Historic building in Udaipur
Opening hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
Address: Gangaur Ghat, Old City, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Ticket price: Indian/foreigner ₹50/100, camera ₹50
Visit duration: People typically spend 30 minutes to 1 hour here
If you want to visit one of the well-known places in Udaipur, then there is an exquisite tourist attraction called Bagore Ki Haveli that belongs to the eighteenth century. This majestic palace is located on the banks of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. It was formerly a palace that has now been transformed into a museum.
The Bagore Ki Haveli was constructed by the then Chief Minister in the Mewar kingdom named Amar Chand Badwa at the time of Maharanas Pratap Singh II, Raj Singh II, Ari Singh, and Hamir Singh who reigned from 1751 to 1778. When Amar Chand Badwa died, the palace was occupied by the Mewar royal family. A relative of the then Maharana named Nath Singh had taken possession of the structure.
After a hundred years, in 1878 Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore expanded the beauty, design, architecture as well as area of the palace. He constructed the magnificent three-arched gateway on the main structure. Since then, the iconic structure is known as Bagore Ki Haveli.
The haveli was occupied by the Mewar state till 1947. After independence, it was taken by the Government of Rajasthan who used it for housing government officials. After being neglected for around forty years, the government handed over the renowned palace to the West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC) in 1986.
After renovating the Haveli into a museum, The WZCC consulted several royal families to maintain the royal look and old charm. The museum is not like other museums. There are five sections which are very well maintained. The sections are Puppet Museum, Main Haveli, Turban Museum, Weapon Museum, and Wedding Depiction which are informative as well as entertaining.
If you are an art lover, you will love to see the marvellous architecture of Bagore Ki Haveli. It follows the aristocratic culture of Mewar. The Haveli has a fabulous array of large courtyards, a water fountain, balconies, corridors, jharokhas, cupolas and several decorative archways. There are 138 rooms where the interiors are decorated with intricate and fine mirror work and the walls with attractive glass work, murals and beautiful paintings from the Mewar era.
The famous chamber of the Royal Ladies is a worth visiting place for its coloured windows which are made of glass and two exceptionally crafted peacocks made of coloured glass mosaics. When you walk into the inner segments, you can see the private quarters of royal ladies, bedrooms, makeup rooms, recreation rooms and worship rooms as well.
The major attraction of Bagore Ki Haveli is the Dharohar Dance Show where different forms of dance and music belonging to Rajasthani tradition are conducted wearing traditional Rajasthani attires. There are many kinds of dances and shows named Chari Dance, Terha Taal, Gorbandh, Ghumar, Bhavani dance and lastly Rajasthani Puppet show. The performers represent the culture, tradition and Rajasthani folklore in an admiring way.
Bagore Ki Haveli Museum opens on all days of the week. The Museum opens from 9:30 am till 5:30 pm. The Dharohar Dance Show begins from 7:00 pm till 8:00 pm.
The ticket price of Bagore Ki Haveli Museum is different for Indian and foreign tourists. While Indians have to pay ₹50 for adults and ₹30 for children aged 5 to 12 years, the entry fee for foreigners is ₹100 for adults and ₹50 for foreign children. If you want to bring cameras, you’ll have to pay an extra ₹50. The tickets for the show are available from 6:15 pm onwards.
The ticket price of the Dharohar Dance show is also different for Indian nationals and foreign tourists. While ₹90 is charged for Indians and ₹45 for children, foreigners have to pay ₹150 and ₹75 for children. Camera charges are ₹150.
The Dharohar Dance Show is undoubtedly the major highlight of Bagore Ki Haveli. It depicts the tradition of Rajasthan mesmerizingly which shouldn’t be missed at all.
You can spend around 30 minutes to 1 hour inside Bagore Ki Haveli. It sounds less but still not too less! Hire a guide in your comfortable language and understand everything in sufficient time more precisely.
If you research a little on Udaipur City, you’ll know that this city is full of fascination for tourists. There is Lake Pichola which is only 50 metres, Jagdish Temple which is only 250 metres and City Palace which is only 550 metres away from the Bagore Ki Haveli.