Aaina Mahal also known as Hall of Mirrors, built by Rao Lakhpat Ji in 1761 AD , it was constructed with white marble walls decorated with Gold lace and glass , mirrors are separated with gilded ornaments with shades of Venetian glass. This palace was damaged in 2001 AD earth quake but most of it is repaired and recovered .
Legend has it that the decorated architect Ram Singh Malam had devoted 17 years of his life in Europe but could not get any recognition and appreciation in there . He introduced himself to the royal court of Bhuj and made a humble appeal to the king for work. Lakhpatji approved of his ideas and ordered the construction of the grand Aaina Mahal.
The erstwhile palace which belonged to Maharao Lakhpatji has now been converted into a Museum. Piece of art in itself and houses several rare paintings and collectibles from around the world. Designed in a mixed Indo-European style and made available the materials for the palace locally.
Aina Mahal Palace is a two storied building with Hall of Mirrors as the main attraction along with Darbar hall and suites for the royal family. Located on the second floor of the palace the interiors of the Hall of Mirrors will leave you spell bound.
The Aina Mahal also boasts of glass paintings of Chinese inspiration. The Palace, has an array of mirrors everywhere. Ranging from full-length to tiny half-inch circles, the mirrors promise to draw awe from people as soon they put their eyes on them.
The interiors of the palace exhibit the ceiling, doors and pillars which are glittered with work of mirrors and exquisite wood carvings. To add to the grandeur, there are beds with legs of gold surrounded by numerous mirrors in Baroque -style frames. The doors too were crafted from elephant tusk which boldly exclaim of the royalty of the king. The exteriors of the palace cum museum has carved doorways and extended window blocks.
The museum is closed on Thursday and visiting hrs. are 9:00am – 11:45am & 3:00pm – 5:45pm.
Entry ticket is Rs.10/- and Photography charges Rs.30/-
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