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  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Kachchh
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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Roli Bajpai

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  • Roli Bajpai
  • Lives in Unnao
  • 3 Reviews
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"Awesome Bhuj trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
I visited Bhuj this year in the month of January. It was very pleasant weather there. It was four day trip. Anyone planning to visit Bhuj winter is the right time to go there. I visited Dholavira, koteshwar, Narayan Sarovar, lakhpat, Mandvi there. If anyone visiting that place, I can give information.
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Vikas Saraff

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  • Vikas Saraff
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Destination was awesome"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
It was nice to be in Bhuj one of the finest city of handicraft as well as visiting Rann of Kutch was very interesting the view are awesome Bhuj city is full of palaces for visit the famous surrounding Mandvi beach was too good the evening time spent their cannot be describe.
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Aditya Pancholi

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  • Aditya Pancholi
  • Lives in Indore
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"Bhuj- white desert"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 11, 2016
It was awesome time, when I was spending my holiday in Bhuj. It is famous for white desert, white desert is formed here by the settlement of salt. A 3 month festival is also celebrated here as Rann Utsav, you can stay in tent city, you should come in full moon night to see eye catching beauty of white desert. You can enjoy camel safari also. Many tourist and high profile VIP go there.
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Arti Verma

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  • Arti Verma
  • Lives in Jamnagar
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"Historical place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2015
1. Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuj -Beautiful architecture and peaceful place. It is almost similar to other Swaminarayan Temples, vast, neat and clean, well-maintained surrounding area. Inside the premise there are few shops providing books and other things are systematic and very punctual regarding timing. Definitely there is feeling of peace when you are in the temple.

2. Aina mahal -If you are tourist in Bhuj, then go to this place. People who are interested in historical things would like this, as it is well-maintained attraction. Although, the surrounding area is a bit congested and parking area is also not enough in weekend days. But one hour is enough for this place and one can manage this easily.

3. Prag Mahal Palace- Next door to the Aina Mahal, there is Prag Mahal. Badly affected by Gujarat earthquake in 2001, but worth to see. The clock and tower is amazing, if you have some patience then must go up to the top of the tower and enjoy the whole view of Bhuj. The inner halls of the Palace will provide some historical items.
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Urvesh Bhatt

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  • Urvesh Bhatt
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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Life time Moments captured"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 9, 2015
Our over all experience was very good as we had explored many rural villages & local foods. The hotels which we has selected was very good & it was well connected by transport facilities. The local food was really finger licking & people are very help. There are many place for sightseeing in Kutch. If you have enough days you can visit all of them.
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Subhajit Guha neogi

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  • Subhajit Guha neogi
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Untamed serene beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 12, 2015
This is a must see place in Gujarat. If a traveller wants to see untamed serene beauty, this a place to visit. It is connected with beautiful roads which makes the journey enjoyable. Rann of Kutch is just a few kilometers away from this venue, at night you will feel that you are on the moon. Please make your trip a memorable one.
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Leena Potnis

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  • Leena Potnis
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Kutch - Beyond your imagination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 5, 2015
Bhuj and its nearby places have lot of story to tell you. Kutch is only place in India or may be asia which has 3 different borders i. E surrounded by different boundaries to safeguard its people.

First border is the white rann which is desert border, second one is kalo dungar ie mountain border & third one is water border which is just 30 km from Karachi.

Each places have its own story to tell & you will get lost in its rich culture and heritage. People who are adventurous like me should not miss out on seeing 3 different borders and not to miss out Lakhpat. Lakhpat is last village before the border with less habitats. Do not miss to see the border from this place.

Get down at Bhuj and see all places you will need almost 3 days to see all the places.

Do not miss Kutch, "Kutch nahi dekha to kya dekha".

Travel by train that most safe and comfortable journey. Carry with you sunglasses, woolen during winter time.
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"Awesome place to go especially in winter"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 11, 2015
This place is really awesome. Its pleasant to visit that beautiful place. Its recommended to go there in winter or rainy season, as you wont be happy with the extreme heat. Deserted all over, don't forget to go to hill garden and vijaya vilas palace. Really awesome place and you will definitely love it.
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Jayesh Mav

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  • Jayesh Mav
  • Lives in Bhuj
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"A place to have fun"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 27, 2015
This is the good place to enjoy. There are so many attraction around. White desert is a must see. Mostly desert are sandle color but these desert is white in colour. Nice place to visit.
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Devyani Parle

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  • Lives in Pune
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"Perfect starry night out and an amazing destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2015
White Rann, a must visit place. This is such a unique experience because of the naive and simple nature. Best time to visit: December to March (during Rann Utsav).

We went there on Full Moon Night. Please do the bookings well in advance in case you are targeting to be there for Full Moon Night.

This is not at all a place for foodies as you will not get the delicacies once you have entered the Rann area. If you like serenity and appreciate beauty of nature, this is one of the places you will remember forever. A walk for couple of hours is what you need.

Rann is 65 km away from Bhuj. Bhuj also has other attractions like Kala Dungar and palace. Both of which are no where compared to the Great White Rann. Near about Rann there are many small villages where you will be able to buy local products. These consist of jewellery, blankets and bedsheets, all handmade. At Bhuj you can have Gujarati delicacies like Jalebi, fafda, etc.

After the visit to Rann, you can probably stop by at Mandavi beach for a day or so. It's a simple beach. The market here is really good. Ladies, up for some shopping of Bandhej here.

Some tips: Book the hotel that is the closest to Rann. Bargain with the taxi drivers if you are opting for a taxi ride from Bhuj to Rann. We booked a taxi for 2 days, including drop to Mandavi and all the sightseeing of Bhuj and Rann in 5000 INR.
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