Spend a Day in Bhuj

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The place is full of interesting things to do. With its ancient monuments having survived the nature’s wrath, Bhuj is a perfect blend of rustic, royal and rural

CHHATARDI

Intricately carved cenotaphs of ancients rulers look best in evening light. Scenes of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam were shot here.

carved cenotaphs-bhuj

HAMIRSAR LAKE

If you are lucky you might spot some migratory birds here. I was lucky enough to spot a couple of pelicans

SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE

The temple, mostly built in marble, is bursting with art.

AAINA MAHAL

AAINA MAHAL

As the name suggests, it’s a mirror palace. Stone’s throw away from Pragmahal palace, it’s a well maintained palace with exquisite artefacts.

PRAGMAHAL PALACE
A 19th century palace housing antiques, chandeliers and hunting trophies is a must visit. The dance sequences of Lagaan were shot here. The 45-feet high clock tower here gives a bird’s eye view of Bhuj city.

BHUJIYO HILL

Come here for the ruins of an ancient fort. It overlooks the entire city.

BHUJODI VILLAGE
If you want to see locals making handicrafts and garments in their own home, head to Bhujodi village near Bhuj. Since you can buy directly from the weavers, expect discounted rates.

DID  YOU KNOW

  • Bhuj, formerly sacred to the snake Bhujang, was established by Rao Hamirji in 1510
  • The old city was surrounded by the fort wall which had five major gates
  • Bhuj is home to one of the first Swaminarayan Sampraday temples, built in 1822
  • Bhuj is the headquarters of Kutch District, the largest district in India

10 must-visit spots

If you have the leisure of time on your hands, there are a lot of places you can make a quick trip to and add to your photo album and travel quotient

Circuit 1

Travellers can go from Bhuj to Ahmedabad. From Ahmedabad, they can drive down to Nal Sarovar Bird sanctuary and Little Rann Of Kutch, in that order

Ahmedabad

AHMEDABAD

(334 km from Bhuj):A heritage walk in the ancient ‘pols’ (gated colonies), Jama Masjid and a food trail is must in this vibrant city.

NAL SAROVAR BIRD SANCTUARY

(Sanand, the nearest town, is 309 km from Bhuj):In winter, it’s a birder’s paradise. Thousands of migratory birds flock here. Watching them return home with a setting sun as a backdrop is something you will not forget

LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH  

(Dasada, the nearest town, is 276 km from Bhuj):The geography of Little Rann Of Kutch is completely different from White Rann Of Kutch. The underrated wild ass sanctuary is a must visit.

Wild Ass

LOTHAL 

(85 km from Ahmedabad) :The well-preserved remains of Indus Valley Civilisation is a delight to the eyes and the grey cells.

Circuit 2

Visitors can club Junagarh and Sasan Gir (in that order) to experience a wonderful mix of history, architecture and wildlife

JUNAGARH

(200 km from Bhuj): Fancy a Taj Mahal look-alike in Gujarat? Come to Mahabat Maqbara. It’s a stunning piece of architecture. Junagarh houses many monuments for the discerning travellers. Jamia Masjid, Adi Kadi Vav, Buddhist caves, mausoleums, tombs; you name it, Junagarh has it. Who would have thought!

lion-minSASAN GIR

(400 km from Bhuj and 78 km from Junagarh): The national park created to protect the endangered Asiatic lion attracts a large number of tourists. It’s a must visit for wildlife lovers.

 

OTHER EXCURSIONS

  • MANDVI BEACH
    (60 km from Bhuj): Many taxis and buses will get you there. What makes the beach different is the looming presence of windmills on the shore. One of its kind!
  • DHOLAVIRA
    (218 km from Bhuj): Being one of the major cities of the great Indus Valley Civilisation, it’s a paradise for history enthusiasts. The road is empty and scenic, with salt desert giving you company on either side.
  • LAKHPAT
    (135 km from Bhuj): The walls of 18th century fort surrounds this city. Come here for some history lessons.
  • PORBANDAR
    (377 km from Bhuj): Kirti mandir (Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace) is of course the main attraction here. The sanctuaries and beaches nearby also vie for attention.

 

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