Places to Visit in Bhuj

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.

Places to See in Bhuj

Bhuj is known for its palaces, built in the traditional Kutchi style.

Aina Mahal

Aina Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors (Old Palace), surrounded by a small, fortified courtyard built in the 18th century, is located in the old part of the city. It is an important tourist spot and houses a museum within it. The Hall of Mirrors and the Pleasure Pool within this palace are important.

Prag Mahal

Near the Aina Mahal, is the Prag Mahal (New Palace), which was built in the latter half of the 19th century.

The Kuchch Museum

The Kuchch Museum, formerly known as the Ferguson Museum (named after its founder Sir James Ferguson, Governor of Mumbai during the rule of the British), was built in 1877 and has a good collection of artifacts, depicting the history and culture of Bhuj and its surroundings. It is also the oldest Museum in the state of Gujarat.

Other tourist attractions

The Sarad Bagh Palace, the Swaminarayan Temple, Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Kachch (folk museum) are other tourist attractions of this city. The city walls built in 1723 by the local rulers on the hills overlooking the city can be seen from different parts of the city.

Tourist Destinations Near Bhuj

Excursions can be made from Bhuj to the neighboring villages around Bhuj, which offer a cultural fiesta to the traveler. Special permits have to be obtained from local government offices in Bhuj to visit these villages. Some of the important villages near Bhuj are Bhujjodi, which is famous for weaving. Padhar and Dhaneti are famous for traditional Ahir embroidery. Dhamanka is known for block printing. Lilpur is known for its embroidery while the village of Anjar is famous for block printing, tie and dye items and traditional betel nut crackers. Items obtained from these villages make good souvenirs as well as items of daily use. The village of Dholavira is an ancient site associated with the Indus Valley Civilization. Than Monastery (60 km) and the sea resort at Mandvi (60 km southeast) are important places to visit. Anjal Wild Ass Sanctuary and the town of Gandhidham are other places worth visiting near Bhuj.

Last Updated on : 3/09/2013