It has always been crystal clear to me that I was meant to live in a palace, so visiting Aina Mahal was like coming home. The building pulls at your heartstrings from the moment you get off your car. The royal building was the unfortunate victim of the 2001 Bhuj earthquake, but the Indian government has generously renovated it. The new building lacks the allure of the ancient architecture, but there is something about the towering walls standing tall against an indigo sky that is very welcoming.
But it is the old building that hides the majestic lifestyle of the ancient Indian royalty. The The room are filled with lanterns shedding light on gilded mirrors that dazzle you. Each lantern is of a different colour and has something to add to the royal court.
It isn’t just the mirrors that sweep you off your feet. Instead of wood or concrete the outer wall is made of coloured glass. You can almost hear the filtered sunlight singing that it wants to play with the lanterns and the mirrors. It wants to make the shadows dance too. Is there anything that could stop you from entering this door?
There are some places that make you want to stay forever, but if we stayed in one place we would never see all those other magnificent sights waiting to take our breath away. With a heavy heart I say good-bye to the Aina Mahal and the pigeons guarding their bell tower possessively.
Someday, my friend, it would be awesome to meet again 🙂