Bhuj TourismBhuj, the Walled City, is also known as “Jaisalmer of Gujarat” because of its stretches of desert. Bhuj got ravaged in the year 2001 when it was hit by an earthquake but within a decade, this city that was once in shambles had revived remarkably and has made an entry in the tourist map of the world. Bhuj has many remnants belonging to ancient India which attract archaeologists and history lovers here. Bhuj has many interesting places for common tourists as well. The famous international event, Desert Festival is held at Bhuj, which attract thousands of domestic and international tourists in this city.
Transport in BhujBhuj can be reached by air, rail and road. To reach Bhuj from various parts of Gujarat and other states of western and north-western India, roads are the best. Bus services are comfortable and cheap and you can get buses at frequent interval. There are overnight bus services as well run by GSRTC and private operators.
Bhuj is linked through rail to major parts of India. Super fast, express and passenger trains pass through Bhuj. Bhuj has a railway station named New Bhuj Station located very near to the city.
Bhuj is linked directly to Mumbai through Air. Bhuj can be reached by air from Ahmedabad and other places as well but it is through Mumbai. There are regular flights linking Bhuj and Mumbai. Bhuj has its own airport located very near to the city. This airport is also used by the air force of India.
Local transport in Bhuj is very frequent and taxis, buses and auto-rickshaws are used for local transport. Taxis and auto-rickshaws can be rented from the important places like bus station, railway station or market places. To roam around in Bhuj and the surrounding places, hiring taxis and auto-rickshaws (Chhakadas) are the best options.
Hotels in BhujBhuj being a place regularly visited by people related to various businesses and trades as well as tourists of all types, you can get varieties of accommodations in Bhuj. There are 2-star and 3-star hotels in Bhuj where you can have modern amenities at reasonable price. You can also enjoy luxurious stay in 4-star and 5-star hotels of Bhuj or in resorts located in Bhuj and around.
Here are some of the different hotels in Bhuj:
- Hotel Oasis
- Hotel Ilark
- Hotel Anjali
- Odhav Hotel
- Hotel Swagat
- Shiv Hotel
- Hotel Mangalam
- Hotel Prince
- Hotel KBN
Eating Out in BhujBhuj has budget eateries as well as luxurious restaurants where you can get good quality food and top-notch services. At these restaurants you can enjoy local Gujarati foods along with fresh fruit juices, sweets or a cup of coffee or tea. Restaurants in Bhuj also offer different types of north and south Indian Cuisines and cuisines from all over the world. Bhuj does have fast-food centers where you can get food mostly preferred by the young generation e.g. Pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, etc. You can also get spicy north Indian Curry and kebabs in various eating houses in Bhuj.
Some of the popular restaurants in Bhuj are:
- Yellow Chilli
- Hotel Nilam
- Noorani Mahal
- Green Rock
- Arabian Grill
- Bharat Juice Center
Shopping in BhujBhuj is a paradise for shoppers. It has hordes of exclusive shopping items which are famous world-wide. The handloom work of Bhuj i.e. tie and dye work, mirror and bead work, embroidered sarees, kurtis, dupattas are famous. The handicraft items made with wood and metal are exclusive and every visitor who comes to Bhuj buy these items in huge numbers to gift their near ones or to keep them as souvenirs. You can visit the age old Shroff Bazar in Bhuj to look into shops that sell almost all types of items. You can also buy the handicraft and handloom items from the local weavers from the villages around Bhuj. Weekly haats are held in Jubilee where artists sell their items at reasonable price. Bhuj has modern shopping malls and complexes too.
Some of the places to shop in Bhuj are:
- Shroff Bazar
- Liya Handicrafts
- Sangeet Sarees
- Bhujodi Village
Places to Visit in BhujBhuj has many ancient monuments that take tourists through the historical journey. As Bhuj has got rulers of various dynasties and being associated with many historical events of the past since the time of the Indus Valley Civilization, Bhuj has plenty of interesting tourist spots to visit.
Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Kachchh Museum, Sharad Bagh Palace, Swaminarayan Temple, Cenotaphs (Chhatrardi) of Kutchi Rulers, Hamirsar Lake, Bhujio Hill, Bhujodi Village etc. are some of the places that tourists should never miss out while they are visiting Bhuj. Rann of Kutch is the hot favorite spot for all tourists coming to Bhuj. Mandvi, a shipping port near Bhuj is also a place worth to see.
Best Time to Visit BhujBhuj has scorching summer months and mild winter mothers. In summers, the temperature is more than 40 degrees Celsius. Bhuj often gets cyclones during monsoons. As it is near the desert area, the city has dry climate. Though people keep coming here throughout the year but the best time to visit Bhuj is from October to March when climate is bearable and pleasant. March is preferred by many tourists for their Bhuj visit because they want to enjoy the Rann Utsav that is held in March.
Tourism Offices BhujYou can plan your Bhuj Tour with the help of Gujarat Tourist Department through private tour operators. You can get in touch with them over phone or through e-mail. On the spot bookings and tour planning is also done. Here is the list of tourist offices in Gujarat.
TCGL (Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited)
Opposite Bahumali Bhavan
Phone No.: 02832 224 910
Explore the Kutch
Ashapura Ring Road
Old Dhatia Falia
Phone No.: 02832 654 495
Hotel Sahara Palace Building
Opposite Bus Station
Bus Station Road
Phone No.: 02832 224 258
Kutch Heritage Tourism
Phone No.: 98792 92742