Bhuj is an ideal starting point to visit the Rann of Kutch, the natural reserve. Although hit by a massive earthquake in 1991 and devastating the region, Bhuj has regained considerably and is still on the tourist's itinerary. The history of Bhuj shows that it was an independent princely state till it was integrated into the Indian Union in 1947.
A local ruler Maharao Hamir founded the city of Bhuj in 1510. In 1549 Rao Khengarji I, another local ruler, made Bhuj his capital.
It remained an independent princely state during the rule of the British in India and became a part of India, when it gained independence in 1947.
How to Reach Bhuj
The old, walled city of Bhuj is the most important town in Kutch and also the district headquarters. Bhuj is accessibly by air, rail or road.
Bhuj is connected by air with Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The Indian Airlines is on the New Station Road. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways have daily flights to Mumbai. Passenger aircrafts l and at the air force base 3½ km north of the city limits.
Bhuj railway station is 1 km north of the city. A few trains pass through Bhuj and one has to go either to Palanpur (near Rajasthan border; 391 km) or to Gandhidham, which have good rail connections to important towns around this region.
One can also get state roadways buses as well as private buses. There is good bus service for Ahmedabad (7-hour trip) and to other towns in Gujarat and Rajasthan. There are regular buses for villages around Bhuj.
Shopping in Bhuj
Places to See in Bhuj
- Aina Mahal
- Prag Mahal
- The Kuchch Museum
Last Updated on : 06/09/2013