Bhuj

Bhuj is a city in the Kutch district of the Gujarat region of India.

Understand

View of Bhuj

Bhuj is a historical city. It has a long history of kings and empires. It was named for a big snake, Bhujang, that lived on a hill that was later named Bhujiyo Hill. Bhuj has a population of approx 200,000. It serves as a stopover to explore the remote areas of Kutch. Bhuj can also serve as base for day trips to Dhordo (white Rann of Kutch with luxurious tents to spend nights), Khavda, Kala Dungar, Mandvi (sea beach with wind farm), Kera (very ancient ruins of lord Vishnu and Shiva temple), Mata No Madh (goddess Aai Ashapura temple), Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar (ancient Hindu lord Shiva temple on the shore of the Arabian Sea), and Haji Pir (tomb).

Get in

Bhuj Airport (IATA: BHJ) From Mumbai you can reach Bhuj by plane of Jet Airways. There are other connections from all major cities of Gujarat. You can also get here by train from Mumbai.

Get around

The city is not big so you can get around by many ways.Catch an auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) Or you can try to hire a guide with his vehicle. Bargaining is a must as they will quote high if they see you are a first timer. If you have time you can also hire a bicycle and roam around the city.

See

Buy

Bhuj is mostly famous for its handicrafts. You can get variety of clothes and other things having this kind of art work. And don't forget to buy sweets - try Khavada, it has branches at many place in bhuj.

Eat

Most places are vegetarian. You can find non-veg food in big hotels or in the outskirts of city. There are many good restaurants like Neelam, KBN, Anando, Green Rock, jiya, sankalp etc. You can also find local stalls for many Gujarati, Chinese, and South Indian spices on the roads, especially on a hospital road. Some of them well known for their delicious taste are Joshi stall, Khavda stall, and Maharaj stall.

The local dish called Double Roti (also known as Dabeli) is famous, and is very easy to prepare. You can carry its 'masala' to prepare back to your home.

Drink

If you want to drink alcoholic beverages you will need to get a license to carry liquor. So please be aware that in the whole state of Gujarat alcohol is illegal. Better you enjoy local drinks. You can have butter milk made from curd. you can also enjoy locally available milk. On the outward main road parallel to the shroff market and very close to the bus station is Bharat juice center which serves milkshakes,fresh juices and ice creams.

Sleep

- City Guest House is where most foreigners stay. Near the palace and lake. Ask around, everyone knows it. 300/400 for single/dbl with shared toilet up to 500 for double with inside bath. WiFi is 100 extra per day. A bit pricy for room standards but location and vibe are good.

Go next

Bhuj being one of the very few main towns of kutch region serves as a central access to most of the remote regions of kutch. Some of the places worth a visit as a tourist like Khavda, Dhordo (famous for its white desert and luxurious stay in a well maintained tents to spend nights in picturesque full moon. Kalo dungar is a hill top overlooking the ocean across which lies Pakistan. Downsouth is the shipping port town mandvi which house a beautiful palace known as vijay vilas palace and a calm beach along the windfarm.

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