Bagore ki Haveli - One of the Oldest & Biggest Havelis around Lake Pichola with a museum & heritage of Mewar’s aristocratic culture in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Rajasthan will be on the top if we start looking at states of India, which have cracked the formula of tourist delight by creating business/employment opportunities. It always impresses me how different places in Rajasthan have developed various tourism activities which are not so common in other states. Rajasthan certainly has an advantage of great heritage which is specially liked by tourists visiting India from different parts of the world. Udaipur is one of the top tourist places in Rajasthan state of India and hence Udaipur city has so many things to explore. Some of them are developed by royal family of Udaipur, tourism departments of Rajasthan but many are also created by local ecosystem & group of entrepreneurs who are good at identifying opportunities or creating experiences which are worth exploring. Are you wondering why I am talking so generically while this blogpost is about Bagore Ki Haveli. I feel that this place is also developed with similar intent to create something for visitors who come to Udaipur to understand rich culture of Rajasthan and it's heritage. This blogpost will share more about Bagore ki Haveli and why this is a place which offers diverse experiences for tourists visiting Udaipur.

Rajasthan will be on the top if we start looking at states of India, which have cracked the formula of tourist delight by creating business/employment opportunities. It always impresses me how different places in Rajasthan have developed various tourism activities which are not so common in other states. Rajasthan certainly has an advantage of great heritage which is specially liked by tourists visiting India from different parts of the world. Udaipur is one of the top tourist places in Rajasthan state of India and hence Udaipur city has so many things to explore. Some of them are developed by royal family of Udaipur, tourism departments of Rajasthan but many are also created by local ecosystem & group of entrepreneurs who are good at identifying opportunities or creating experiences which are worth exploring. Are you wondering why I am talking so generically while this blogpost is about Bagore Ki Haveli. I feel that this place is also developed with similar intent to create something for visitors who come to Udaipur to understand rich culture of Rajasthan and it's heritage. This blogpost will share more about Bagore ki Haveli and why this is a place which offers diverse experiences for tourists visiting Udaipur.  


Above photograph shows the huge gate built around Gangor ghat of Lake Pichola in Udaipur and on the left of it is entry gate of Bagore ki Haveli. The photograph below shows the entry gate of Bagore ki Haveli and the museum inside it. 


Related Blogpost - Great example of Rajput Architecture & Ruins of Rana Kumbha Palace inside unique UNESCO World Heritage site and India's largest fort in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan  Bagore ki Haveli is at a walking distance from one of the main places to explore in Udaipur - City Palace, Jagdish Temple, and Lake Pichola.   Related Blogpost - Sky scraping Jagdish Temple - A beautiful architectural wonder of Mewar Dynasty and a significant landmark inside Udaipur City of Rajasthan  This is one of the biggest havelis in Udaipur. This part around Lake Pichola has lot of Havelis and many of them have been converted into hotels. Bagore ki Haveli is managed by West Zone Cultural Center now and it's good to see it in current shape.


Bagore ki Haveli is at a walking distance from one of the main places to explore in Udaipur - City Palace, Jagdish Temple, and Lake Pichola. 


This is one of the biggest havelis in Udaipur. This part around Lake Pichola has lot of Havelis and many of them have been converted into hotels. Bagore ki Haveli is managed by West Zone Cultural Center now and it's good to see it in current shape. 


Today Bagore is Haveli is a museum of Mewar’s aristocratic culture. To provide the same royal look, experts and members of the Royal family were consulted by West Zone Cultural center for developing this haveli as a museum. The Haveli was restored using lakhori bricks and lime mortar. Lot of efforts went into preserving old windows, doors, frescos etc inside Bagore ki Haveli. All that is certainly not easy and demands strong determination. 


Bagore ki Haveli has 130+ rooms, lot of  corridors/balconies, courtyards and terraces. The interiors of the Haveli has intricate and fine mirror work. While strolling inside the Bagore ki Haveli, you can also see the private quarters of the royal ladies, their bath rooms, dressing rooms, bed rooms, living rooms, worship rooms and recreation rooms. Although you enjoy all that more in City Palace of Udaipur. 


The Chambers of the Royal Ladies still bear fine frescoes of the Mewari style and there are glorious coloured-glass windows in some of the rooms as well as two peacocks made with coloured glass mosaics.


Unique symbols of the Rajput clan, such as jewellery boxes, dice-games, hukkas, pan boxes, nut crackers, hand fans, rose water sprinklers, copper vessels and other items are also on display at Bagore ki Haveli. Since it's not as big as City Palace and not so crowded, you can enjoy these at peace. Although the place gets quite busy in tourist season.


In the evening, Bagore ki haveli lightens and stages enjoyable performance of traditional dance and music of Rajasthan. The haveli looks marvelous with glowing lights in the night. Bagore Ki Haveli is a good place to explore the ancient architecture and life style of the royal family. It's ok if you skip museum and day tour of Bagore ki Haveli. Evening cultural show is something which can be enjoyed at Bagore ki Haveli, like puppet show etc. When we visited evening show was not happening because of COVID-19 pandemic. 


Next time, when we are in Udaipur we will certainly try to visit Bagore ki Haveli for evening shows. 

Entry Fees for Bagore ki Haveli :

- Rs. 60 for Indian Adults 
- Rs. 30 for Indian Children aged between 5 to 12 years. 

The Entry fee for Foreigners :
- Rs. 100 for Adults
- Rs. 50 for Children. 

- Cameras are charged at Rs. 50.

Ticket price for Dharohar Dance show at Bagore ki Haveli : 

- Rs. 90 for Indian Adults
- Rs. 45 for Indian Children. 

For foreigners : 
- Rs. 150 for Adults 
- Rs. 75 for Children. 

- Cameras are charged at Rs. 150.


Timings of Baglore ki Haveli, Udaipur :

9:30 am to 5:30 pm on all days of the week.

The Dharohar Dance Show Timings :

- 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on all days of the week. 
( Tickets for the Dance show are available from 6:15 pm.)


Key Sections of Bagore ki Haveli to explore :

- Dharohar Dance performance in the evening
- Puppet Museum at Bagore ki Haveli
- Haveli museum
- The Turban section at Bagore ki Haveli
- Weapons section at Bagore ki Haveli
- The Wedding section at Bagore ki Haveli


If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling - 

1. Manage your waste well and don’t litter Use dustbins.
2. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin. 
3. Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem. 
4. Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits. 
5. Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite.

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