Population : 119,000
Languages : Gujarati.
area code :
time to visit :
October to MarchThe
major town of the Kutch region, Bhuj, is an old walled city.
In the past the city gates were locked each nigh from dusk
to dawn. There are walls within walls, crenellated gateways,
old palaces with intricately carves wooden pavilions, and
brightly decorated Hindu temples.
Places of Interest
Aina Mahal (Old Palace)
Built in traditional
Kutchi style, the palace is in a small fortified courtyard
in the old part of the city. It has a museum Maharao
Sinh Madansinhji Museum, which has a varied collection
of paintings, photos and embroideries. There is a 15 m long
scroll depicting the royal procession of Maharao Shri Pragmalji
The real attraction here is the Hall of Mirrors which was built in the 18th century and
is a blend of Indian and European artistory.
Mahal (New Palace)
The new palace is
just across the courtyard from the old palace. The new palace,
an ornate Italianate marble and sandstone building was contructed
in the later part of the century. Parts of it are now used
as government offices
but the vast Durbar
Hall and the Clock tower are open to public. The Durbar
hall houses the portraits of past Maharaos.
Built in 1877, it
is the oldest museum in Gujarat. The exhibits include a picture
gallery, an anthropological section, archeological finds,
textiles, weapons, musical instruments and a shipping section.
Other attractions include the Sarad Bagh Palace which was built in 1871. It is now converted into
a museum after the death of last Maharao in UK in 1991, the
colorful and richly decorated Swaminarayan
temple and the Folk
museum which houses and interesting private collection
of beautiful textiles and artefacts.
Daily flights from Mumbai.
Trains from Ahmedabad.
6 hrs drive from Rajkot & 7 hours drive from Ahmedabad.
Delhi/Agra/Fatehpur Sirki/Jaipur/Bundi/Kota/ Chittorgarh/Udaipur/Ranakpur/Mt.
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