On the ground floor, there are several museums featuring weapons used by the royalty during military campaigns, old carriages and palanquins, formal costumes, embroidered shawls and silk saris, in addition to period manuscripts. To my amazement, there was also a collection of photos of the so called Photographer Prince, Maharajah Ram Singh II. These photos taken somewhere between 1857 and 1865 were well preserved and lay almost untouched, discovered only recently. Most of the shots show fakirs (penurious ascetics), soldiers, his four wives and some self portraits. He is said to have picked up photography from a British photographer, spending hours developing his photographs. It obviously was not allowed to take photos inside the museum, so I leave you with the latticed balconies, with this particular paint coat, which looked appealing to me.
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