I had learned there is a lot to look for in this historic city. No wonder, the Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad stood next in my itinerary and I came to know that the museum was open on all days, except Friday and the timings were from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. I reached the museum by 11:00 AM in the pool car provided by the hotel. It is an art museum situated besides the River Musi in Hyderabad and established in the year 1951. The museum is aptly named as most of the collection was acquired by Salar Jung III.
The collection inside the museum was wonderful and it is said to have the largest collections of antique from different civilizations in the world by a single person. Some of the artifacts dates
to even first century and there are more than 43000 art objects, 9,000 manuscripts and 47,000 printed books inside the museum. The museum seems to be a heaven on earth for the connoisseurs and
scholars and is a testament to the cultural elegance.
The marvelous collection touches the heritage of many countries of the world like India, Europe, Asia and Middle East. Some of the most important collections are carpets from Persia, lacquerware
from Japan, porcelain from China, sword of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, daggers of Shahjahan and Jehangir and Tipu Sultan’s turban. There is also a clock room where a collection of clocks greets
the visitors and one can easily trace its history of how the clocks developed starting from the ancient sundials to the modern clocks.
There is also located a Jade gallery where the elegance, designs and handiworks of jade is displayed. A gallery depicting the ancient manuscripts which are very rare and are from the Arabic and
Persian Origins is also situated. Works by Raja Ravi Verma are also displayed here depicting the scenes of Sanskrit epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Besides the painting collection the Indian
art collection consists of bronze images, arms and armor, metal ware, wood carvings, painted textiles and stone sculptures.
The Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad
proved to be a learning experience. The educational information I received was mind-boggling. The photographs which I took will always remind me of this wonderful visit. I retired for the day and
kept Nehru Zoological Park to be the first on the to-visit list next day.