Photographer's Note

Prag Mahal is one of the main tourist attractions in Bhuj city of the western Indian city of Gujarat. This palace was built in 1879 and it took 10 years for the completion of its construction. It is constructed using sandstone and Italian marble.

Located next door to another palace, Aina Mahal, in the same walled compound, Prag Mahal at first seems slightly out of place at this small city in the far western edge of India, looking more appropriate in Europe instead. But then again, globalization is not a new phenomenon. This is a palace built in the middle of Bhuj, commissioned by King Pragmalji in the 1860s, designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian Gothic style and involving Italian artisans in the construction.

Lovely shades of reddish, brownish and sandstone colors - mixed with sunlight falling on it – creates rather exquisite an ambience. The city still has a small town mentality, waking from slumber a bit late…people lazing in the early morning, soaking up the winter sun...and what better place than in the compound of a Gothic palace?

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