Bhuj is the capital of the Kutch province known for its congregation of textile weavers and designers. The now deserted palace buildings of the Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal, have an eerie beauty unlike any other.

Bhuj is a perfect base for visiting villages in Kutch where the tribal people turn out exquisite hand-loomed woolen and cotton clothes decorated with dye or embroidery.

What to see

  1. Dadavadi Jain;
  2. Khengar Park & Hamirsar Lake;
  3. Mohammed Pannah Mosque
  4. Paragmahal;
  5. Rao lakhpatji Chhatris;
  6. Swami Narayan Temple.

Museums 1. Katchch Museum: (Timings: 0900 hrs - 1200 hrs & 1500 hrs (closed on Wednesday and Government holidays).

  1. Aina Mahal: The Mahal: (Timings: 0900 hrs - 1200 hrs & 1500 hrs - 1800 hrs (Closed on Saturday).

Getting There

Air: Bhuj is connected by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways with Mumbai.

Rail: Bhuj is a railway station on the metre gauge line of the western railway directly connected with Gandhidham and Kandla.

Road: Bhuj is connected by road with Ahmedebed 402 Km, Bjhavnagar 391 Km, Gandhidham 54 Km, Jamnagar 313 Km, Junagadh 324 Km, Mehsana 314 Km, Mumbai 888 Km, Palanpur 351 Km, Rajkot 226 Km, Vadodare 419 Km.

General information

Altitude: 98.31 Metres. Temperature: Summer - Max: 40 Deg.C Min: 28 Deg.C Winter - Max: 28 Deg.C. Min: 14 Deg.C Best Season: November to March. STD Code: 02832

Excursions

  1. Pumeshwar (35 Km); A 9th 10th century temple with fine sculptures on display.

  2. Anjar (41 Km): An important commercials centre and venue of many popular fairs.

  3. Gandhidham (54 Km): The township set up to accommodate refugees in the wake of the partition of India.

  4. Mandvi (61 Km): Founded in 1581 AD it has a fortification with 25 bastions. Mandvi is also well known for its beach and the imposing Vijayvilas Palace built in 1935.

  5. Banni (65 Km): It is famous for it’s small villages which are a great storehouse of rich textiles and handicrafts, especially embroideries, block printed fabric, leather foot ware, wood carvings and pottery manufactured by local people.

  6. Kandla (68 Km): It is one of India’s six major ports and a free trade zone.

  7. Bhadreshwar (75 Km): Bhadreshwar is the site of the ancient Bhadravati Nagri mentioned in the Mahabharata. The remains of a large step well, a Shiva temple and an old Jain temple are among the ancient relics that can be seen here.

  8. Flamingo City (80 Km to Khavda): Flamingoes breed in the interior of the great Runn of Katchch, their breeding colony being known as ‘Flamingo City’. To reach Flamingo City one has to travel upto Khavda from Bhuj (80 Km) by road and then further journey on camel back for about five to six hours. Necessary clearance from the Border Security Force is required for a visit, which is given by the District Collector of Katchch at Bhuj.

  9. Narayan Serovar (154 Km): The temple at Narayan Sarovar of houses the shrine of Trikamaiji. The lake Itself is considered to be one of the five holy lakes mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures. 2 Km from Narayan Sarovar is the famous Mahadev Temple of Koteshwar which is mentioned in the Puranas.

  10. Narayan Sarovar Chinkara Sanctuary (170 Km): Spread over an area of 765 sq. km, the sanctuary’s main attractions are the Chinkara, Indian wolf, Desert monitor Black Patridge, and Flamingo. One can also see the Blue bull, Wolves, Jackals, Wild boar and Birds.

  11. Runn of Katchch is worth seeing not only for the Flamingoes but also the local people who have preserved their customs and traditions through the ages, who express themselves artistically in the form of handicrafts and beautifully designed day to day objects. The Runn of Katchch is divided into the little Rann of Katchch and the great Runn of Katchch and the area which forms a centre point between the two is approximately 195 Km from Bhuj.

  12. Anjal Wild Ass Sanctuary (195 Km): Situated between Surendranagar & Katchch district this sanctuary covering an area of 5000 Sq. Km is the home of the Indian Wild Ass. One can also see other species of wild life such as Panther, Black buck, Blue bull, Wolves , Jackals, Wild boar and birds.

  13. Dhola Veera (260 Km): The Archaeological excavations here have revealed an Indus valley civilization site. It is one of the oldest and largest Indus sites in India.