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“Works Of Nicholas Roerich” Puneet_Mahajan, India, 06.2016
“Where there is Peace, there is Culture & where there is Culture, there is peace”
One kilometer up the Naggar Castle road, the Roerich art gallery and museum is the residence of Nicholas Roerich a Russian Artist, Theologist, Archaeologist & Reformer, who came to India and settled in Naggar during World war 2 and passed away in Naggar in 1947.
Activist for the cause of preserving art and architecture during times of war. He earned several nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. The so-called Roerich Pact was signed into law by the United States and most nations of the Pan-American Union during April 1935.
One of his sons Svetoslav was married to the popular film artiste Devika Rani.
The family had given the property to the Indian gov-t, which is in charge of the Roerich Museum and art gallery.
On the first floor, there is an Art Gallery with rare collections of pieces of art. There is also an information center nearby. A must-visit place for art lovers.
“Beautiful house with amazing view” Sayan M. 05.2016
The place is very beautiful. Has a very beautiful garden and amazing view of the Alpine range. The house has ancient architecture. The rooms of the house are locked but one can see through the windows. The entry fee in the property is Rs 50/- per head which I felt could be a bit less. Visit if you have time.
“Calm and insightful” Greenfidelity, Russia. 03.2016
Roerich is one of my favorite artists. I came to Naggar specially to see the place where he lived - and finished staying myself in Naggar for more than a month. Magic place with many Russian connections, surrounded by nature. I still remember the holidays of the 1st and 9th of May in this museum, and they were splendid.
“Beautiful location, great artwork” Alisha K, Canada. 02.2016
If you love the mountains and art, thus place is a must see! Roerich was an inspirational artist and I am glad that his work is so proudly displayed in this beautiful museum.
“Peaceful” JeenalChh, India. 01.2016
This place showcases history of Nicholas Roerich and his work. You will see lot of foreigners here. The whole place is amazing. Nice garden constructed. A memorial of Nicholas Roerich is built and one can be as long as one wants. Enjoy the beauty of this place!
“Beautiful place” Anandinni, India. 12.2015
Its worth of visiting. The paintings are amazing and you can see then very different. History of the Roerich family is also very interesting. You can spend half day in that pleasant and peaceful atmosphere.
“Must Visit Place” Manish B, India. 12.2015
No one will ever miss this place as it’s got excellent painting of Russian artist Roerich. Not far from Manali, it’s highly recommended place to visit.
“History and Romance” asinine2u, India. 12.2015
I was blown away by the tribal art museum. This is a must visit and I can easily spend half a day there and still not do it justice.
“Worth a dekko” prpa, India. 12.2015
The paintings are worth seeing. Most of them are landscapes of the Himalayas but a few portraits exist as well. The gallery also has Roerich's house upstairs which gives a peek into those times. The gallery, house & the precincts are well-maintained.
A caretaker sits in the gallery throughout to keep an eye on visitors who might want to touch the paintings. The gardens are laden with flowers & are a pretty sight to behold. The only grudge - the place closes at lunch time for an hour; so you have to plan your visit accordingly.
“Must Visit” khushboo21, India. 12.2015
A must visit place for its beautiful paintings and serene environment.
Points to see-The Roerich house which can be viewed only from outside but has some beautiful paintings and many things preserved that were part of their daily life. You need to stand quite near to the glass windows to have a good view of the house.
Also after a 10-15 min short trek you can visit the Urusvati institute which has many brilliant and beautiful paintings especially of the Himalayan areas which are just not be missed.
“Unmissable!” SamSid2014, India. 11.2015
The Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery is one place you just have to visit, when at Manali. It will give you a peek into the style and mind of an artist who had lived in the times that weren't about easy fame and shortcuts to success. His work is a reflection of the importance of the self, than the need for appreciation from a society.
The place will fill Indian hearts with pride - a country that has reveled in its diversity, has also been a home for artists who hail from beyond its geographical boundaries. Roerich made Manali his home to create these exquisite pieces of art, and Manali celebrates him here - don't miss it!
“Stunning Roerich” MotiThakur, India. 11.2015
After sipping hot tea at Naggar Castle, we decided to explore the Roerich Art Gallery (again featured in many Bollywood flicks). We walked through the beautifully manicured garden and then admired the old war house ‘Dodge’ - I believe the 1940 edition and was glad to see that this was still kept in pristine condition.
However, it was the interiors that took our breath away. Imagine a wooden built in the early 1900’s was in such perfect condition - nothing falling apart, no mildew smell, every nook & corner spotlessly clean. And most importantly the paintings - they have been preserved for years and years together - what a remarkable job by the curators. Each frame in intact, each stroke un-blemished and each picture still as fresh , as if it was finished by the master only yesterday.
I specially admired the colors on piece that depicted Devika Rani (who was his wife and he was Russian by origin - he fell for her beauty and charm and married her and the two settled in this loving abode of theirs). The picture clearly depicted the sheer mesmerizing beauty of Devika Rani, who was a top notch film star of her time - she symbolized timeless beauty and that’s exactly what you will get to see these paintings. I also liked the frames on Indira and Jawahar Lal Nehru - stunning combination of water colors, imagination and mastery of strokes, all freckles, expression so neatly captured. Truly work of a ‘Genius’.
Additionally, the frame that captured Manali and its natural beauty in different seasons deserves a special mention. The master reveled in capturing the different hues and shades that nature had to offer on the virgin/ un-spoilt natural vistas of Manali at different hours of the day/ night. Once again I will emphasize that only a ‘Genius’ could; have done that and am so glad the curators have been extremely dedicated to this cause of preserving these age-old memoirs. Thank You!
It was now about 9.35AM and we decided to hit the track again, as we still had a long day before reaching ‘The Himalayan Village’ in Kasol l and then driving further onto the Malana. Since all the Volvo’s had crossed by and the road were almost barren, we sped up to cross the Kullu barrier and then at confluence of Beas and Parvati rivers, we crossed the bridge and started our climb in the Parvati valley. We crossed Bijli Mahadev (legend has it that the deity is struck by lightning and its various pieces are strewn over the Kullu valley and the priest get to dream about the locations of these and he assembles them in butter and places them back on this mountain top and no nonce can make out the assembled deity) and then the small town of Jari (en-route to Kasol) that was perched under shadow of one of the massifs bordering the Chandrakani pass. At about 11.20AM we reached ‘The Himalayan Village’, Kasol - will talk about this later in my review titled ‘The Himalayan Village, Kasol - Labor of Imagination, Perseverance and Love’ and post a quick check-in dashed out to ‘Mysterious, Notorious and Magical Malana’, - which is the title of my review for this place (posted on Trip Advisor portal - use the search string Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India, and then Chandrakhani Pass).
“Nice place!” Engtech10, England. 10.2015
Well worth a visit, there is a nice gallery and some small but attractive descending gardens. There are good views, and it's very quiet there.
“Experience the art and nature at one place” Saurabhshankhyan, India. 10.2015
Well maintained... great work ... because of location one can experience the art and nature closely at one place.
“Worth a visit!” AjitJoseph, India. 10.2015
This art gallery and museum is well maintained and can be visited if you are interested in history or art It has to be accessed on foot and since the oxygen content is lesser there, be prepared to visit it if you have to spare from your itinerary.
“Beautiful art gallery - a must visit” Priya_Manore, India. 10.2015
Beautiful art gallery in the house of renowned Russian painter Nicholas Roerich displaying paintings made by him and his 2sons.
“Traveller” bobbysingh777, India. 10.2015
Nice place to visit, If you are art lover must visit this place, It was a home of Russian artist Nicholas Roerich now converted to a museum and art gallery.
“Best cultural and historical place in Kullu Valley” LostInTundra, Russia. 08.2015
You should definitely visit this place if you are interested in ancient culture, archeology, literature, history and art! It is situated in picturesque area on the top of Naggar village which is itself very interesting. Nicolas Roerich was indeed a citizen of the world and big friend of India. This was the place where he lived and created his art. This place inspired him and I could definitely feel positive energy which was spread around…
“Informative. Eye opener” inderpsingh, India. 08.2015
One of a Kind place to learn about trinity pact of conservation of cultural with science and art. Should be promoted a lot.
“A beautiful Art Gallery” anjanghosh, India. 07.2015
Nicholas Roerich was a Russian artist with excellence in various fields. He was not only a great painter, he had versatile genius in many areas. He was an archaeologist, designer, peace-lover, adventurer, explorer, etc. His paintings are showcased in many well-known museums.
He spent a good portion of his later life in India. He spent his last days in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh.
This art gallery has been built in his last residence. In this gallery, one will find exhibitions of many old valuable photographs, the artist's belongings besides his paintings.
“Beautiful” Dmitrii К, Russia. 07.2015
The gallery is located in the upper part of the Naggar. Beautiful paintings of local landscapes. A lot of visitors from both India and from other countries.
“Immortal art” jojo5222, India. 05.2015
Manali Naggar was the capital of Kullu Rajas, for about 1400 years of much historical importance. The gallery housing the paintings of that Russian saints cum philosopher cum artist Nicholas Roerich enriched with immortal arts.
“Beautiful paintings and house” tanuka_dutta, India. 05. 2015
The house in which Roerich lived is preserved as a memorial and museum. It stands in an idyllic garden, with beautiful views of snow-capped peaks around, and the town of Naggar below it. His family's works are on display here.
“Nicholas Roerich & Naggar” Anita_Ar-tur, Latvia. 05.2015
It does not matter if you know who is N.Roerich, I advise to visit.
Nicholas Roerich was a Russian who settled down in the beautiful hills of the Himalayas after the revolution of 1917. He was a gifted painter, who dreamt of unifying the world through art. Roerich Art Gallery is set amidst well-tended gardens and has the perfect setting for the display of art. The whole ambience beautifully captures the essence and beauty of Himalayas, just like the subtle strokes of the brush by an expert.
The building that now houses the gallery once served as the residence of N. K. Roerich and was turned into the Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery by his son Svyetoslav Roerich. Himachal Pradesh Government and Russian Government have formed a trust, headed by the Prime Minister of India, to run this art gallery as the Roerich Heritage Museum. The small room on the ground floor of the museum displays paintings by the artist.
They highlight the mythological fiber of Himalayas from the eyes of a Russian, its deep and bright colors being characteristic of his origin country. There are also a few photos of Nicholas on display here, such as the one in which he is posing in his front Lawn with Jawahar Lal Nehru - in Chinese silk robes, Cossack boots and burly beard. The original work of Roerich on the Himalayas, along with his quotations and words of wisdom as well as those of the visitors and admirers of the gallery, have also been put on display her.
“Marvellous” Suhag M, India. 04.2015
What to start with!!!!! Its mind blowing...u reach there and just u can feel the positive vibe around you.. And what a keeping by staff....it’s outstanding... I will never forget this art gallery ....the painting are too good. And the room where Roerich lived is so beautifully kept that u can actually feel live Roerich when u see it... Must visit …
“A place with many facets” Pathik_2404. 03.2015
Just like Roerich- painter, explorer, researcher, pioneer- this place offers many attractions rolled into one. The beautiful paintings entice the art lovers while the glimpses of tribal life and culture in Kullu through the ages excites lovers of history. The breathtaking views of the Kullu valley makes everyone yearn for a small piece of the place. It is easy to see why Roerich chose this as a location for his estate.
The quaint house in the midst of the garden documents the stories of ages and generations of Roerichs in the midst of an unending tranquility.
This place is more for the traveler looking to indulge himself in peace, serenity and without a fixed destination rather than a tourist with a long checklist to complete.
“Strictly for the art lovers, but excellent views” neeleshkulkarni, India. 03.2015
Not to be avoided just because the reviews say it is only for art lovers. The estate has a magnificence of its own. Just sitting on the bench outside and looking at the snow clad peaks and trying to imagine the days of yore when Devika Rani roamed the precincts is worth the time spent getting there.
The portrait of Devika Rani (the silent film era film star Roerich junior married) in the studio of Svetoslav Roerich is ethereal.
There is a fast food joint attached to the place and it also offers ample photo opportunity.
Spend an hour at the place and come back satiated visually, both due to the views and the paintings of the hills (in which Nicholai Roerich specialized).
“Just superb!” Indrajit S. 02.2015
What a place! Amazing. Difficult to decide if the environment is better or Roerich's art is better! This is not a place to be done hurriedly. The number of paintings is limited. But the paintings are 'wow'! The paintings may not appeal to you at first glance, though. Look at the paintings from a distance, to appreciate their beauty. The gallery was his residence. The ground floor is now the gallery & his first floor residence has been preserved very well. You can see it only through glass windows. Very pleasing nonetheless. You must walk down to the place where Roerich was cremated - a quiet & serene place.
Art & nature lovers must not miss Roerich Art Gallery.
“Artscape...quaint and really sweet” tin14. 06.2014
This is a must for everyone.. especially if you have kids!!! I know sounds impractical...but it worked so well for us. We had intended to visit the Naggar Castle, but were thoroughly disappointed. And almost cancelled the Roerich visit too...thankgod we went ahead and saw the little cute beauty. Nicholas was a Russian painter, who spent a considerable time in this little hamlet and painted the Himalayas in all its glory! The gallery is set in the ground floor of his original villa...very few of his works are displayed, but they were really beautiful...my kids loved the collection. After that we took a flight of stairs, to take a peek inside his home...the glass to see through was cloudy and dirty, this could have been done better. But it was still fun to watch the interiors still retained in their original state, his wife's paintings , his study and bedroom etc. One can do it actually in 30-40 minutes completely. We then went to their nondescript museum shop, not in the complex but i think 2-3 houses before. We all selected our favourites- the prints of the actual paintings we had seen and liked to paint at home later, which we did!!. It was fantastic to see puzzles made for children with his paintings...we bought one for my 5 year old...Overall a lovely time! U can combine it with a lunch at Fat Plate in Shuru Village...from there it’s almost a 25 km drive. This place closes for an hour during lunch, so do it before or after!
“Joy for art lovers” Joy_Ghosh_2000, India. 08.2013
The Roerich House perched on top of the mountain offers a grand view from its upper floor which will please all nature lovers. However the main attraction are the fabulous painting collection on display. If you like paintings you cannot miss this place. The Roerich Flag flying proudly and it's symbolism (the three dots stand for art, science and philosophy (including religion), encircled and bounded together to form culture) is another highlight of this place.
“Russian painter Roerich's several amazing art work” pinaki b, India. 06. 2013
This gallery must see for art lovers. N. Roerich nominated several times for Nobel peace work. Roerich, influenced by Vedanta, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and by Rabindranath Tagore; developed interest in eastern religion. This thought can be seen in his paintings and various art works preserved in the art gallery. He and his family loved the nature of the surroundings and settled at Naggar village. N. Roerich's younger son S. Roerich married grand niece of Tagore, Devika Rani.
The building of the gallery is very old. There was a vintage car kept one side of the building. The surroundings from the art gallery is beautiful.
Photography prohibited inside gallery.
“A Russian national in deep love with Indian Himalayas” HemMumbai, India. 02.2012
Nicholas Roerich, the Great Painter, philosopher, archaeologist and a writer, was so fascinated by the Himalayas in India, that he decided to settle down at a place called Naggar, Himachal Pradesh, with his family. He dedicated the later part of his life in the studies of Himalaya. He established the famous Art Gallery at Naggar, which became a wonderful museum of his paintings and artworks on Himalays.
Nicholas Roerich founded "The Institute of Himalayan Studies" at Naggar in the year 1928. It was named "Urusvati " [in Sanskrit, it signifies 'Light of morning Star']. After this, till his death in 1947, he remained in India with his family [spouse and 2 sons].
Though he spent later part of his life in India, he was a great patriot of Russia, never changed his citizenship and nationality as Russian. He wanted to return to Russia at the age of 73, but died in India on 13.12.1947, not knowing that his visa-request for return to Russia was turned down.
The exhibition of his great works are the testimony of his true love for Himalayas and people of Himachal Pradesh. These are available as exhibits in his Art Gallery.
Elena Ivanko, India, 09.2017
Encouraged by visiting your place I just wanted to send a short note with a big gratitude to the team who maintains this beautiful estate preserving the unique atmosphere of light, wisdom and tranquility. Even after so many years one still can feel the presence of the Roerich family and get inspired by their mission and their message to the humanity. Whenever I have a chance, I am always happy to visit and enjoy this atmosphere. With gratitude and best wishes, Elena. Vrindavan, UP.