Next door to the Aina Mahal, in the same walled compound, is the giant Prag Mahal, which may at first seem slightly out of place at the far western edge of India, looking more appropriate in France.
PRAGMAHAL PALACE: This modern palace of 19th century is famous for it's clock tower. This palace is situated near Hamirsagar lake. Aaina mahal is also situated nearby. The structure of palace is Italian style. Many Bollywood films are shoot here in this palace. Restoration work were done in the palace after an earthquake. Don't miss the clock tower from here you have whole view of Bhuj city.
Start off your day by reaching Bhuj early morning. Known for its centuries old buildings, Bhuj has numerous sight seeing options. PragMahal, a princely 19th century palace, now converted into a museum gives you an aura of the regal times of the bygone era.The 250 year old Palace of Mirrors or Aaina Mahal located in the corner of Hamirsar Lake is nearly in shambles after the devastating earthquake of 2001. A small part of it has been restored and opened to public.
Parag palace(see the opening and closing time in the picture). There are some charges to get inside the museum and separate charges for Camera.
We started walking towards Aina Mahal. Instead of taking an auto, I always believe its better to walk and take in the street life of any city. We decided to go to Prag Mahal first and the palace was one of its kind. The 2001 Gujarat earthquake severely damaged the palace. Later the palace was burgled with thieves stealing antiques worth millions. Today, the palace is in a ghostly state. The beautiful picturesque stairway leads to the corridor which opens into a large hall with huge broken chandeliers hanging low. There are two rooms along the hall open for visitors which were in decay state. The palace indeed was shaken to the core by the earthquake and here lay the evidence of the catastrophe.