Location: Gangori Ghat, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan
The city of Udaipur is not only famous for its lakes but also for the number of palaces it houses. It boasts of a rich Rajputana history that still has its essence glowing. It is one of the oldest and the most luxurious cities of India. A visit to Udaipur is incomplete without a visit to the mesmerizing Havelis situated on the waterfronts of the lakes. The perfect example of one such Haveli is the Bagore ki Haveli situated on the waterfront of Lake Pichola.
Located on the platform of the Gangori Ghat, this magnificent mansion was built in the eighteenth century by the Chief Minsiter of Mewar Royal Court, Amir Chand Badwa. In 1878, the palace became home for Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore, therefore, popularizing it with the name of Bagore ki Haveli. After being deserted for 50 years post independence, the haveli was finally handed over to the West Zone Cultural Centre in 1986 for restoration. Today, the Haveli looks as glorious as it used to be and also houses a museum in its premises with painitngs and costumes of the Royal Kings.
The majestic palace houses over a hundred rooms with splendid beauty. The interiors of the palace are finely carved with delicate mirror and glass works that speak about the resplendence of the by-gone era. You can also have a look at the private quarters of the royal ladies such as their bathrooms, dressing rooms, bedrooms, etc. along with a number of balconies, courtyards and corridors. The evenings at the palace are amazingly entertaining with exclusive performances by the traditional Rajastani Folk Groups that provide an enriching experience to the tourists. Things like Rajputana jewellery, hukkas, hand fans, vessels, etc. attract a large number of visitors. The splendid grandeur and stupefying beauty of the palace will engage you profoundly. The magnanimous aura of this place will take you back to the rich cultural history of Rajasthan.
The timings, entry fee and other details about the museum are as mentioned below:
Timings: 10 am to 5.30 pm
Entry Fee: Rs.15 (Indians), Rs. 25 (Foreigners), Rs. 7 (Children)
Camera: Rs. 10
Video Camera: Rs. 50
Cultural Show Dharohar Timings: 7 pm- 8 pm (All Days)
Charges: Rs. 35 (Indians), Rs. 60 (Foreigners)