The Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal in Bhuj
The Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal are major landmarks in the city of Bhuj in Kutch district, State of Gujarat, India.
The Prag Mahal was commissioned by King Pragmalji in 1860. Designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian-Gothic style, the palace is situated in the heart of Bhuj. The palace made of Italian marble and sandstone from Rajasthan is embellished with carved stonework.
The Aina Mahal or Hall of Mirrors was built in 1761 by Rao Lakhpatji of Gujarat. Designed by Ram Singh Malam, the palace is a blend of Indo-European style. The palace was damaged in the 2001 earthquake; but the government restored the remaining portions of the Aina Mahal.
Visiting hours at Prag Mahal: 0900-1200 hrs & 1500 - 1800 hrs (closed on Saturdays)
Visiting hours at Aina Mahal: 0900 – 1145 hrs & 1500 – 1745 hrs
Entry fee for both palaces: Rs10/-
How to reach:
Nearest railway station: Bhuj Railway Station, via railway station Ring Rd, about 3 km
Nearest airport: Bhuj Airport, via GJ State Highway 45, about 5 km