Prag Mahal is named after Rao Pragmalji II, who commissioned it and construction began in 1865. It was designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian Gothic style,and many Italian artisans were involved in its construction. The palace artisans' wages were paid in gold coins. Construction of the palace, which ultimately cost 3.1 million rupees, was completed in 1879 during the regency of Khengarji III (Pragmalji II's son) following Pragmalji II's death in 1875.The local Kutchi builder community (Mistris of Kutch) were also involved in construction of Prag Mahal along with Colonel Wilkins.
The palace is made of Italian marble and sandstone from Rajasthan.
The main hall, filled with decaying taxidermy.
Durbar hall, with broken chandeliers and classical statues.
Jali work depicting European plants and animals.
It has 45 foot high tower with a clock, from where you can see the entire Bhuj city.
There is also a small temple in the courtyard behind the palace with nicely carved stonework.
Scenes from the Bollywood blockbusters Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Lagaan, as well as a number of Gujarati films, were shot in the palace.