About 200 feet to the west of Anand Mahal stands the Gagan Mahal said to have been built in about 1561 A.D. For many years it served the two-fold purpose of a royal residence and durbar hall until the Sat Mazali and surrounding block of buildings were completed. It is thought to be touching the sky (gagan). The main building is now roofless and is nothing but a vast empty shell of masonry. It was here that the noble queen Chand Bibi sat for many years at the helm of the State. The main architectural feature of this palace is its great central arch which has a span of 60 feet 9 inches.