The city of Bhuj is one of the beautiful tourist destinations in Gujarat. Its heritages and legends add on to its charm. Legends say that it was the land of Naga Chieftains and the city is named after Bhujanga, the last Naga Chieftain of Bhuj.
Later, it was developed by Rao Hamirji, who established it as a capital of Kutch state. Today, Bhuj is the district headquarters of Kutch District in Gujarat. This ancient place offers a lot for tourism, and hence it has become one of the top tourist places in Gujarat.
Prag Mahal is one among the popular tourist places in Bhuj. It was commissioned during the time of Rao Pragmalji II. Prag Mahal is built in the Italian Gothic style of architecture, which makes it a unique heritage. Now this beautiful structure is also a famous Bollywood film shooting location.
Isn't it nice to look around this exotic palace? Have a look at this photo tour of Prag Mahal in Bhuj!
History Of Prag Mahal
The construction of Prag Mahal began in the year 1865, and it was completed in the year 1879. Prag Mahal was commissioned by Rao Pragmalji II and designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins. In fact, the construction was completed by Kengarji II, Rao Pragmalji's son.
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Architecture Of Prag Mahal
The Italian Gothic Style architecture of Prag Mahal is one of the major attractions. Several Italian artisans and Kutch architects were involved in the building of this palace. Italian marble and sandstone are the main materials used in the construction.
It took over 3 Million rupees to construct Prag Mahal. It is said that the workers were paid in gold coins (which was the currency at that time).
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Attractions Of Prag Mahal
Durbar Hall, Clock Tower, murals and the courtyard are some of the main attractions of Prag Mahal.
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Prag Mahal was majorly affected by the earthquake which happened in 2001. Some portions of the building were destroyed. Later, some prominent portions of the building was restored and opened for the public.
Bollywood And Prag Mahal
Prag Mahal has served as film shooting location for Hindi movies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Lagaan and several Gujarati Films. In fact, actor Amitabh Bachchan also contributed a lot for the restoration of the palace.