200+ years old Haveli (mansion), 100+ rooms & numerous colorful, glass jharokhas – that’s Bagore ki Haveli for you. Situated by Gangaur Ghat in the vicinity of Pichola Lake, the Haveli offers a travel, back in time when ‘art’ was exclusive & ‘culture’ was revered. The silent corridors, airy balconies & open terrace, tell tales of a bygone royal era. The decorated artefacts collected over decades, screams out the mysteries & horror of a century that’s mostly remembered in History books for its gory battles & royal wars. The Haveli also houses a seemingly aloof courtyard whose only companion is a tall Neem tree. Their friendship must be exquisite which is why they celebrate it every day with lights, colors & music & address them by ‘Neem Chowk’.
Neem Chowk comes to life at 7 pm every day when a group of extremely talented artists, donned in colorful Rajasthani attire, dance & sing to the tunes of tabla (Indian Drum) & Harmonium (Indian Piano), for 60 mins but win your hearts for a lifetime.
Lights! Colors! Action!
The show starts at 7 pm with a bang when they pay ‘Thanks’ to Goddess Amba & present a drama-cum-dance show signifying the win of good over bad. And the magic begins after that with ladies showcasing various folk dances of Rajasthan that are the attractive & entertaining versions of ‘Yoga’.
While some are the signature ‘Ghoomar’ moves, others are more tribal & community specific. You don’t want to blink even for a second when they present Chari Dance, Terha Taal Dance & Gorbandh Dance. I will not divulge details of what do they mean for you will enjoy the most when you will watch them yourselves. Just know – that you are in for an evening with dance performances where props are ignited brass pots, manjiras (bells), swords & bare, naked glass.
- Commute: If you are visiting Udaipur Palace too, Bagore ki Haveli is at a walkable distance from the back gate of the palace. You may also take an auto/ taxi from your hotel.
- Must-have’s: Forget the camera, carry a mosquito repellant for sure. Mosquitoes seem thirsty for human blood & will not think twice before feasting on your blood.
- Show timings: 7 pm to 8 pm
- Language: English & Hindi both
- Ticket Price: INR 50 per person (last I visited in April 2015)
- Selfie Tip: The best ones come alongside the artists. 🙂