Primeval temples, magnificent hills, and a deep sense of tranquility make the desert city of Bhuj, one of the favorite tourist destinations in India.

The most entrancing city in Gujarat, Bhuj has beautiful old palaces full of twinkling treasures and grand dining rooms, and an old town that's an effervescent network of narrow, noisy streets. There are also a couple of interesting museums and lots of shops selling top-quality local textiles.

History and Culture

A local ruler Maharao Hamir founded the city of Bhuj in 1510. In 1549 Rao Khengarji I, another local ruler, made Bhuj his capital. It remained an independent princely state during the rule of the British in India and became a part of India, when it gained independence in 1947.

Bhuj is home for a variety of arts and handicrafts. It is a popular destination for shopping for indigenous traditional textile art such as block printing, bandhani (tie and dye), batik, etc. and unique Kathiawari embroidery.  


October to February is the best time to visit Bhuj and its nearby areas. The weather is pleasant, and it is also the time for the Rann Festival in Kutch. Summers (March-June) are quite hot and should be avoided. Monsoons are also warm and humid and make the sightseeing uncomfortable.

Best Time
  • October - February

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Aina Mahal

Aina Mahal

Now serves as museum, the Aina Mahal palace or “Hall of Mirrors” was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in the middle of the 18th century. Master craftsman Ramsinh Malam, who trained as an artisan for 17 years in Europe, felt unappreciated by lesser rulers in...

Kutch Museum

The oldest museum in Gujarat, founded in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji, it has the largest existing collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, dating to the 1st century AD, as well as examples of the extinct Kutchi script and an interesting collection of coins (including the kori, Kutch's...

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