“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.
Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur photos
Bagore Ki Haveli on the map
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