After having a quick Brunch at my Hotel, I booked a cab which brought me to my first destination of the city, Bagore ki Haveli. Located in the vicinity of Lake Pichola, bagore ki haveli stands tall on the Gangori Ghat. The splendid haveli was built by Amarchand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar dynasty in the 18th century. Since then the building is known as Bagore ki Haveli or the Mansion of Bagore.
The building was deserted for some 50 years until govt of India handed it over to West Zone Cultural Centre. It was then renovated into a museum that preserved the Mewar cultural heritage. The haveli was beautiful from inside. It was great fun to click some of the most amazing picture of this Royal palace from different angles.
There are some 138 rooms inside the haveli, comprising of a large number of corridors, balconies and terraces. The mirror work adds many dimensions to the beauty of the palace from inside along with the designs and carvings on the walls.
The private rooms of the ladies could be seen, their bed rooms, bathrooms, rooms for recreation and worship and the living rooms were all richly decorated with ceiled carvings. The haveli gave an idea of the wealth and high living standards of the Mewar royal families. The mansion gave me some stunning images to capture on my DSLR. The pictures that I clicked most were in the chambers of the royal ladies which still bear the Mewar style frescoes and the coloured glass windows inside the room. Some of the rooms are decorated with peacocks made from glass mosaics depicting the artistic craftsmanship of that era.
Some major royal items on display at the haveli are the jewellery boxes, symbols of the rajput clan, hukkas, hand fans and dice games of the prince and princess of the Mewar who used to reside in the Haveli. In the evening the haveli is lightened and Rajjasthani songs and dances are staged for the tourists. I was quite pleased that I began my trip from this haveli and got some amazing photos of the ancient architecture and lifestyle of the Royal clan captured in my DSLR.
After the trip to Bagore ki haveli, it was now time to visit the historic City Palace of Udaipur.