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Bhuj Tourism And Travel Guide
26.5° C / 79.8° F
November to February
3 to 4 Days
Bhuj Railway Station
In addition to memories, traveling gives us experiences. These astonishing experiences help us grow and learn. And it also helps us to never let the kid die inside us and makes us more confident. Traveling in itself is one of the best things one can ever do in a lifetime. For all this, Bhuj is an ideal launchpad for the craft and archeology lovers. Here you can adorn the scenic Prag Mahal, Aina Mahal, Hamirsar Lake, and the crafty Living and learning design center, and Bhujodi Village. Bhuj is one of the most captivating cities in Gujarat with dozens of things to surprise you.
It is no wonder then that tourism in Bhuj is swelling with every passing year. If you are one of those who are planning your trip to Bhuj this time then hop on the band wagon, 'cause this is a travel guide for you!
How to Reach
Bhuj has decent connectivity with nearby cities in Gujarat and other major cities in India by roads, railways, and airways. Rail is a convenient way to reach Bhuj whereas airways can drop you to the city in no time.
Bhuj has a good rail network which connects people from different cities in Gujarat and India. The Bhuj railways station is just about 1 km from the city center. There are many trains from Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Mumbai. So check the IRCTC website for more details.
Bhuj is well connected to other cities of Gujarat by road. The state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad are connected to Bhuj by NH 8A. Another convenient option is a self-drive to Bhuj. the roads are good and well-maintained.
The Bhuj Airport has several flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, and other Indian cities at regular intervals. Once you get down at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach your hotel or other destinations.
Getting around in Bhuj is easy with local auto-rickshaw and convenient. Rickshaws are the best medium of transportation locally in Bhuj. If you want to explore the city to the fullest you can even travel around by walking or hire a cab for visiting the outer tourist spots.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Bhuj falls on the western side of India, which is comparatively hotter than any other regions in India. Bhuj experiences three prominent seasons namely, summer, monsoon, and winter. The summer season is the hottest of them all, the monsoon time is a little humid, whereas the winter season is the best time to visit the place.
Summer (March – May):
The summer season of Bhuj is hot and dry, and the temperature rises to a maximum of 40 °C and above at times. But in the summer season also, visitors plan trips to this city for obvious reasons: vacation and discounts. The temperature during this time lingers between 29 °C and 42 °C.
Monsoon (June – August):
The Monsoon season of Bhuj is quite humid. The south-west monsoon enhances the greenery and beauty of the city. Heavy rainfall is recorded during the month of July other than that you may explore the beauty of Bhuj during Monsoon. The temperature during this time ranges between 26 °C and 36 °C.
Winter (October – February):
With moderate temperature, the winter season is the best and recommended time to pay a visit to Bhuj. During the winter season, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of Bhuj to the fullest. The temperature during this time stays between 10 °C and 28 °C.
Things to Do
Astonishing Aina Mahal:
The Hall of Mirrors commonly known as Aina Mahal is one of the most visited places in Bhuj. This attention-grabbing palace is a gripping example of the Indo-European style of architecture. The earthquake of 2001 destroyed the top floor of the palace. It was mended by the Government of India. The palace was converted to a museum in 1977 and since then it has been one of the best attractions of Bhuj.
The Remains of Chhatris:
The Chhatris or the Royal Cenotaphs of Bhuj were also damaged heavily by the earthquake in 2001. The ruins of that time and the spectacular Mughal and Rajputana architecture are the best things to sight here. It’s spread in a huge area which will require walking miles within its premises to explore it completely. So be ready for it. You can take amazing pictures and selfies with your loved ones around the structures.
Take a Walk Along the Hamirsar Lake:
Hamirsar lake is a famous lake which is visible from the top of Prag Mahal. It used to be one of the best places to visit in Bhuj, but recently due to no maintenance around it, it’s not in a good state; muddy water, and dried corners are clearly visible. Still, many sightseers visit the lake to photoshoot the migratory birds. You can take a walk down the lake during the evening (sunset time) to take some good pictures of birds and the fantastic view from a close distance.
Visit the oldest museum of Gujarat:
The Kutch Museum is another most visited place in Bhuj. The museum is located near the Hamirsar Lake and it’s considered as the oldest museum in Gujarat. It has some rich and interesting collection of musical instruments, slabs, stones, and seals. Other collections include embroidered textiles, weapons, and several objects from the tribal culture of the state. The primary attraction of the museum is the 7 tusked snow-white elephant or Airavat.
Sanskriti Darshan Museum:
The Sanskriti Darshan Museum is home to a formidable collection of Kutchi folk art and craft. The Kutch region is a place of skilled workers who specialize in producing some of the finest local and traditional items sold across the cities of Kutch and Bhuj. So visit this museum to know more about the Kutchi culture and tradition.
Being a holy state for millions of Hindus and Jains, Gujarat has the largest variety of vegetarian food in the nation. Very few places and restaurants serve non-veg and you will not find alcohol anywhere. Nevertheless, due to a large variety of veg food, Gujarat is heaven for foodies. Several joints and restaurants in Bhuj serve the best quality of traditional Gujarati items which are not only delectable but also affordable. Some of the special items that you must try are Dabeli, Poha, Sev Khaman, Jalebi Faafda, Butter Vada Pav and Samosa, Chai Khari, and Puri Saak. These are side dishes; while Gujarati Khichdi, Gujarati Thali and other main stuff is worth trying.