Aina Mahal, Bhuj

The Aina Mahal Palace which is better interpreted as the “Hall of Mirrors” is an extraordinary exhibit of the 18th century architectural excellence. It is situated in the north-eastern part of Hamirsar Lake. This spectacular palace was built by the Master craftsman named Ramsinh Malam during the benevolent rule of Maharao Lakhpatji during the middle of the 18th century in Gujarat. It’s located in the district of Bhuj in Gujarat. As Lakhpatji was a patron of art, culture, literature and music, so he has a dream to build a palace that reflects the rich cultural treasures of Gujarat and radiates the romanticism of unblemished art. The responsibility was given on the shoulders of Ramsinh Malam who was an experienced artisan and had been trained for 17 years in Europe. As Ramsinh Malam did not get any recognition in Europe, so he decided to take up a job under the rule of Lakhpatji in Bhuj. This palace has been created in an Indo-European style of architecture. The most interesting fact about the Aina Mahal is that each and every material and accessory with which the palace has been created, has been produced locally by developing special production units. For instance the glass used in the palace had been produced in Bhuj after setting up a new glass factory there. The china tiles had been made by forging canons in a Bhuj based iron foundry. The design of the fountains, corridors, mirrors and glasswork has all been done by Ramsinh Malam himself. All of it is simply a spectacle to watch. The doors have been crafted with gold and ivory. Apart from this there are exclusive things to observe such as a pendulum clock synchronized with a calendar. You will simply be mesmerized and spellbound with the beauty, luster and grandeur of this palace.

Travel Tips

The timings for visiting the palace are fixed. The palace is opened for the tourists in the morning between 9.00 am and 11.45 am and in the evening between 3.00 pm and 5.45 pm. So you must get out of the lodging place at a rime according to the opening schedules of the palace. The entry fee is Rs.10 whereas for photography you need to pay Rs.30.

When to visit

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Things to do

Since every stone and glass of the Aina Mahal tells a story, you have a lot to do here apart from making a stereotype visit to this heritage site. You must watch out for the outer lawn of the palace and explore the science of the Indo-European architectural style in the palace. Try and explore in detail the parts of the palace that is in ruins now due to the 2001 earthquake that occurred here. There is a lot to admire in the balconies and doorways outside the palace. You must take memorable snaps of the place.

Getting Around

Bhuj is a pretty busy place but much of it is of total influence. Thus the local communication to get around in Bhuj is mostly dependent of auto-rickshaws and also tongas. You can find plenty of them in the town. There are local buses as well.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • The Ahmedabad Airport is the nearest airport to Bhuj. There are frequent flights from all the major cities of the country. After landing at the Ahmedabad airport one can hire a cab or take a bus to Bhuj.
  • The Bhuj Railway Station is the connector of Bhuj with other places through the railway tracks. This station is located 1 km away from the main city of Bhuj. There are two express trains, namely, the Bhuj Express and the Kutch Express that connects Ahmedabad to Bhuj and it�s an 8 hour journey. So you can also reach Ahmedabad by airways and then take a train to Bhuj.
  • The bus journey is however more comfortable than the train journey if you are travelling to Bhuj from Ahmedabad. There are Deluxe sleeper buses available that take you to Bhuj within an overnight journey of 10 hours. Apart from the sleeper buses, there are non-sleeper as well as Government buses available which are more economical.

Surrounding Attractions

Apart from the Aina Mahal, there is a plenty of other sightseeing to visit in Bhuj. Here is a list of it-

  • The Prag Mahal: This is another historical palace near Aina Mahal and was built in the latter part of the 19th century.
  • The Kuchch Museum: This is the oldest museum of Bhuj and has antiques from the ancient days of the Bhuj culture.
  • The Sarad Bagh palace, Bharatiya Sanskriti Dasrshan (Folk Museum) in Kutch and the Swaminarayan Temple are the other tourist spots near Aina Mahal.
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