Saturday, 23 March 2013

Aina Mahal Bhuj Gujarat

Aina Mahal is an 18th-century palace in Bhuj, Gujarat, India. It is located next to the Prag Mahal. It was built by Rao Lakhpatji in 1761. The chief architect was Ram Singh Malam.The layout, design and decorations of Aina Mahal were highly influenced by a royal dream that had eventually been converted into reality by an extremely deft craftsman Ramsinh Malam 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 Maharao Lakhpatji 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.Situated in the fort complex, Aina Mahal Palace is a two storied building with Hall of Mirrors as the main attraction along with Darbar hall and suites for the royal family. Located on the second floor of the palace the interiors of the Hall of Mirrors will leave you spell bound. White marbled walls that are covered with mirrors, which have separated with gilded ornaments. Elaborate pendant candelabra with shades of Venetian glass lights up the entire hall. 

Timing :Aina Mahal Palace is open throughout the year from 9:00 am to 11:45 am and from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm. 
Best time to visit : The month of  October to March

Entry - Rs.10/-
Charges for Photography -Rs.30/-

How to Get there

Road: For those traveling from Ahmedabad, the bus may be more convenient than the train, though slightly more expensive. Several private companies run sleeper buses (with a full horizontal bunk), leaving the city for Bhuj between 8pm and 11pm, arriving in Bhuj between 6am and 8am the next morning. These bus companies all have their offices around Paldi in Ahmedabad; Sahjanand Travels and Patel Travels are two recommended ones. There are also private sitting (non-sleeper) buses, and ST (State Transport) buses that make the trip for less money but considerably less comfortable seats.

Nearest Railway Station: Two daily express trains, the Bhuj Express and the Kutch Express, go from Bhuj to Ahmedabad (8hrs) and on to Mumbai (16hrs.) However, both trains pass through Ahmedabad in the middle of the night, as the schedules are designed to depart and arrive and reasonable hours from Bhuj and Mumbai, not Ahmedabad.

Nearest Airport : One or more flights daily connect Bhuj to Mumbai.

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