Bhuj Tourism

Bhuj Tourism

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  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Bhuj is a city situated in the Kachchh district of Gujarat. It is a municipality town as well as the district headquarters of Kachchh. The city is famous for its Hindu temples, palaces and wooden pavilions. The houses of Bhuj are decorated with mud and mirrors on both the interiors and exteriors.

Bhuj is also home to the oldest museum of Gujarat. It is also distinguished for its handicraft and embroidery. The bandhani and batik textiles along with silk embroidery on leather are the specialities of the place. It is also known for its enamel work done on gold and silver jewellery, seashell toys, lacquered wood and metal bells.

The name of the city is derived from the name of the Bhujia Fortress, which is present at a nearby hill and provides a complete view of the city. The history of Bhuj belongs to the period of Naga Chieftain. Its history has experienced the social upcoming of the Indus Valley Civilization along with the exile period of Pandavas and political invasion of Alexander the Great.

A local ruler Maharoa Hamir founded this city in 1510. It was declared the capital in 1549 during the rule of Rao Khengarji I. During the British rule, the city was an independent part of the Princely States and after independence, it became a part of India.

The Kachchh Festival held in Bhuj depicts the cultural heritage of the city and is a major tourist attraction. The festival is celebrated from 29th February to 5th March every year. This festival is held during Shivaratri in honour of Lord Shiva. It includes a display of lyrical ballads to the accompaniment of full-throated music with songs of the desert.

The land of Bhuj also has many historic monuments and structures like the Aina Mahal, Kachchh Museum, Bhartiya Sanskruti Darshan, Prag Mahal, Kakkad Bhit Yaksha, and Swaminarayan Temple.

The Aina Mahal is the hall of mirrors and was built in the 18th century. The wall of this mahal is made of white marble, which are decorated with mirrors and gilded ornaments and the whole area is surrounded by a series of fountains. The Kachchh Museum, initially called the Fergusson Museum after Sir James Fergusson, its founder, is the oldest museum of Gujarat and was established in 1877.

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Bhuj Traveller Reviews

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  • Nishith
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 10 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Kutch Nahi Dekha to Kuchh Nahi Dekha !!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This time in January 2015, I visited Bhuj specially for Makarsankranti and White Dessert

Apart from White Dessert this time I also got chance to visit Prag Mahal and Aaina Mahal. 2001 Earthquake has almost destroyed Prag Mahal and Aaina Mahal and was closed for some time. But now they have reconstructed it ; it's open for public now. These are the must visit places of Bhuj if you are interested in heritage sites.

If you are food-o-holic , don't forget to try Dabeli of Binharif or Mandvi at Bus Station. You should also try Kadak which is another variant of Dabeli but little different. Apart from traditional Dabeli; in Bhuj you can also get Bhel Dabeli !!

During Winter there are lot of migrate birds you can see in Hamirsar Lake. This is lake is heart of the city. If you are Bird watcher, plan to visit Hamirsar during early morning or during sunset you will see some amazing moments !!

If you are planning to Stay for couple of days, include following near by destinations in your journey

Mandavi - Beach
Koteshwar & Narayan Sarovar
Kalo Dungar (on the way of White Dessert)
Mata No Madh.

You will definitely have feeling "Kutch Nahi Dekha to Kucch Nahi Dekha" after visiting all above places..
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Bhavesh Shah
  • Bhavesh Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 9 Reviews

"Historical BHUJ" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Bhuj is a city with many historical monuments and temples. Also the city is still pretty much like an ancient village look. Almost complete Kutch can be toured while staying in bhuj. One day you can do the Rann Utsav, Border at Bhediya bhet and the Black Hill where we did spot jackals.

Second day from Bhuj we went to ratadiya my native goddess place " Dadal Maata". From here the third day i went to Mata no madh, Haji peer, Narayan Sarovar and finally to Koteshwar. Fourth Day we visited beautiful Mandvi. The ancient indian port and shipbuilding industry. The Vijay Vilas Palace was awesome. Mandvi beach and mandvi market was superb. One must not forget to eat mouth smacking dabelis. Fifth day from ratadiya we left and visited Bhadreshwar, Gundala and finally reached gandhidham.
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Deepak Naik
  • Deepak Naik
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews

"Hire a bike to explore Real White rann"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
As all the taxis were booked on the new year eve we were forced to find some other options to reach White rann and trust me it was a wise decision to choose bike over a cab. We hired a bike from MX autos near Bhuj bus stand ( you may have to walk little front once you cross the bus stand to find this shop). Riding through the desert was a lifetime experience. We covered Kala dungar first and reached White rann for the sunset. Its always advisable to visit Rann in the sunset else there is no fun :) Next day we explored Mandvi in bike. Just hire a bike and explore Kutch :) happy riding.
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Rajarshi kumar Yadav
  • Rajarshi kumar Yadav
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 1 Review

"The best city"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 4, 2014
Bhuj is one of the best city in india for its natural atmosphere and peace. It having awesome weather at evening and panipuri was very delicious nearby, places for sightseeing is Mandvi which is around 50 km from bhuj and is a awesome beach.
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D.r. Solanki
  • D.r. Solanki
  • Cityslicker
  • 13 Reviews

"Wonderful city in Gujarat"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Jul 1, 2014
This small and quiet town in Kutch calls for a relaxed vacation amidst ancient temples, wildlife sanctuaries and lofty hills. Bhuj is known for its grand temples, an interesting mix of flora and fauna, serene ambiance, beautiful lakes and hills and exquisite monuments. You will enjoy visiting the Kutch Desert Sanctuary, the Swami Narayan Sampradey Temple, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary and Hamirsar. The Prag Mahal, with its unique architecture, is a major draw for tourists.
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Sanjay  Mohapatra
  • Sanjay Mohapatra
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"As bhuj destination its quite..."

  • Posted Jun 24, 2013
As bhuj destination its quite superb for time spent. From bhuj you may visit Manvi beach & Sismahal also. You may visit the King palace wich is near by Bhuj. Overall its very enjoyble destination for visitors on September to March.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: So many Restaurants near by Bhuj city where you can enjoy Gujrati Thali.

Activities & things to do: Enjoy The Mandvi beach.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Ahmedabad Its approx 10 hrs journey. you can travel by either train or bus.
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Vineeth  Nair
  • Vineeth Nair
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Rannutsavv 2012"

  • Posted Apr 3, 2013
Was not to the expected mark. Would not like to go again and visit Bhuj. Nothing special in terms of Sight seeing.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is average. Favourite restaurant Noorani in Bhuj Market. Shopping is too costly.

Activities & things to do: just eat roam around and enjoy.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is best to reach by train and then book a cab accordingly.
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Gora Koley
  • Gora Koley
  • Heritage seeker
  • 3 Reviews

"Visit to white desert"

  • Posted Feb 20, 2013
From Bhuj you can go many places such as Great Runn of Kutch ( White desert), Lakhpat, Sir Crrek, Koteshwar (Last most western point of India), Mandavi sea beach and Bhuj King Palace. Good place to stay and enjoy for 3 days

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is mostly vegetarian. But you can get non veg food in selected hotels in Bhuj. No alcohol in Gujarat including Bhuj.

Activities & things to do: You can also go to Narayan Sarovar and Ashapurna Devi mandir while going to Lakhpat.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To reach Bhuj from Mumbai there is Mumbai- Bhuj flight. You can come from Mumbai to Bhuj via train also. For Delhi or people from north or east, best way to come to Ahmedabad and then go via rail or road. It is better to go during winter. Summer is quite hot.
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Sarmistha  Som
  • Sarmistha Som
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful Bhuj"

  • Posted Feb 9, 2013
The seat of Indian handicrafts and textiles, prints and wonderful, charming, friendly people add to the charm of the place. It is difficult to believe that Bhuj suffered from a devastating earthquake not so long ago. The town has many hotels to fit every budget. It is a quaint little town within motor-able distance from many destinations.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The yummy Gujrati thaali.

Activities & things to do: Visiting the villages around for wonderful handicrafts and textiles

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Visit only in winters because the temperatures can be very very high
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Mihir Shah
  • Mihir Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Splendid place to explore Kutchh"

  • Posted Jan 24, 2013
It was one of the best vacations I had as we got the comforts of Urban stay while in Bhuj but at the same time explored whole of Kutchh including Dholavira.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: A little problem as far as food is concerned. I would advise to carry good stock of your favorite food. Best restaurant is Sham-E-Sarhad which serves country type food and have local decor.

Activities & things to do: Going to the Ranotsav camp is a must along with Kalo Dungar, White Desert and Border.
Sight seeing in Bhuj may be a bit boring but still not worth omitting.
Whole of Kutchh is very good shopping destination for handicraft lovers.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: In-spite of being very remote one should not miss visit to Dholaveera.
While going from Ahmedabad you can first visit Dholaveera and reach Bhuj by night if you have started as early as 5.00 in the morning.
You might happen to watch big colonies of Flamingos on the way.
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