Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur – two hours of aesthetic pleasure

 

“There is nothing much to see. The dance with fire show is in the evening. Click a photo jaldi (quickly), and I’ll take you to Moti Magri”. Our rickshaw driver obviously didn’t have a very high opinion of Bagore Ki Haveli. Perhaps he’s seen too many palaces in the city he was lucky to live. Anyway, what was suggested as a quick look and a couple of photo clicks ended up being two  hours of real aesthetic pleasure and tons of pictures.  Located hardly 100 m away from the City Palace,  Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur is an ideal place to expand one’s horizons when it comes to the Rajasthani architecture and lifestyle of the Mewari royal family.

The haveli was built in the eighteen century by Shri Amarchand Badwa, and it still preserves its authentic spirit. Also, even though it was rainy season and the crowds were almost nonexistent in the otherwise extremely touristic Udaipur, I didn’t expect to have the whole haveli all to ourselves. But the palace was literally deserted! Only once we met a middle-aged woman with her son, an inquisitive lad in his late teens, who apparently took as much pleasure in wandering around the premises as we did.

There were more than 100 rooms, as well as countless jharokhas (balconies in Rajasthani style), terraces, corridors and cosy courtyards. The heavy wooden doors with metal spikes, colorful frescoes in Mewari style, intricate mosaic murals, lovely stained glass windows and the finest mirror work – all this makes Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur a place to remember. Apart from the myriad of rooms, the palace comprises a puppet museum, a weaponry section, a large collection of turbans and a very interesting section depicting all the stages of a traditional Indian wedding.


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Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

Bagore Ki Haveli. Looking quite inviting, isn’t it?

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

This bas-relief is very similar to the one at the Udaipur railway station

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

The courtyard is all squeaky clean after the rain

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

The edifice features plenty of interesting architectural details

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

The doors in Udaipur are majestic! And this one is a proof 🙂

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

From the weaponry section

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

A part of the traditional Indian wedding setup

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

Breathtaking view at the Pichola lake from the terrace

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

It’s the quaint details like this window that make this haveli so attractive

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

Or like this door with the screens at both sides

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

And this is a sad sight – there were no other places to fix this hose?

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

The terraces are a pleasure to look around and to walk along

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

This is what the haveli looked like before the restoration work in late 1980-s

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

A real celebration of blue 🙂

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

A fine frescoe in one of the rooms

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

Lovely Rajasthani balconies

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

Intricate mosaic mural made of the tiniest peaces of colorful glass

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

Stained glass windows are definitely a thing in Udaipur

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

Bright and cheerful

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

This is supposed to be the biggest turban in the world, but I’m not sure how accurate is that

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur

From the exhibition of turbans. Face expressions are priceless 🙂

Bagore Ki Haveli on the map


 

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18 thoughts on “Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur – two hours of aesthetic pleasure

    • I’m glad these ancient buildings full of works of art were transformed into museums so everyone can appreciate the talent of people who came before us, as you said. Thanks for visiting, Stephanie.

  1. That is a lovely building. Not suprised you spent so long there. I always find locals’ ideas of what is important/ interesting in their area amusing as well. Nothing like familiarity for taking the edge off.

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