Aaina Mahal

CategoryHeritage

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi

AddressAaina Mahal, Darbar Gate Rd, Old Dhatia Falia, Bhuj, Gujarat 370001,

pincode370001

DistrictKutchh

About Aaina Mahal

Transportation

By road : Once in Bhuj, ST buses go to larger destinations around the district, private jeeps can also be rented (a good option for larger parties), and some smaller places can only be reached by chhakdas.

By rail :Two daily express trains, the Bhuj Express and the Kutch Express, go from Bhuj to Ahmedabad (8hrs) and on to Mumbai (16hrs.).

By air :One or more flights daily connect Bhuj to Mumbai.

History

AinaMahal is an 18th century palace that was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji who had a passion for music, art, architecture, and literature. The layout, design and decorations of AinaMahal were highly influenced by a royal dream that had eventually been converted into reality by an extremely deft craftsman RamsinhMalam who designed it in a mixed Indo-European style and set about creating the materials for the palace locally.

The erstwhile palace which belonged to MaharaoLakhpatji has now been converted into a Museum. It is a piece of art in itself and houses several rare paintings and collectibles from around the world.

The AinaMahal is at the northeast corner of Hamirsarlake, easily walkable from most of Bhuj. Anyone along the way will give you directions. Be sure to explore the rest of the compound outside the palace, with its beautiful carved doorways, elaborate window boxes and balconies. Most of the compound is in ruins, some brought down as recently as the 2001 earthquake. Poke around and explore unexpected places; don’t settle for just walking into the palace museum with a ready-made experience.

Famous for

Close by was Aina Mahal, the more famous attraction of Bhuj. In its heyday it sure must’ve been a sight to behold. The small two storey building is almost entirely if not all, embellished with mirrors and glasses of all kinds which not only serve the purpose of decoration but also solved the problem of light. The king’s bedroom was full of mirrors on all the walls and ceilings and one candle would light up the entire room when required. This room has been preserved well. There were intricately carved doors made out of elephant tusks. But most of the rest had fallen apart in the quake.

Aina Mahal, the sun was setting. That didn’t mark the end of the day though. Wandered to a local craft market from here and made a purchase of the famous Kutch Mirror work.

Best time for visit

Aaina Mahal is opening in all days of week but the timeming is remember for the visit.

Best time to Go

Morning time is good to visit of Aaina Mahal, because that time is sun rays is lighting the Mahal.

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