Amar Mahal, located in Jammu, is a palace depicting grandeur of an erstwhile era. It was constructed by a French architect for Raja Amar Singh, belonging to the Dogra dynasty. The architecture of this marvelous palace resembles the grand Chateaus of France. The beautiful palace of Amar Mahal is made of red sand stone which is a real visual treat. The scenic background of the place enhances the beauty of this palace manifolds. The stunning sight of River Tawi flowing below and the Shivaliks in the north will surely make your heart skip a beat or two. Dr. Karan Singh donated this palace to the charitable trust of Hari-Tara. At present, this trust is responsible for the maintenance of this palace. In fact, Amar Mahal Palace at present has been transformed into a museum. It also plays host to a well stocked library.
To reach Amar Mahal Palace, you can take auto rickshaws from anywhere in Jammu. These auto rickshaws will bring you to this place at a nominal cost. Minibuses also ply on this route. However, as they can not enter the palace premises, you will need to walk up to the palace.
Amar Mahalâ€™s Art Galleries play patron to Indian art and artists. Showcasing an ethnic environment along with a gentle touch of modern art setting, the galleries display a wide range of paintings created in different styles. On one hand, the Indian miniature paintings of Kangra style will fascinate you. On the other, the current art-collection including works of celebrated artists like M.F. Hussain, G. R. Santosh, J. Swaminathan, Bikash Battacharjee, Laxman Pai and Ram Kumar will also give you a glimpse of the contemporary culture of India. The exhibits also consist of family sketches of the monarchs of Jammu and Kashmir in addition to some gorgeous Pahari paintings.
The books in the Library of Amar Mahal cover a wide range. You will find books on philosophy, religion and political science apart from fiction and other works of some of the bestselling international authors. Covering the first and second floors, the library of Amar Mahal has an envious collection of over 20,000 books. This includes some rare titles from Raja Amar Singhâ€™s Library. Another big attraction of this palace is the suite of Maharani Tara Devi. It has been preserved painstakingly to give a glimpse of the royal life. You will be speechless to witness the sheer opulence of antique furnitures, period photographs, the silver bedspread, Maharaniâ€™s personal clothing and the exclusive Victorian bathroom. Even the decoration Crown of India is also on display which she obtained in 1945.