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Bhuj

Bhuj

A desert city with long history of kings and also empires make Bhuj one of the most fascinating as well as unique historical places to see.

The city has a long history of kings and empires - and also hence many historical places to see. The city was left in a state of devastation after the 2001 earthquake and also is still in the recovery phase. Bhuj connects you to a range of civilizations and important events in South Asian history through prehistoric archaeological finds, remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan), places associated with the Mahabharata and Alexander the Great's march into India and tombs, palaces and other buildings from the rule of the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj. The vibrant and dynamic history of the area provides the location a mix of ethnic cultures. In a stroll around Bhuj, you can see the Hall of Mirrors at the Aina Mahal; climb up the bell tower of the Prag Mahal next door; stroll with the fruit and vegetables market; have a popular Kutchi pau bhaji for lunch; check out the 2000-year-old Kshatrapa inscriptions in the Kutch Museum; appreciate the sculptures of Ramayana characters at the Ramakund stepwell; walk around Hamirsar Lake and view kids jumping into it from the lake wall surfaces as the warm mid-day sunlight subsides; and also capture the sundown amongst the chhatardis of the Kutchi royal family in a tranquil area outside the center of town.

Fairs & Festivals

Bhuj is known for its Rann Utsav (festival), which is held every year in February/March. Also known to as the Desert festival, it typically coincides with the Hindu festival of Shivratri. The main attractions of this festival are demo of traditional handicrafts, cultural events as well as tours in and around the city.

Best Time to Visit

As summers in Bhuj tend to be harsh and rains can be torrential, the best time to visit Bhuj is during winters.

How to Reach Bhuj

BY AIR - Bhuj is connected by air with Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The Indian Airlines is on the New Station Road. Indian Airlines and also Jet Airways have every day trips to Mumbai. Traveler aircrafts l and also at the air force base 3 1/2 km north of the city limits.

BY RAIL - 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 boundary; 391 km) or to Gandhidham, which have good rail connections to important towns around this region.

BY ROAD - One can also get state roadways buses as well as private buses. There is great bus solution for Ahmedabad (7-hour trip) and to various other communities in Gujarat as well as Rajasthan. There are regular buses for villages around Bhuj.