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“Quite dilapitated condition” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Prag Mahal Palace

Prag Mahal Palace
Next to the Aina Mahal, Bhuj, India
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Ranked #11 of 26 things to do in Bhuj
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Ahmedabad, India
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“Quite dilapitated condition”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I'm not sure if the condition of this museum is so poor because of the Earthquake or just an overall lack of interest in its upkeep.

But after visiting the Kutch museum and the Sharadbagh palace nearby, the Pragmahal palace is quite disappointing.

A motley collection of items, badly curated, badly labelled and badly maintained are strewn around in transparent cases.

The only thing that makes this visit worth it, is a climb up one of the 2 first clock towers in India (the other is in Bombay) and the view from the top. The staircase is very narrow and is definitely not recommended if you are claustrophobic or scared of heights

Visited December 2012
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“Palace, and earthquake evidence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This palace feels abandoned. The ceiling above the entrance stairway is beautiful. The ceiling in the Durbar hall was probably similarly ornate, but in its present condition you can see how it was constructed. None of the decoration is left on the Durbar hall ceiling. There are hunting trophies in the Durbar hall from the days when the Maharajah desired such things. It is good to see them left there, with the stuffing coming out. The trophies in the palace seem to symbolise hunting for trophies is a thing of the past in India.

Of course, the palace was burgled in 2006, but there is still some original furniture inside, and what little remains is of interest. There are palanquins and cots, the biggest cooking pot I've ever seen (as I recall, the Maharajah used it for the troops on campaign) and a clotheshorse big enough to take a Maharajah's clothes for airing. There are some interesting decorations on the plaster, but there are also areas where the plaster has fallen away, and you can see how it has been keyed to the wall.

You can ascend the tower for fine a panorama of the city.

There is such an impression of the passing of an era here. I think it is perfect as it is. It needs the hand of preservation rather than of restoration.

Don't go to Bhuj just to see this place. But if you are in Bhuj for a day or two, don't miss it.

Visited May 2012
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“Only for the tower climb”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

This place is not at all maintained properly. Art pieces are badly damaged. Only visit if you want to climb the tower and view the city from there.
Timings : 10AM-1PM and 3 PM-6 PM
Fees : 20 Rs per head and 50rs for Camera

Visited March 2013
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“Hurt by the time and by the earthquake”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Prag Mahal is a building in the old historical center of Bhuj. It goes up again to 1700, period of the English colonization . Unfortunately the building has seriously been struck by the 2001's earthquake, and deep cracks can still be seen in the walls.
Also insides, few furniture, residual of an ancient and rich wealth now impoverished.
It regrets to see suspended to the walls a lot of heads of local animals. Old and badly off trophies of hunting that show kind of animals extinct long time ago.
On top of the tower you still can to see the bells directly imported from England, and enjoy of a good panoramic sight of the city.

Visited March 2013
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“Worth a visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Located right near Aina Mahal in the old city area of Bhuj. Its a beautiful palace which despite charging the hoard of visitors, has been badly maintained. Its a pity to see the architecture & interiors & antiques lying in shambles as a result of the earthquake, as well as disinterest on the part of caretakers to sort out the place.
The climb to the clock tower is a steep one but do make it up there for a panoramic view of Bhuj as well as of some more ruins of the amazing place this must have been.
Lying close to Prag Mahal, on the way to Aina Mahal is yet another ruin of Rani Mahal, which is closed for public viewing.

Visited February 2013
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