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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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Subhajit Guha neogi

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

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Kutch - Beyond your imagination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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Arif Khoja

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"Awesome place to go especially in winter"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
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"A place to have fun"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Devyaniu

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"Perfect starry night out and an amazing destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Suresh Ramaswamy

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"Very interesting experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015
Bhuj is part of the Kutch area of western Gujarat. It has its own identity and a special exotic charm. Try the Kutchi food especially at the Viram restaurant. The Seven Sky Hotel close to the airport is an excellent place to stay. Sprawling property with well furnished and comfortable rooms and cottages, good restaurant, good food and reasonably good service. The main attraction is the Rann of Kutch or the White desert which is about 90 kms from Bhuj. The road is excellent and it takes about 1 hr 45 mts by a private vehicle. Try to go in the evening and reach about an hour before sunset. Hope for clear skies. The sunset is beautiful on a clear day. Walk around the white ground. Some permissions are required to be taken to gain acess to the area. The famous Rann Utsavl is held here. Within Bhuj the Swaminarayan temple is the best attraction to visit whether one is a believer or not. The Kutch museum is interesting. Overall, Bhuj is a very interesting place to visit.
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Rani Shah

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  • Rani Shah
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"A good destination"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2015
Having heard so much about Rann Utsav I really wanted to go there. So luckily went in December for work and ended up clubbing work with leisure. Frankly was not that impressed. White rann of kutch is a must visit. The view is just spectacular. In Summer it can get quiet hot.
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Nishith

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"Kutch Nahi Dekha to Kuchh Nahi Dekha !!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2015
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

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"Historical BHUJ"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2015
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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"Hire a bike to explore Real White rann"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2015
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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