture &amp Folk Art

Right after far more than a dozen visits to Manali in all seasons, I had no concept of the existence of this museum. In September – October 2015, I was staying in Manali for a month and on a day when it rained – had the fantastic fortune of stumbling upon the Museum of Himachal Culture &amp Art. This museum showcases a wealth of cultural and historical delights from across Himachal Pradesh. Even the entry door is intricately carved and offers a glimpse of the riches that lie inside.

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There are fascinating models of temples and forts in and about the Kullu Valley, as properly as regular textiles and costumes, musical instruments, dance masks, regular utensils and masks representing village deities of Himachal Pradesh. Architectural models of Pahadi style of creating are displayed and art connoisseurs and curious travellers are confident to obtain joy going to this offbeat and uncommon museum museum.

Entry Charge – 10 Rupees

Kota – Rao Madho Singh Museum

The Rao Madho Singh Museum in Kota is a palace that has been converted into a museum. It is situated in the old palace identified as ‘Garh Palace’ situated on the bank of Chambal River and is named following the son of the initially ruler of Kota. The highlight of the Rao Madho Singh Museum is the bedroom of Maharaja Rao Madho Singh Museum situated in Garh Palace. A beautiful Museum with great Paintings. The complete location is pretty quiet and clean, and one particular can think about himself in the previous with its quite a few cultural treasures.

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The museum has a excellent collection of Rajput miniature paintings of the Kotah college, exquisite sculptures, depiction of royal modes of transport, old photographs, frescoes and armory. The Rao Madho Singh museum also homes a wealthy cache of artistic products utilized by the Kota rulers. It is certainly amongst the ideal museums of Rajasthan with regards to cultural and regular delights. The armoury section of the museum is spectacular with its exquisite collection of weapons of the Rajputs. Amongst the exhibits are vintage era knives, stainless steel swords, pistols, rifles.

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Entry Charge – Rs. 30. 50 Rupees additional for camera.
More charge of INR 200 if you want to see individual space of the King with a lot of stuff displayed. The fresco paintings inside are exquisite and worthy of a take a look at.

Ajmer – Akbar’s Palace &amp Museum

This was constructed in 1570 and was initially named Daulat Khana by Akbar. When the British had been in energy, they maintained a significant garrison inside the fort. It was the residence of Prince Salim, the son of the Emperor Akbar. Akbar’s Palace is vital from a historical point of view, in 1660 the British got a toehold in India when Sir Thomas Roe, a representative of the British East India Organization met Emperor Jahangir and gained his permission to establish the initially British factory at Surat, at Akbar’s Palace and Museum.

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It is a massive structure and these days homes a Government Museum with a wealthy collection of rock inscriptions, stone statues and sculptures dating from the 8th to 12th century. I was especially mesmerised with the attractive doors and architecture of the central creating inside the fort, showcasing a wealth of cultural treasures. Also on show in the museum are a collection of old weapons and miniature paintings of Rajasthan and sculptures and artefacts from the Mughal occasions.

Entry Charge : 10 Rupees 

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