Aina Mahal, Kutch

The Aina Mahal palace, or “Hall of Mirrors” is located at Bhuj, Gujarat, India, was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in the middle of the 18th century. It is also known as the Madansinhji Museum. The Aina Mahal is at the northeast corner of Hamirsar lake, easily walkable from most of Bhuj.

It was designed by the legendarily famous Ramsinh, who survived a shipwreck off the coast of East Africa, reached Europe, and over 17 years learned skills such as shipbuilding, stone-carving, glass-blowing and tile-making, eventually introducing them to Kutch.

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The hall of mirrors is the biggest attraction of this museum. This hall is situated on the second floor of the museum and contains white marbled walls covered with mirrors that are separated by gilded ornaments. The hall has objects like a Dutch Clock, English and French globes, antique pictures, mechanical toys, etc.

The middle floor of the museum has a pleasure pool with a platform above it. It also has a series of fountains that are operated by a system of pumps placed below a Venetian chandelier. The art gallery in this museum comprises many photographs and portraits of Bhuj city and its rulers.

Opening hours of Aina Mahal:

The Palace is open on all days from 9:00am – 11:45am & 3:00pm – 5:45pm.

Entry fee for visiting Aina Mahal:

Entry ticket is Rs.10 and Photography charges Rs.30

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Aina Mahal Palace is during winter months from October to March. The weather remains pleasant while the temperature ranges from 20 to 28 degree Celsius.

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