Bhuj: The Pride of Kach
- How to Get There
- Great Rann of Kutch
- Aina Mahal
- Prag Mahal
Bhuj: The Pride of Kach
The beautiful city of Bhuj is located in the Kachchh region. It is a very interesting place which has some very historic buildings lining its streets. Bhuj served as the capital for the Jadeja Rajputs who ruled over the Kachchh region in the 16th century. Although devastated by the 2001 earthquake, the city has recovered much of its former glory. Here you can enjoy temples, palaces and wooden pavilions. Bhuj does not offer only historic sites for you to indulge your tourist spirit in. There is a thriving textile business here. The traditional Batik textiles have become popular all over the world. You will witness some of the most elaborate and intricate embroidery in silk in the markets of Bhuj. The heritage of Bhuj is rich and the culture is fascinating.
How to Get There
By Air :
Bhuj is connected by flight with Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
By Rail :
Bhuj is connected by regular trains to different parts of Gujarat and major cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
By Road :
There are regular bus service that connects Bhuj to the neighboring cities.Distance from places;Kutch:72 km, Dwarka:389 km
Great Rann of Kutch
The vast expanse of the Rann of Kutch is going to stun you. This is a magnificent landscape. The desert plains here lie encrusted with white salt that is bright enough to dazzle you in the daytime. At night, the sight of the landscape glimmers like stars under the cold moonlight. The Great Rann of Kutch is one of the biggest seasonal wetlands in the world. During the monsoon, the flat land is drowned in incredibly salty water. Visit the place for a breathtaking experience.
The striking Aina Mahal is a reflection of the rich history and culture of the Kutch region. The architecture is a testament to the European style as the architect, Ramsang Malam was inspired during his trip to Holland. The palace has a Hall of Mirrors which has given the name Aina Mahal to it, Aina being the native word for mirror. The marble walls of the hall are decked in marrows creating a fascinating impression. The European influence is hard to miss. The blue and white tiles are reminiscent of Delphi.
After the divesting earthquake of 2001, the Prag Mahal was in a very bad shape. Fortunately, it has been restored to its former glory. The elegant Durbar Hall has an eerie allure to it. In this huge hall, you will be amazed at the nine huge chandeliers that hang from the ceiling while numerous statues line the walls.