Amar Mahal Palace in Jammu is one of the important tourist places visited by majority of the
tourists coming to Jammu. It was built by Raja Amar Singh in the 19th century and resembles a French Chateau as it was planned by a French architect. The palace is now converted in to a museum
which began functioning from 1975. We took a cab to reach the place and arrived at 11.00 am. The museum is open for public viewing from 10.00 to 12 noon and then from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm. it is
open on all days of the week except for Mondays.
We reached the main gate and after paying the entrance fee, got inside. The entrance fee was Rs.10 per person and Rs.5 for children. The palace was built on a small hill overlooking the Tawi River and provided excellent scenic views. It was built in red sandstone with red bricks and looked very beautiful and majestic. The roofs were sloping and had turrets and tall towers. It was the tallest building in Jammu when it was built. There were long passages on three sides of the building and the first floor had French windows.
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I saw that only four rooms were opened for displaying various antique items and
paintings. One room had a collection of beautiful mythological paintings. The Dashavatara Gallery had oil paintings depicting the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Works of some of the most
popular artists in India like M. F. Hussain, G. R. Satosh, J Swaminathan, Bikas BhattacharjeeLaxman Pai and and Ram Kumar were also seen.
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One of the main attractions here was the Golden Throne of the Dogra rulers, which was
kept in a strong room overlooking the river. It was made of pure gold and weighed 120 kg, with golden lions at the four corners. It was kept in a hexagonal room and we could see it only through
glass windows. A library with a collection of 2500 rare antique books, portraits of the royal family and the chamber of the Rajmata Tara Devi were other attractions here. It took us about 2 to 3
hours to visit the museum and view all the items.