Bhuj is an important city that is located in the Kutchh district of the state of Gujarat. The city has many interesting buildings and sites and it is a good place to visit. The city was established in the year 1510 and has a significant history as well. There are a few temples that one can see in and around the place and the most important temple is the Swami Narayan Sampradey Temple. This was built in the year 1822 and it is the first of many Sampradey temples. There are many sanctuaries and wildlife centers that are located in nearby areas and these are interesting places to visit as day trips. Some of the main sanctuaries are the Kutchh Desert Sanctuary, Chari Dandh Wetland Conservations Center, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary and a few more are located near the city of Bhuj. The Prag Mahal is also one of the main attractions in the place and the building has a unique style of architecture. There is a hill that is located nearby as well. Hamirsar Lake is one of the main lakes in the area and there are few others in and around the place. The remains of an old fort wall can be seen today, however most of it has been destroyed through time.
Category : Historical
Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 Hours
STD Code: 2832
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Best Time to Visit: Oct – Mar
Bhuj, a flourishing walled city is the most important town in the Kutch area. Bhuj was the capital of the former native state of Kutch and now it is the head quarters of the Kutch district. The main tourist attractions in Bhuj are the Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal and Cenotaph Complex. Aina Mahal was constructed by Rao Lakhpatji in 1750 AD. Aina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence. The Kutch Museum, formerly known as the Fergusson Museum, was established by the Maharao Khengarji III in 1877 AD. It is the oldest museum in Gujarat. This museum is constructed in the Italian style, and located in the picturesque surroundings on the banks of Hamirsar Lake. The museum has a large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, various archaeological objects, arms and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region.
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By Air : The Bhuj Airport receives flights from Mumbai and if you are planning to arrive by air, then this is a good option. Two main airline operators are offering services from Mumbai to Bhuj. Taxis are available from the airport to the city and one can easily reach the city center. Auto rickshaws can also be hired from the airport to the city. Air fares will range around Rs 4,000.
By Train : Bhuj has a well connected railway network and there are regular trains from different parts of the state. The city can be reached easily from places such as Ahmadabad, Delhi, Mumbai and many other cities by rail. Trains are one of the most affordable ways to travel and they are extremely comfortable as well. Apart from non A/C second class, A/C 2 tier and A/C 3 tier compartments are also available for fares of Rs 1,000 to ,2000. Some trains have first class compartments as well. Tickets have to be booked well in advance as trains are always in demand.
By BUS : Gujarat state buses connect the city to most of the nearby cities and buses are the cheapest mode of transportation to the city. They charge fares of Rs 150 for local travel.
By Taxi : Taxis are available from the airport to the city and one can easily reach the city center.
By Other : Auto rickshaws can also be hired from the airport to the city. Air fares will range around Rs 4,000.
Deluxe – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200
Hotel Oasis ; MEWS Complex, New Station Rd, Bhuj, GJ 370001 ; Ph – 02832 255 303 ; Facilities – Room Service
Deluxe – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200
Luxury – Rs. 2501 and above
Hotel Ilark ; Station Road, Near Ravi Cinema, Bhuj, Gujarat 370001, Jestha Nagar, Bhuj, Gujarat 370001 ; Ph – 02832 258 999 ; Facilities – Room Service
- Sankalp ; Old Dhatia Falia Bhuj, GJ ; M – 02832 254 303 ; Food Serve : Indian
- KBN Hotel ; Station Road, Bhuj-Kutch, GJ 370001 SH 45, Bhuj, GJ ; M – 02832 227 251 ; Food Serve : Indian
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