Jaipur: Transports have enabled Rajput rulers to visit allies, hunt, undertake pilgrimage, wage wars and assert their rule with ceremonial parades through their domain. A one-of-its-kind Transport Gallery – ‘Rath Khana’ - has opened at the City Palace. The gallery showcases themes of power, pilgrimage and perception through these transports.
The transports on display include the 19th century Jal Jhulni Boat on which the idol of Krishna would take a ride on Talkatora lake on Jal Jhulni Ekadashi; the late 18th or early 19th century Takht-e-raawan, which is a portable throne that was used to carry the ruler on special occasions; the 18th century hand-drawn Silver Cart which is the epitome of luxury; Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II’s buggy dating back to the 20th century and an early 20th century Suit of Elephant Armour, among others.
It is to be noted that 'Rath Khana' - the transport gallery is located near Gate No.2 at the Palace and is available for visitors to view as part of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum tour.