Salar Jung Museum – An Incredible Collection
After relaxing ourselves in the lavish hotel room and having a wonderful lunch at the hotel restaurant, we hired a cab from the hotel, and headed towards our first destination of the Hyderabad city-Salar jung museum
The Salar Jung Museum is situated on the south bank of the Musi River. It is touted as the largest one-man collection of antiques in the entire world. The museum is very popular in India for holding an enormous collection of antiques from a range of civilizations, some of which are belonged to as old as the first century. As per the records, the museum holds around 43,000 art objects, 47,000 printed books, and 9,000 manuscripts. With such an immense collection, the museum is an absolute paradise to the scholars and artifact specialists.
We reached the museum to come across a large number of people, who also, like us, came to witness the huge collection. We were amused to know that the magnificent compilation of the Salar Jung Museum had covered the art heritage of a number of places all through the world. That included regions of India, Middle east, Europe, Persian carpets, Chinese porcelain, exhibiting the diversity of the collection.
We also came across the region where India’s heritage was beholding the central stage, having exhibits of Aurangzeb’s sword, Jehangir and Shah Jahan’s daggers, turbans of the great Maratha Tipu Sultan, all raised our head in pride. Children were also able to recognize with these artillery, and this raised their curiosity and excitement.
There was a clock room in which was displayed a perplexing array of clock collections. It was quite noticeable to trace the development of watch from the ages old sundials to the modern 21st century watches. One other interesting collection included the Jade gallery, where items espousing the classiness of jade were located.
There was a gallery that was entirely devoted to the family of the Salar Jungs. The museum is an authentication to the devotion and efforts of one man in pursuing cultural splendor and elegance. We explored the museum until it was the closing time i.e. 5 pm.