Bagore ki Haveli – A Royal Haveli and Museum in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Bagore ki Haveli – A Royal Haveli and Museum in Udaipur, Rajasthan

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One of the popular attractions of Lake City Udaipur, Bagore Ki Haveli is a grand haveli or mansion, situated on the waterfront of the Surreal Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat and near the famous Jagdish Temple of Udaipur.

It was constructed in the 18th century by the then Prime Minister of Mewar State, “Amar Chand Badwa”. Bagore Ki Haveli has been restored over the period and now it is converted into a Royal Museum.

Location of Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

It is located at  Gangaur Ghat Marg, Hotel Gangaur Palace Old City, Udaipur.

Map of Bagore ki Haveli

 

History of Bagore Ki Haveli Udaipur

Shri Amarchand Badwa, who was the Prime Minister of Mewar kingdom, throughout the rule of Maharanas Pratap Singh II, Raj Singh II, Ari Singh, and Hamir Singh from the period of from 1751 to 1778, built Bagore ki Haveli. 

After the death of Amarchand Barwa, Bagore ki Haveli came under the authority of the Mewar royalty and became the residence of Nath Singh, a relative of the then Maharana.

In 1878, Shakti Singh, Maharaja of Bagore expanded the haveli size by constructing a triple-arched entrance, and since then this haveli is known as Bagore Ki Haveli. This property remained in the possession of the state of Mewar till 1947.

After the independence of India, this haveli was used by the Government of Rajasthan to house government employees. The haveli remained neglected for nearly forty years and finally, in 1986, the government decided to hand over the restoration work to the West Zone Cultural Center.

 

Restoration Work of Bagore ki Haveli

The West Zone Cultural Center converted Bagore ki haveli into a beautiful museum, keeping in mind retaining the royal style and look in the same old architectural style.

To maintain its old mewari charm, many royal family members were consulted and the haveli was restored using old and traditional skills.

Traditional materials like lime mortar and lakhori bricks were used for the restoration of Bagore ki Haveli. The existing murals were preserved using different techniques and the doors, windows, and perforated screens were carefully repaired and the completely damaged ones were replaced.

 

The Architecture of Bagore ki Haveli

Bagore Ki Haveli is famous all over India for its unimaginable architecture and craftsmanship.

Bagore ki Haveli Udaipur, Rajasthan

Reflecting the Mewar’s golden history and culture, Bagore ki Haveli is a marvelous haveli that has huge courtyards, jharokhas, balconies, decorative archways, cupolas, and a fountain.

There are around 138 luxurious rooms, the interiors of the haveli are embellished with intricate mirror work.   The walls are adorned amazingly with mural paintings and fine glassworks.  

All the rooms used by royal families are worth admiring for its magical architectural style.

The Royal Ladies’ chamber is a place that can draw anyone’s attention because of the renewed glass windows that are beautifully colored.

Along with this, it also has two peacocks that are made of colored glass mosaics that are amazingly crafted. 

 

An Insight into the Bagore ki Haveli

At the entrance of this haveli, a charming courtyard with a similarly built two-story Lotus Fountain welcomes you. There are three chowks such as Kuan Chowk, Neem Chowk, and Tulsi Chowk in Bagore ki haveli.

The first, Kuan Chowk is located on the ground floor of the Bagore ki Haveli. It was especially used to house stores and stables and was used as the place where the daily household chores of the staff were performed.

The second, Neem Chowk is located on the first floor of the Haveli. It is covered by beautiful brass doors and was used as a stage for music and dance performances that were enjoyed by royal families. Also now this place displays various performing art forms.

There are also some other restricted areas popular as the Kanch Mahal (mirrored passage) and Durrie Khana, which was used only by royal men at that time. 

“Diwan-e-Khas” was the largest chamber inside the Haveli which is now used as the office of the Director, WZCC.

The last chowk, known as  Tulsi Chowk was the prime area that was only used by princesses, which also housed zenana that was known as the women’s quarters. 

Earlier, this chowk was used for festival celebrations and cultural dance performances like “Ghoomar” by the ladies of Bagore ki haveli.

Now, this Chowk displays a Beautiful Rajasthani collection of turbans and women’s costumes. Besides, Tulsi Chowk also has a  gallery that reflects this Royal Haveli’s golden days.

similarly, there is a Shringar Kaksh, which was used as a dressing room by the women of the Haveli.

The princesses used wooden almirah or trunk to store their possessions. One can also see “Itra Daan”, a perfume used only by the royal women in Shringar Kaksh. 

In that era, Royal women of Mewar were also very interested in Rajasthani cultural dance and music, so for that Sangeet Kaksh specially created for royal women to learn music and musical instruments such as santoor, chang, dholak, nagara, sarangi, etc.

Manoranjan Kaksh was the place used for playing board games like Chaupad and Ganjifa by the men. 

 

Bagore ki Haveli Museum

Bagore ki Haveli Museum Udaipur

Bagore ki Haveli museum is mainly divided into five sections such as  The Puppet museum, the main haveli, the Turban museum, the Weapon Museum, the Wedding Depiction Section. Each of these royal sections is very well preserved and maintained.

Puppet Museum :

Puppet museum bagore ki haveli

Puppet museum as its name suggests has a display of many puppets and this place is very famous among the children. The entrance of this museum is decorated with small puppets and other decor items.

On one side of the room inside the museum, a section is dedicated to the establishment of the king’s court in the form of puppets, in which the king, queen, and various other ministers made of puppets can be seen sitting in their seats.

Apart from this, puppets of elephants, horses, and many other dolls in different shapes and sizes can also be seen in the Puppet Museum.

Haveli Museum :

The beautiful Haveli Museum has a beautiful staircase that leads you directly to the terrace, from where you can have a great view of Lake Pichola. Along with this, views of the Oberoi Udayavilas Palace Hotel, Taj Hotel, and City Palace built near the lake can also be seen from the terrace.

After entering haveli, some lobbies lead to various rooms of the Haveli such as the private quarters of the royal ladies, their bedrooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms, living rooms, worship rooms, and recreation rooms. All these rooms are set up in the ancient style.

The bedrooms inside the haveli museum are set up with an old beautiful bed and some regular stuff used by royal families. 

Also, there is a living room with rugs on the floor and luxury cushions, with some puppets or dolls of people sitting around. A kitchen with earthen pots can be also seen here that was used during that time.

The walls of the lobby are decorated with some beautiful paintings depicting scenes of the royal Mewar culture.

Firstly, there are paintings of women doing household work, kings preparing for battle and scenery of Lake Pichola can be seen here. Also, there is a painting which is showing the family hierarchy of residents of Bagore ki Havel. 

Secondly, Museum displays some great items that belonged to the Rajputs such as costumes wore by the kings, jewelry boxes, dice games, hookahs, rose water sprinklers, etc.

The basement of the museum houses a collection of skilled artwork, which attracts tourists. Apart from this, the historical Indra Viman or elephant chariot of Jhalawar kings can also be seen in the museum.

Thermocol model of Bagore ki haveli along with sculptures of Eiffel Tower, Vijay Stambh of Chittorgarh, the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, are some latest addition to this museum, that is worth admiring. 

There is also a hanging beautiful swing on the lobby of the first floor of the haveli, which shows how the royal women used to enjoy the swings here.

The Turban Section :

turban section bagore ki haveli

Located on the ground floor of the Haveli, the Turban section is also one of the attractive sections of the Bagore ki haveli museum. 

It has a collection that displays various turbans from different states of India such as Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. 

Turban depicts the differences and cultures of the people of the states.

Talk about turban, the Rajasthani turban is made with vibrant colors while Punjabi turban is made of plain cloth in various colors. Gujarati turban is seemed similar to Rajasthani, but different in varying in color and shape.

Weapons Section :

The weapon section is Located right beside the entrance of the museum. This section is comparatively smaller. It displays various weapons used by the Rajput kings and their armies during the battle.

The Wedding Section :

The wedding section is another smaller section that displays different stages of an Indian wedding in the form of dolls or puppets.

This section gives an insight into the various rituals that are followed in a traditional Indian wedding, right from “Muhurat” fixation to wedding to post Wedding are very entertaining wedding rituals.

 

Dharohar Dance Show at Bagore ki Haveli

Dharohar Dance Show

The heritage dance show is the main attraction of Bagore Ki Haveli. It starts at around 7 n the evening. It is a 1-hour show that takes place at Neem Chowk.

Seating arrangements for visitors are made on the floor in front of the stage. A large mattress placed around the three sides of the terrace to get a good view of the dance performances.

The Dharohar Dance Show is a cultural show which started with a brief introduction given by a woman dressed in a traditional Rajasthani dress. The performances are started with the beating of a drum, blowing of a conch shell, and a religious song.

This show has various performances by well-choreographed Rajasthani dances supported by the musicians playing instruments like tabla and harmonium. The women performing on stage wear traditional Rajasthani costumes with colorful ghagra cholis embodied with embroidery work and beautiful glasswork.

The first dance performed at the show is called Chari Dance where the performers dance with lit brass pots on their heads by balancing them amazingly. 

The next or second dance performance is called as Terha Taal Dance, that needs perfect coordination as the dancers play 13 Manjiras (bells) tied to their hands and legs with the rhythm of the music. in between performance, they hold a knife in their mouth along with a set of brass pots on their head and play manjiras, all at the same time.

That performance is followed by Gorbandh Dance, where the dancers perform wearing ornaments used to adorn camels and dance in complete abandon. Women twirling at high speed while holding hands.

The next one is the Rajasthani Puppet show which is loved by young kids in the audience. The story created with the puppets adds humor to the show.

The next performance is called Ghoomar dance which is a very popular dance form all over India. In Ghoomar dance, the participants dance in rhythmic circles with the beautiful Rajasthani folk music.

The last and final performance of the show is Bhavani dance where a woman dances with earthen pots on her head. This performance can be considered as the most difficult one because the performer starts to dances with two pots and increases the pots one by one up to 13 pots on her head. also she performs various acts including standing on broken glass.

All the artists work very hard, to give their best performance, which is worth admiring.

 

Entry fee for Visiting Bagore ki Haveli

The minimum ticket price for visiting the Bagore ki Haveli Museum is Rs. 30 for Children(India) aged between 5 to 12 years and Rs. 60 for Adults (India), while the minimum Entry fee for foreigners is Rs. 50 for Children and Rs. 100 for  Adults and if you wanna click some beautiful shots then you have to pay extra  Rs. 50 for using Cameras.

Similarly, For the Dharohar Dance show, the tickets are priced at Rs. 45 for Children(India) and Rs. 90 for Adults(India). For foreigners, the ticket fee is  Rs. 75 for Children and Rs. 150 for Adults and for using Cameras extra cost of Rs. 150 will be charged. 

 

Timings for Visiting  Bagore ki Haveli

The timings for visiting the Bagore ki Haveli Museum are from Morning 9:30 to Evening 5:30 pm on all days of the week.

Similarly, The timings for visiting Dharohar Dance Show are from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on all days of the week, and Tickets for the Dance show are available from 6:15 pm.

Timings may vary depending on some special occasions and festivals.

 

Day Timing
Monday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Timings of Bagore ki Haveli

 

Availability of Guides at Bagore ki Haveli

There are Guides available at of Bagore ki Haveli to provide you with a detailed insight of the haveli at a nominal fee. You can easily hire a  guide to know about this royal haveli in detail.

 

Best Time to Visit Bagore ki Haveli

Winter season from October to March can be considered as the perfect time to visit Bagore ki Haveli as the weather is quite pleasant in winter.

It is advisable not to visit the Haveli during the summer season as the temperature here in summer rises to 50°C.

 

How to Reach Bagore ki Haveli

Bagore ki Haveli is located in the Old City of Udaipur which is 1 min (210.0 m) away from the famous Jagdish Temple of Udaipur. You can easily reach and visit this Royal Haveli as is well connected by local City buses, and taxis.

Also, the Haveli is located at a short distance from the Udaipur main airport and Railway station. Maharana Pratap Airport is about  23.3 km away and Udaipur Railway station is about  2.4 km away from Bagore ki Haveli.

Udaipur is a very popular tourist destination, so it is well-connected with other cities of India. There are so many government-operated buses and private buses which connect Udaipur to major cities.

 

Places to Visit Near Bagore ki Haveli

Jagdish Temple :

Jagdish Temple Udaipur-Rajasthan

Jagdish Temple is located just 3 minutes’ walk away from Bagore ki Haveli. It is a large Hindu temple, situated in the middle of the old city of Udaipur.

The Jagdish temple of Udaipur is among the top 100 temples in India and one of the popular tourist attractions of Udaipur city. Earlier, this temple was originally called “Jagannath Rai” but is now called ‘Jagdish temple’.

Lake Pichola :

lake pichola Udaipur

Lake Pichola is located about 1.5 km from Bagore ki Haveli, where you can enjoy the beautiful boat ride in this amazing lake.

 It is one of the most beautiful lakes and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous City of Lakes Udaipur.

 

Image Gallary of Bagore ki Haveli

 

Udaipur is a place that truly represents the spirit of Royal culture and traditions of Mewar and one shouldn’t miss the amazing opportunity to visit Bagore ki Haveli if you are planning to visit the Lake City Udaipur 

Written by Vishal Hiloriya

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