Prince of Wales Museum
Prince of Wales Museum realizes the memories of British rule in
India. The dome of the museum gives reflection of the combination
Indian and English style. The dome has been modelled after the
dome of the Gol Gumbaz in Bizapur.
Prince of Wales museum was designed by George Witter. The
foundation was laid in 1905 by the visiting Prince of Wales. The
building was completed in 1914 and during World War Ist It was
converted into a Military Hospital
Designed in Indo-Saracenic style, the facing is done in Yellow and
blue stones. It has also drawn inspiration from many other Indian
styles - small bulbous cupolas on towers, Saracenic arches with
Muslim jalis as fillers, semi-open verandahs and Rajput jharokhas.
There is a lot to see in the museum. The plan of the museum is
simple, there is a big hall in the centre and after going upstairs
there is a natural history section on the right hand side and on
the left is the gallery of Tibetan and Nepali art. On the second
floor is the Indian miniature painting gallery- the pride of the
museum, and next to it is the gallery of decorative art.
The gallery on the second floor is attractive for who love
glasswork. Most of the art pieces of the glass art are donated by
Sir Ratan Tata and Dorab Tata. The collection also includes
artwork from other countries like Japan, China etc. It also
contains two galleries of European paintings. It also houses many
artefacts of Nepalese and Tibetan art, including a beautiful 12th
century Maitreya with his head surrounded by a halo, slightly
National Gallery of Modern Art
The national gallery of Modern art in Mumbai exhibits lots of
modern Indian art which are of a very high quality. The showcase
includes a collection of some very interesting pieces of art.
National Gallery is the revamped version of Sir Cowasji Jehangir
Public hall. Near the National Gallery is the Jehangir art gallery
which is the venue for exhibitions to many artists and on various
occasions. The place also organises exhibitions for touring
Mani Bhawan Mahatama Gandhi Museum
A memorial to Mahatama Gandhi, who stayed at these premises a
number of times between 1917 and 1934. It contains a collection of
books on and by the Mahatama. A pictorial gallery captures the
moments and events of his life. Timings: 9.30 a.m. 6 p.m.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Adjoining the Victoria Gardens, this museum built in the
Greco-Roman style houses archaeological finds, maps and
photographs depicting the history of Mumbai; Timings: 10.00 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
Attractions of Maharashtra
Mumbai, India's economic powerhouse, pulses with power
and energy. This great city of more than ten million
people is the capital of the state of of Maharashtra and
also the commercial capital of the whole country. Center
of industry, transportation, and communication, its fine
harbor on the Arabian Sea makes its one of the world's
busiest ports. Main places to visit are :-
Gateway of India, Marine Drive ,
The city of Aurangabad is known for its medieval
monuments and cultural heritage. It was the seat of the
Mughal Empire for a short period. The city boasts of
tomb that has some resemblance to the Taj Mahal. The
importance of Aurangabad is great, owing to its
proximity with world heritage sites of
Ajanta and Ellora. These sites have Buddhist,
Jain and Hindu temples. Aurangabad is also famous for
its silk and cotton textiles.
Khandala is one of the important hill stations in the
state of Maharashtra and is the pride of the Sahyadri
Mountains. Khandala is endowed with abundant natural
beauty and like Lonavala, it is also provides a popular
gateway from the hustle and bustle of cities of Mumbai
and Pune. The picturesque green surroundings of this
pretty hill station attract the travelers towards it
Other Tourist Destination in Maharashtra
Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Amravati,Nagpur, Nasik,
Pune , Kolhapur, Jalogaon, Raigad .