Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum

Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum information

Kolhapur , India
Indian/foreigner ₹20/75 incl coffee
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‘Bizarre’ takes on a whole new meaning at this ‘new’ palace, an Indo-Saracenic behemoth designed by British architect ‘Mad’ Charles Mant for the Kolhapur kings in 1884. The madcap museum features countless trophies from the kings’ trigger-happy jungle safaris, including walking sticks made from leopard vertebrae and ashtrays fashioned out of tiger skulls and rhino feet. The armoury houses enough weapons to stage a mini-coup. The horror-house effect is brought full circle by the taxidermy section.

Don’t miss the highly ornate Durbar Hall, where the rulers held court sessions, and dotted around the palace you’ll find dozens of portraits of the portly maharajas to admire. Photography is prohibited inside. There’s a little cafe by the entrance for snacks (and where foreigners may claim their complimentary coffee).

A rickshaw from the train station will cost ₹35.