Darbar Hall Museum

Darbar Hall Museum is considered to be one of the well known places of tourist attractions in Gujarat. It is situated in Junagadh city of Gujarat and was previously used as a durbar or court of the Junagadh rulers until the independence of India. The museum houses varied range of stuffs and memorabilia for providing an insight into the Nawabi era from middle of the nineteenth century till the independence of the nation. Here visitors shall have the scope of seeing different instruments, weapons and other belongings of the Junagad Nawabs.
This museum is adorned with items like howdahs, palanquins, small and big canvases, paintings, jewelry, silver and gold items, war items and weapons. It is divided into sections like arms and textile gallery, palanquin and picture gallery which contain various artifacts and remains of the Nawabi period of Junagadh. The Hall is the main piece of attraction of this museum to recreate the period of the public audience by the erstwhile rulers of Junagadh. It has been in original condition for giving people an idea of royal assembly or gatherings in the court room before the independence.

The Darbar Hall along with its different sections attracts millions of tourists from every corner of the world. By availing of Royal Heritage Gujarat Tour Package you will feel royal. It is a must visit place in India to get an idea of royal heritage of the country during the time of colonial rule.

History

The museum was basically the court house of Junagadh nawabs and had been used for addressing the grievances and concerns of the ordinary people of Junagadh region. It was the place where the Junagadh Nawabs held public audience to deliver verdicts on various cases or matters after hearing them with proper consideration. When the last ruler Mahabatkhan fled the region of Junagad it was soon acquired by Rajkot Regional Commissioner on behalf of the independent government of India in the year of 1947. With the fall of Junagadh, this Durbar along with other royal buildings became the property of the Government of India. Subsequently the Darbar was opened for public exhibition when the state of Junagadh merged with the Saurashtra Union in the year of 1949. This durbar was handed over to the Director of Museums for renovation and remodeling for transforming it into a full-fledged museum. Sections like arms gallery, costume gallery, palanquin room and picture gallery were included for public exhibition in the year of 1977 in the month of June 26th.

Where is it located?

The Museum is located in the heart of Junagadh city and it will roughly take 321 km from Sardar Patel international Airport to reach the spot through NH 8A. From Ahmedabad Junction it will usually take around 315 km through NH 8A. The museum is opened everyday and is closed on Wednesday as well as on second and fourth Saturday including public holidays.

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