Located on a hill on the west of Chetak Samadhi between Khamnore and Balicha village on the border of Udaipur and Rajsamand district is the splendid Maharana Pratap Museum. It covers an area of about 15000 sq meters and is about 40 km from Udaipur. Situated near Chetak Smarak built in the memory of Pratap’s faithful steed Chetak , the area used to be deserted. Impelled by a stray remark that this place near Haldighati where the famous battle between Maharana Pratap and Raja Man Singh was fought deserved a museum. Mohan Shrimali who belongs to Balicha village took up the stupendous task of building a museum to showcase the life and achievement of legendary Maharana Pratap. In this project, Shrimali got the support and guidance of the great freedom fighter and member of the Constituent Assembly, Balwant Singh Mehta. He resigned from his well paid government job, sold his parental farmland and pucca house and took a loan to complete his dream two crore project in 12 years. The museum was inaugurated by the erstwhile Governor of Rajasthan, Anshuman Singh in 2003 in the presence of other dignitaries.
The museum highlights those persons who were associated with the battle of Haldighati – Man Singh Jhala , Hakim Khan Suri , Veer Bhil Sardar Rana Punja , Veer Pradhan Ramshah Tanwar , Shaliwahan Tanwar , Bhamashah , Veer Purohit Gopinath Jagan Nath , Rawat Krishna Das Chundawat , Bheem Singh Dodiya ,Mehta Ratandas Charan , Mehta Jaimal and Man Singh Songara of Pali . Also on display are portrait of Sant Shiromani Meera Bai , dynasty including Rana Sangha and Rana Kumbha and Rana Udai Singh.
Objects that are associated with our ancient culture such as Rahat that was used to draw water from wells, Kohlu to extract oil, Chadas , Tel ki Ghani, bullock cart etc are also there in the museum . There is also a huge library to which 6000 books have been added recently. It is a treasure house of knowledge, especially for researchers.
Films are screened in the 150 seated theatre where it is proposed to double the capacity. Light and sound show is another attraction. The museum displays pictures, and tableaus of. The sacrifice of Panna Dhai , Maharana Pratap with his ministers and chiefs , Pratap with his horse Chetak , scenes of Pratap’s life in the jungle , the vow taken by Gadiya Lohars not to live in houses , scenes of Chittorgarh and other events related to Pratap’s life . Also showcased are rural industries and handicraft products such as the attractive Molela terracotta items. A small artificial lake also attracts the visitors.
The museum has not only been visited by dignitaries such as the then Governor and former President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , Home Minister Rajnath Singh , Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje , Central Ministers Dr C P Joshi , Jaipal Reddy , Lalu Prasad , Hans Raj Bhardwaj , and several Governors and Chief Justice of India but also highly praised by them .
The attractive museum that showcases the chivalry of Mewar and its culture is worth a visit.