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Top 10 Things to do in Bhuj

-A desert city with a royal history

Bhuj
A desert city with a royal history

Fact & figure
  • Indian union territory :
  • Area : 56 km2
  • Population : 3,800/km2
  • Language : Gujarati, Hindi, English
  • Attractions : White Desert, Mandvi Beach, Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Hamirsar Lake, Aina Mahal etc
  • Rainfall : 120mm
  • Altitude : 109 m
  • Monsoon : June - August
  • Best time to visit : September To March
  • Temprature : 8° C - 38° C

City Information - Bhuj

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".

Top highlights - of Bhuj

  • The textile crafts of bandhini (tie-dye), embroidery, and leatherwork are famous in Bhuj. It is a sheer delight to treat your eyes with the handicraft products displayed in various vibrant hues.
  • Bhuj is famous for its local delicacies and regional cuisine, namely Pakvans, Kutchhi Dabeli (a local vegetarian burger cooked with masala curry and chutneys), and regional Gujarati sweets.
  • Places like The Fort, Prag Mahal, Kutch Museum, Bhujia Hill and Swaminarayan Temple are few of the must visit places in Bhuj.

What makes Bhuj famous ?

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.

History of Bhuj

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.

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