If a city has at least one building like the Prag Mahal, it automatically wins my heart. If the city of Bhuj has nothing else to offer but the Prag Mahal, I would have still considered it worth visiting. Apart from pure aesthetic pleasure, I’ve noticed that beautiful architecture has a very soothing effect on me, and it makes me wonder whether there is such a thing as architecture therapy 🙂 Dealing with stresses of day-to-day life, I often open my photography folders and go through the collection of the most prominent architectural gems I’ve visited around India, and the Prag Mahal in Bhuj is easily one of them.
The magnificent edifice defines the skyline of Bhuj and is seen from afar. As one of the major attractions of the city, the palace is visited by the Indian and foreign tourists alike, even though the tourist scene of Bhuj is far from being overwhelming.
History of the Prag Mahal
The construction was commissioned by the local Kutch ruler Rao Pragmalji II, and it’s after him the palace was named afterward. The astounding building was designed by Henry Saint Wilkins, a British Army officer who was also a gifted architect. Apart from the Parag Mahal in Bhuj, he designed the Frere Hall in Karachi, Pakistan, the Sassoon Hospital in Pune and the Government and the Public Works Secretariats in Mumbai.
Like many other 19th century palaces in India, the Prag Mahal in Bhuj was built according to the rules of extremely popular Gothic Revival architectural style, and many European artisans were involved in its construction. It took 12 years to build the imposing structure (1865-1875), using the Italian marble and Indian sandstone. As the Gothic Revival architecture suggests, the building features a subtle mixture of styles, but all of them are heavily dominated by European architectural traditions.
The palace was severely damaged during the Bhuj Earthquake in 2001, and in 2006 it was brutally robbed, with burglars taking away a lot of antiques and shamelessly vandalizing the place. Restoration works took place after Amitabh Bachchan, the Bollywood megastar, took a personal interest in repairing the Prag Mahal in Bhuj.
Recommended read: The Royal Cenotaphs (Chhatris) of Bhuj
The Prag Mahal in photos
View this post on Instagram
When a city has at least one building like this, it automatically wins my heart ?? . . . . . . . . #bhuj #gujarat #gujarattourism #gujarat_tourism #gujarat_diaries #theglobewanderer #wanderlust #travelblog #india #incredibleindia #travelblogger #traveldiaries #travelphotography #wanderlust #travelgram #travel #palace #mytravelgram #worlderlust #travelpics #bestplacestogo #architecture #welltravelled #instatravel #travelingram #traveladdict #indiapalette #mytravelgram
View this post on Instagram
This photo of the Prag Mahal in Bhuj combines everything I like: astounding Gothic Revival architecture, bright and cheerful tropical flowers, my favorite blue skirt, and the matching sky with a decent amount of fluffy clouds 🙂 . . . . . . . . . . #bhuj #gujarat #gujarattourism #gujarat_tourism #gujarat_diaries #theglobewanderer #wanderlust #travelblog #india #incredibleindia #travelblogger #traveldiaries #travelphotography #wanderlust #travelgram #travel #palace #mytravelgram #worlderlust #travelpics #bestplacestogo #architecture #welltravelled #instatravel #travelingram #traveladdict #indiapalette #mytravelgram
~ The Prag Mahal in Bhuj is open for visitors from 9 am to 12 am, and then from 3 pm to 6 pm.
~ The ticket price is Rs 20, and the photography charges are Rs 50.
~ It will take you around one hour to explore the place. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, especially if you’re going to climb the clock tower.
~ Apart from Rani ki Vas, there is also the Aina Mahal (The palace of mirrors) in the same compound. It’s recommended to visit all these sights in one go.
~ The Prag Mahal on the map:
Liked the post? Pin it for later!