It was the first day of our stay in Gujarat. We arrived at Gujarat in the Bhuj station at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. We planned our trip to the Aina and Prag Mahal in Bhuj in the same day only. As soon as we reached our hotel, we started unpacking and freshened up. We left the hotel at 4 p.m. in the evening to pay a visit to the Aina and Prag Mahal. Bhuj is the center of attraction for every tourist as the city is filled with all sorts of rich cultural assets. We hired a taxi and reached at the Aina and Prag Mahal. I was carrying my digital SLR camera with me as I wanted to capture the stills of every beautiful moment.
Aina and Prag Mahal are located adjacent to each other. The Aina Mahal was built in the year 1761 by Rao Lakhpatiji. The entire monument is a wonder in itself. The building is designed with rich marble walls and gold laces. The use of Venetian glass in its walls attracts the eyes of each and every visitor. There were many other tourists visiting the historical monument like us, who filled the entire area with a thick crowd.
The Prag Mahal was built much later in the year 1865. It was designed and constructed by Rao Pragmalji 2. The entire construction took 14 years to be completed and hence, eventhough the work began in the year 1865, it drew conclusions in the year 1879. The Italian style building reminds of the skilled architecture and mastery over art by the bygone artisans. The construction price of the entire Prag Mahal was 3 million rupees in that era. The Main hall of the Prag Mahal is adorned with life-like structures of various animals, whereas the Darbar hall consists of classical statues. There is a clock which stands 45-48 meters high in the center of the Prag mahal from where the entire view of Bhuj could be taken.
Our trip to Aina and Prag Mahal came to an end at 8 p.m. in the evening. We enjoyed the day and came back to our hotel rooms with a much contented heart.
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