Roerich Gallery & Urusvati Museum
Roerich Gallery & Urusvati Museum information
Lonely Planet review
About 2km above the castle is the Roerich Gallery , the former home of eccentric Russian painter, spiritualist, Inner Asian explorer and possible spy, Nikolai Roerich, who died in Naggar in 1947. The lower floors display some of Roerich’s surreally colourful landscapes, while the upper floors preserve the artist’s private rooms. Don't miss the 1930 Dodge car hidden around the side. Roerich was the brains behind the Roerich Pact, a treaty signed by more than 60 countries guaranteeing the preservation of cultural monuments around the world.
A five-minute walk uphill from the gallery is the Urusvati Himalayan Folk & Art Museum (admission with the gallery ticket), which houses ethnological artefacts and photos from the early days of the Himalayan Research Institute.