Housing a stunning collection of artifacts that could make you spell bound, Amar Mahal Palace Museum in Jammu and Kashmir is a majestic Palace Museum that boasts of royalty and glamour. A residential place of Raja Amar Singh in the 19th century, the palace has now been converted into art gallery and museum to illustrate the history and the royal era of Jammu.
Timing: 10 am to 12 pm – 3 pm to 7 pm (Monday closed)
Location: Palace Road, Karan Nagar, Jammu Tawi, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
Entry Fees: Rs 5 for Children, Rs10 for Adults, Rs50 for Foreigners
Take a journey back into the royal history of Jammu and Kashmir through the magnificent Amar Mahal which was once a residential place of Raja Amar Singh in the 19th century. Constructed in 1862 in the French-Indo architectural style with red sandstone and a popular tourist attraction of the state of Jammu, the Amar Palace has now been converted into art galleries and museum that houses several significant artifacts. The palace is located on a hilltop with a stunning view of the Tawi River and the surrounding mountains.
Amongst the impressive collection of artifacts in the museum, the most stunning of them is the Golden throne weighing 120kg. The throne is well secured and locked inside a room but visitors can still see it through the panels. Other highlights displayed in the Amar Palace Museum include Kangra miniature paintings, a library housing 25,000 history books, and a priceless collection of precious art. Since the throne was the last seat of the Dogra emperor, an extensive range of pictures of the royal family are also on display. The museum complex also houses a massive statue of Maharaja Gulab Singh, the founder of the royal Dogra dynasty and the first Maharaja of the princely state of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Palace Museum has the famous Pahari paintings that adorn the walls which depict tales from the Mahabharata, Nal Damyanti, and other folk tales. A great place for history aficionados and art lovers, the museum offers the visitors a heritage tour of the complex to gain a deeper insight into the history and culture of Jammu and its cities.