Immediately south of the Pink City, the wide road leading out from New Gate is flanked by the surprisingly lush Ram Niwas Gardens, named after their creator, Maharaja Ram Singh (1835–80). Standing sentinel in amongst these gardens is the city’s florid Albert Hall, a prominent city landmark. Built in1867, it exhibits a whimsical mix of Venetian and Mughal styles (Italian below, Indian on top) and today houses the city’s Central Museum. The bulk of the collection focuses on regional and Indian themes, including fine displays of Jaipur pottery, Hindu statuary and Mughal and Rajasthani miniature paintings, supported by an eclectic array of artefacts from around the globe – everything from Egyptian antiquities to decorative tiles from Stoke-on-Trent, with forays into Japan, Myanmar and Persia.

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