Bhuj is a city in Gujarat. This place is mostly associated with Indus Valley Civilization, Alexander the Great, Mahabharata. In the Kutch region this is the most important city. Earthquake occurred in 2001 has destroyed several historical places in Bhuj. City is named after Bhujiyo Dungar Hillock which is located 3 kms from the city centre. On the Bhujiyo Dungar hill, Bhujiya Fort is located. Bhuj is wide spread around this hill.
Bhuj was established in 1510 by Rao Hamirji. Several temples and houses can be seen Gujarati style. Kutch festival is most famous festival in this region. This celebrates for 6 days during February or March. Lord Shiva is worshipped during this festival season. For the shopping lovers best things to purchase in this place are seashell toys, lacquered wood, metal bells, Silver Jewellery, gold Jewellery. Specialities of this region are silk embroidery, batik textiles, Bandhani Textiles on leather.
What to see in Bhuj:
Hamirsar Lake: This is considered as best place to visit during holidays. It is located at the heart of the city.
Aaina Mahal: After 2001 earthquake this was restored. This is the Palace of Mirrors. It is used as exhibition hall by the handicraft people to display their handicraft items.
Prag Mahal: Gothic Style can be found on this Mahal. It was constructed by Maharao Pragmalji. Visiting hours of this Mahal is between 10 AM to 6 PM.
Swaminarayan Temple: It was built with Marble stone. This temple is also known as breathtaking temple. Best architecture of Kutch rulers can be seen here.
Kutch Museum: This is dedicated to Kshatrap. Kutch Script can be seen here. It was built in 1877. Kutch museum was considered as old desert museum in Gujarat.
What to see around Bhuj:
Kutch: World’s largest salt desert Rann of Kutch is located in this place. Area covered by this desert is 16000 Sq.kms. It is located 72 kms away from Bhuj.
Kutch great Indian bustard Sanctuary: This is the best place for the natural lovers. This is located 2 kms away from Kutch. Major attractions of this place are Nilgai, Jungle cats, Chinkaras, Connoisseurs. Most attractive migration bird is Florican Bustards.
Getting to Bhuj: Bhuj is well connected with Road, Rail and Airways. Airport is located 7 kms away from the city. It is connected to Mumbai. From major cities like Mumbai and Delhi and from different parts of Gujarat, Bhuj is having bus and train facility.
Getting around Bhuj: Local name for auto rickshaws is Tuk Tuk. Autos, Taxis are available to reach the surroundings areas of Bhuj.
Best time to visit Bhuj: Few Visitors like to visit this place during the winter season. Best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Bhuj: Plenty of affordable and midrange hotels are available near Bhuj. Few guest houses are also located here. But Luxury hotels are not available in Bhuj. Best hotels in Bhuj are Hotel KBN, Hotel Prince, Gangaram Hotel, Hotel Seven sky.
Where to eat in Bhuj: Almost all the restaurants serve only vegetarian food. Very few restaurants serve non vegetarian.