Located in the city of Udaipur, Bagore ki Haveli is a beautiful mansion built during the 18th century. It has now been converted into a Museum. Its splendid architecture, delicate carvings, and excellent glass work make it one of India’s most beautiful museums.
Bagore ki Haveli has been built by Amir Chand Badwa who used to be the Chief Minister of Mewar Royal Court. After his demise, it came into possession of the Mewar State. In the year 1878 the Haveli was made the residence of Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore and that is how it derives its name. Unfortunately, as the years passed, the mansion was left vacant for a period of 50 years and during this period it started to dilapidate. In 1986, the building was handed over to the West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC). The WZCC in consultation with the members of the Royal Family and some experts, has managed to restore the mansion in its former glory.
About the Haveli
The Haveli houses 138 rooms and has numerous corridors & balconies, courtyards and terraces. A visit to this Haveli gives a glimpse of the lives of the royalty. One can view the private quarters of the royal ladies: their bedrooms, living rooms, worship and recreation rooms. Also put up for display are jewelry boxes, dice games, rose water sprinklers, copper vessels amongst other knick knacks native to the Royalty.
Not to Miss
Every evening between 7 and 8 pm the Haveli stages a beautiful and traditional performance known an “Dharohar” It is a musical concert combining 7 traditional Rajasthani folk dances. It’s a great experience to enjoy the live dances and puppetry shows. Commentary for the show is in both English as well as Hindi.
This museum also houses the biggest turban in Asia, having a length of 451 meters and a width of 82 inches.
Entry Fee & Opening Times
Bagore ki Haveli is open to visitors from 9 : 30am to 7pm. The entry fee is Rs 25. However, please check the rates before entering as they may be subject to change.
Best Season to visit
The best months to visit Udaipur are between September and March, as it gets rather hot during the Summer months.