Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal, Bhuj

AINA MAHAL AND PRAG MAHAL, BHUJ

The Aina Mahal Palace, or “Hall of Mirrors” was built during the rule of Rao Lakhpat in 1750 AD. It is a unique example of an Indian Palace built in the mid-eighteenth century, with an European influence. The Palace is a part of a large palace complex and is a two storeyed building with Darbar Hall, Hall of Mirrors and suites for the royal family. 

Prag Mahal is located in the same compound as Aina Mahal and was designed by famous architect Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins. Rao Pragmalji II undertook the construction of Prag Mahal. The Palace has a large Durbar Hall, wide verandas, a 45 meter high lofty bell tower, and was built using various types of stones available in the Kutch region over a period of ten years. The Palace is a fine example of Indian craftsmanship combined with European architectural design.

 

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