Bhuj: A flourishing walled city! Bhuj, blissfully remote and uniquely colorful, has for decades beckoned travelers and traders with the promise of release from the restrictions of civilization. Be disarmed by the hospitality; lose yourself in the intricate maze-like streets and alleyways where there are ‘walls within walls’.
Bhuj, a flourishing walled city in Gujarat’s Kutch district, derives its name from ‘Bhujiyo Dungar’, a hill overlooking present day Bhuj town. The old walled city however, presents a contrasting picture of narrow streets and ancient monuments and is known for its forts and palaces. Explore Aina Mahal/Hall of Mirrors and its fountains, mirrors, glassworks, etc; visit Rao Pragmalji’s old palace/Prag Mahal, designed in Italian Gothic style and climb the 45m bell tower stairs for city views. See Sharad Bagh Palace, the orchard retreat of Maharao Madan Sinh, also known as Kutch Museum, where you can examine 2000-yr-old Kshatrapa inscriptions and exhibits of embroidery and paintings. Admire sculptures of Ramayana characters at Ramakund step-well, a square step-well 56ft on a side; walk around Hamirsar Lake, which during Rann-Utsav is colorfully lit; drop by a nearby village; visit the Great Rann of Kutch, a seasonal salt marsh in India’s Thar Desert of Gujarat’s Kutch District and Pakistan’s Sindh province.