Pragmahal PalaceNext door to the Aina Mahal, in the same walled compound, is the giant Prag Mahal, which may at first seem slightly out of place at the far western edge of India, looking more appropriate in France. But then again, globalization is not a new phenomenon. This is a palace commissioned by King Pragmalji in the 1860s, designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian Gothic style and built in the middle of Bhuj next to the Aina Mahal. While little about it may seem Indian, there are elements; see if you can find them. In the courtyard behind the palace, there is a small Hindu temple with very nicely carved stonework; the caretaker is sometimes available for more information. Inside the palace, you can visit the main palace halls as well as climb stairs of the 45m bell tower for an exhilarating view of the city. After coming down (not before, for your own peace of mind!), check out the cracks between the stones in the wall, visible from the courtyard, caused by various earthquakes over the years. Then stop for a glass of fresh sugarcane juice on your way out of the compound.
AddressOld Dhatia Falia, Bhuj, Gujarat 370001 (India).
TimingsTiming: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm / 3 pm to 6 pm;
in winter : 09:30 am to 12:30 pm / 02:30 pm to 05:30 pm
Closed on: Public Holidays
Entree FeesMon – Sat. Rs. 20/-
Sunday: Rs. 25/-
Photography: Indian Rs. 30/-, Foreigner : Rs. 100/-
Video Shooting : Indian Rs.100/-, Foreigner : Rs. 200/-