Bhuj is a desert city amidst tall hills and tranquil ambience in the state of Gujarat. The city is one of the most interesting places in the country with a huge diversification of geographical, topographical as well as architectural marvels.
Bhuj was left devastated after an earthquake in 2011, and is still into the recovery phase. But, it has so much to be explored by the visitors starting from a range of civilizations to multiple cultural events and even places referred to in the Mahabharata to name a few. Bhuj is also associated with Alexander the Great and his march into India. There are multiple tombs, palaces and other architectural constructions depicting the engineering marvel of that era.
In Bhuj, there are vibrant and dynamic histories of different dynasties which results in a blend of ethnicity and traditional heritage. A city walk through Bhuj will take you to the so many interesting places. The city is a famous platform of observing the historic craftsmanship of the Kutch region. The artists of nearby villages sell their hand-made products in "Bhuj Haat".
Bhuj is made special mainly by the diversified festivals and fairs that are conducted in the city. Kutch Mahaotsav or Rann Utsav, celebrated from January to March is one of the most awaited celebrations of Gujarat. Bhuj is swarmed with visitors from all over the world to witness the festival being celebrated on white sand which gets vibrant with colors, fragrances and tastes of different food, textiles, jewelries and other hand-made products exhibited.
Bhuj was founded in 1510 by Rao Hamir who made it the capital of Kutch in 1549. Since then, the city has weaved a long history of kings and empires, which ultimate resulted in a number of historic places to visit. The city has witnessed multiple civilizations in the South Asian history including prehistoric archaeological discovery of the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan). There are historical evident of rules by the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj from time to time - each one been observed in its own unique way.