The Surabhi Restaurant and Turban Museum is conveniently located at a quaint spot near Subhash Chowk. The haveli in which the museum has been established, dates back to 1727 A.D. It was the palace of the prime minister of Sawai Jai Singh, and is dedicated to Late Brig. K. Chand Singh of Bhagwanpura (Nagaur).
The museum has one large hall displaying collection of turbans across three states of India, namely, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Classification of turbans rely on seasons, community festivals, and family circumstances such as marriages, birth, and death. A phalguniya turban, for instance, would be worn during the spring season, the dotted chunri pattern or bright colours signify a marriage or birth of a child while dark blue, maroon or khakhi signify death in the family.
There are two types of turbans that are on display:
Safa (10 meter long and 1 meter wide), a turban for daily use. Shape and color are discerning factors to determine a person’s position in society, background and what he does for a living.
Paag (22 meter long and 6 inches wide), which is tied once and worn like a cap till the material gets dirty and is then replaced with a new one.
The haveli complex houses a library with an extensive collection of books on Rajasthan/India and a museum shop. A Bhopa singer and Rajasthani folk dancers perform at the haveli during dinner. There are also turban-tying competitions and demonstrations in the premises.