Amar Mahal

The Amar Mahal Palace is a palace in Jammu, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which has now been converted into a Museum.

It was built in the nineteenth century for Raja Amar Singh, a Dogra king by a French architect on the lines of a French Chateau.

The palace was donated to the Hari-Tara charitable trust by Dr. Karan Singh for use as a museum.

It has many exhibits including a golden throne weighing 120 kg, Pahari miniature and Kangra miniature paintings, a library of 25,000 antique books and many rare art collections.

The palace was the last official residence of the Dogra Rajas, Suryavanshi Rajputs, and a large collection of portraits of the royal family are also on display in the Museum.

It is situated on the right bank of the Tawi River, on a bend of the river, in Jammu. Jammu, once a princely city, is also famous for forts, palaces and temples.

The Amar Mahal Palace was planned by a French architect, in 1862. However, it was not built until the 1890s.

The palace built in red sandstone with red bricks is in a picturesque environment on a hillock overlooking the Tawi river valley.

HOW TO REACH THERE

Road: Auto Rickshaws from anywhere in the Jammu city can take one to this place on payment of nominal charges. Minibuses do also ply but are not allowed to enter the Palace composite so one has to walk up to the palace..