Bhuj is known for its handicrafts and in its bazaars you will find exquisite bandhni (tie-dye) and embroidered fabrics, furniture, silver and metalware.
Main Language(s): Gujarati , Hindi and English Time Zone: GMT + 05:30
Phone Area Code: 02832
Best Time To Visit: Summers are unbearably hot, and it is thus advisable to plan your visit in the winter months. You might want to plan your trip to coincide with the Desert Festival, which is held in February or March each year.
Airport Distance from City Center: 5 kms Taxi Rates from Airport to City: Private taxis available or Rs. 150 to city centre.
Aina Mahal (Old Palace)
Built as the palace of Maharao Lakhpatji in the 18th century, Aina Mahal is now a museum featuring paintings, tapestries and other treasures. The highlight of Aina Mahal is its Hall of Mirrors, crafted by Ram Singh Malam, whose marble walls are embellished with mirrors and gilded ornaments.
The Kachchh Museum enjoys the distinction of being the oldest museum in Gujarat. Founded in 1877 by Sir James Fergusson, who became Governor of Mumbai three years later. The museum contains a wealth of ornaments in precious metals, weapons, textiles, inscriptions among other things.
Prag Mahal (New Palace)
The Prag Mahal was built opposite the Aina Mahal in the late 19th century. The structure, built from marble and sandstone features beautiful corinthian pillars and jali work.
Founded in 1581, the historical port of Mandvi, located about 60km from Bhuj, was a centre for trade between India and Africa. The Vijay Vilas Palace and Hawa Mahal stand testament to the town's past splendour. The villages of Banni and Khavda, situated on the outskirts of Mandvi, are home to some of the Kachchh region's most gifted artisans.
The tallest among the Black Hills of Kachchh, Kalo Dungar features a shrine dedicated to Lord Dattatreya at its crest. A trip to the top of this hill will reward travellers to a stunning view of the Rann.
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Rann Utsav (Desert Festival): The Rann Utsav coincides with the festival of Shivaratri in February or March each year. The festival showcases craft displays and cultural shows.
Navratri: Navratri, literally meaning nine nights, is celebrated with great fervour all over Gujarat. The festival honours Shakti, the Mother Goddess, who is believed to protect her worshippers and destroy evil. It is a time of prayer and celebration. People all over the state participate in traditional garba and dandia dances, which are held nightly during this period.
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