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Kutch Heritage Tour of Bhuj

2N / 3D
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Bhuj
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Bhuj Kutch Mandvi

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Bhuj Kutch Mandvi

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Bhuj Kutch Mandvi

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Bhuj Kutch Mandvi

  • Family
  • Couples
  • Historical / Cultural
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Included in this package
Meals
Hotels
Activities
Transfers
  • Overview
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Inclusions
  • Policies
  • Tour Destinations

Tour Description

The tour will start in Ahmedabad and will be ending in Ahmedabad. Gujarat is a blend of Temples, Wildlife, and of amazing architecture and a place full of enthusiasm and rich in culture and heritage.

Tour Highlights

  • Kutch Museum
  • Swaminarayan Temple
  • Parag mahal
  • Aina Mahal
  • Vijay Vilas Palace
  • Kranti Tirth
  •  

Tour Plan

Day 1 

Ahmedabad – Bhuj (350 kms./7 hours)

Arrival in Ahmedabad – a World Heritage City. Proceed towards Bhuj. Visit LLDC Museum in Ajrakhpur on the way to feel the vibrancy of the colourful handicrafts of Kutch District. LLDC stands for ‘Living and Learning Design Centre’. The LLDC museum hosts glorious heritage of Kutch and it is a tribute to the brilliant artisans of Kutch. The museum has three galleries, studios and a library. Kutch is home to 12 tribes such as Ahir, Rabari, Maghwal, etc., that are indigenous communities of Kutch. The motive of the LLDC museum is to train, educate, support and promote the traditional crafts and communities of Kutch region. The biggest attraction of the museum is the textile and different embroidery styles of the locals, which is revered by the world. Tourists can see the different art and craft artefacts and also learn how they are created here. Also, a few more galleries are slated to be opened here featuring pottery, metal, wood and stone crafts. ‘The Living Embroideries of Kutch’ – the first show by the LLDC museum – had been seen by more than 30,000 people in just first couple of years. There are also craft shops where people can purchase the indigenous craft articles and there is also a café where the tourists can experience the local cuisine. The museum also hosts amazing sculptures and installations such as the metal installation created in the artificial pond. Reach Bhuj – a city which rose from the ashes after the 2001 devastating Earthquake. Visit Swaminarayan Temple in Bhuj and overnight stay in Bhuj.

Meal Included

Dinner

Day 2 

Bhuj – Mandvi – Bhuj

Today morning, Visit Prag Mahal. The gigantic Prag Mahal reflecting an unmistakable Gothic architecture at first sight doesn't seem to blend in with other structures in the surroundings. A commission or order for constructing a grand palace mirroring the Italian Gothic architectural style was given by King Pragmalji in 1865 and it was Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins who designed the layout for Prag Mahal. Artisans and craftsmen were indentured from Italy especially to help in the construction of this structure. Labourers received gold coins as remuneration for offering their services and it is alleged that more than 3.1 million rupees were invested for building this mansion. The palace has been constructed out of two materials-red sandstone and Italian marble. The sandstone was procured from Rajasthan. Upon entering the main or central hall, you'll see stuffed skins of different animals hung up on the walls, some of which have decayed considerably. You'll also stare in amazement at the grandiose chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and at the various statuettes placed in prominent corners around the palace. European flora and fauna done in 'Jali' style are going to impress you as well. Perhaps the feature or facet that'll appeal to you the most is the turret or bell tower plastered with a giant clock, going up to a height of 45 feet. Scaling to the top of the tower offers you breathtakingvistas of the entire city of Bhuj. A courtyard at the back of the Prag Mahal within which a tiny shrine having intricate stone engravings, can be seen. Thereafter visit  Aina Mahal. The Aina Mahal was built under the supervision of Maharao Lakhpatji in the year 1761. The palace was converted into a museum by the last ruler of the Jadeja dynasty Maharao Madan Sinhji. Although this 18th-century fortification is in an advanced state of decay, one can still see the magnificence of the structure by taking a detailed tour of its inner premises. You get to see the fortified wall constructed out of marble and ornamented with gold lacings and glass beads. There are large Venetian glass panels plastered on the walls layered with gilded ornaments. The palace suffered heavy damage owing to the earthquake that rocked Bhuj in 2001. The architecture of the Aina Mahal reflects a blend of Indo and European styles. The Swadeshi philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi also had a profound influence on the master craftsman whose effects are mirrored in the museum. The fountains, glasswork, and mirrors were specially designed by the architect. You should not miss exploring the quadrangle leading to the palace that looks marvelous because of the arched doorways, intricately carved balconies, and elaborate boxed-type windows. Proceed to Mandvi – an ancient port city and visit  Vijay Vilas Palace. Situated on the outskirts of Mandvi, a municipality falling under Gujarat's Kutch district is the township's prime attraction-the Vijay Vilas Palace. This magnificent and grand palace that once used to be the summer sanctuary of the Cutch State's king is just about 2kms from the Mandvi Beach. The palace constructed fully out of red sandstone is still in pristine condition and looks breathtaking beautiful when viewed from close quarters. The architectural pattern of the Vijay Vilas Palace that was inspired by the layout of Datia and Orcha palaces mirrors the essential aspects of Rajput-style building architecture. The chief dome perched high atop the roof together with all the surrounding cupolas has a structure similar to domes seen in temples and shrines of Bengal. The windows along with the arches atop them have colored glasses, stone carvings with jali' work, broad verandas, and other elaborately engraved structural sections add to the magnificence of the palace. This stately fortress sits right in the center of meticulously manicured gardens that are in turn perfectly laid out highlighted with water fountains and channels. These fountains have been chiseled out of pure marble making them appear splendid. After scaling to the balcony of the palatial structure, one gets a breathtaking bird's eye-view of the surroundings. The beach area lying within the immediate neighbourhood is owned by the proprietors of the palace. Then visit Kranti Tirth (Shyamji Krishna Verma Memorial). Kranti Tirth is the memorial dedicated to the freedom fighter Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma. It is created in a way to resemble the ‘India House’ – a mansion located in Cronwell, London. This is the replica of the house from where Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma and the Indian Home Rule Society carried on the fight for freedom. The replica of India House here, located at Kranti Tirth, hosts a number of paintings, pictures, library and an audio-visual presentation. Also, there is Viranjali Walk-through Gallery which hosts the documentation of Viranjali Yatra. The Viranjali Yatra was organized in Gujarat state, when the ashes of Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma were brought back to India from Geneva. The ashes traversed across the state, covering more than 2000 km distance. The urns of ashes are kept in ‘Smriti Kaksh’ at the memorial along with the excerpts from Indian Sociologist journal that Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma published in London. Also, there is a Dayanand Saraswati Chowk at the memorial which pays tribute to one of the greatest social reformer of India Swami Dayanad Saraswati. Relax at the serene beach of Mandvi and return back to Bhuj. Overnight stay in Bhuj.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 

Bhuj - Ahmedabad/ Departure

Today morning, check out and proceed to Ahmedabad and drop as per schedule.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Tour Accommodation

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Regenta Central

Bhuj

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Executive

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights stay in Bhuj
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner at the Hotel
  • Transportation as per the itinerary inclusive of Driver Bata, Night Halt, and Parking & Toll Charges
  • All Tours & Transfers by Dedicated Exclusive Vehicle

Exclusions

  • Any Airfare, Entrance fees, Charges for Activities
  • Early Check in/ Late Checkout & Any Extra Meals
  • Camera Charges, Activity Fees & all other expenses which are in personal nature
  • Vehicle will be as per itinerary not on disposable basis
  • Guide, Tour Escort (Can be provided up on request with extra Charges)
  • Any Surcharge, if applicable by the Hotel at the time of booking
  • GST as applicable

Tour Activity

Pricing Calender

Booking Policies

  • 50% of the Holiday Package Cost at the time of Booking.
  • Balance 50% of Holiday Package Cost, 30 days prior to Departure.
  • Non-Refundable items (if any) will be told in advance for full payment.
  • Airfare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation Policies

  • 25% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 51 Days or More
  • 50% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 50 – 36 Days
  • 75% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 35 – 21 Days
  • 100% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 20 Days or less.

Important Notes

  • Per person cost is calculated on the basis of Minimum 02 adults travelling together on Twin sharing basis.
  • Extra adult is the 3rd person who shares the same double room and is provided with an extra bed or rollaway mattress.
  • Mostly the hotels allow 03 adults in one double room with an extra bed or 02 adults and 02 children below 12 years of age with one extra bed.
  • All the guests (husband, wife & adult children) are requested to carry their photo identity proof in original & a photocopy to be produced & handed over at the time of Check In at the resort. This is mandatory.
  • Complimentary Arrival / departure transfers & sightseeing tours shall be provided as per schedule fixed by the hotel. However this may require you to wait at the airport for short duration until all the guests arriving at that time exit the airport.
  • Selection of seats in Airline is subject to availability and is at sole discretion of the airlines.
  • Transfers and Sightseeing tours are on SIC (seat in coach) / shared basis.
  • As of now we are not holding any service, it is subject to availability upon your request. Booking process will start only after receiving booking amount.
  • Above tour prices are subject to change in the event of increase in hotel room rates, Govt. Taxes levy by the hotel especially during Peak Season/Holiday surcharge and major events/fairs and convention.
  • All Tours & Transfers are outsourced facility and the hotel has no control on the profile and behavior of fellow passengers on board, moreover the hotel is not responsible for the safety and security of the in-house guests availing the same.
  • To avail the arrival transfers please check the hotel representative holding the placard of your name / hotel name.
  • In hotels for an extra Adult / Child either Rollaway bed or mattress shall be provided.
  • The request for an adjacent or an adjoining room will be on subject to availability.
  • It is mandatory to carry the age proof of children (02 to 11 yrs) and infant (below 02yrs) along with other travel documents. Child above than 11 yrs shall be considered for an adult cost.
  • Room allocation (Twin bed / Double bed) is at the discretion of the hotel. The check in and check out time of the hotel is 12 to 12 noon. Numbers of meals are always corresponding to the number of nights booked. Breakfast is not provided on the day of arrival.
  • For early check in and late check out the payment is to be settled directly by the guest.
  • Hotel has the right to claim the damages incurred by any of the guest.
  • The guests are requested to take care of their personal belongings carefully and avoid leaving them unattended.
  • Cost of additional services availed by the guest which are not part of our package inclusions are to be settled directly at the hotel.
  • Mini bar facility available in the hotels is on chargeable basis.
  • Buffet meal will be provided at fixed venue decided by the hotel.
  •         Timings: Breakfast: 0800 - 1000 hrs
  •         Lunch: 1300 - 1500 hrs
  •         Dinner: 1930 - 2200 hrs
  • These are the standard buffet timings observed by the hotels. Still you are kindly requested to check the perfect buffet timings at the time of check in at the hotel. Once the buffet time is over the hotel might ask you to pay for your meals.
  • This hotel is suggested on the basis of the feedback taken from our customers. Still we request you that before finalizing the tour with us kindly go through the website of the hotels and read the reviews.

Tour Destination

About City

Bhuj
"Ancient temples, tall hills and a deep sense of serenity"

Bhuj is known as a desert city, with a history dating back to kingdoms and empires, palaces from the rule of the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj. With numerous temples, small streets, and traditional handicrafts, Bhuj is one of the unique historical sites in India. It is a municipality in the Kutch district of Gujarat. The city was left in a state of devastation after the 2001 earthquake and is still in the recovery phase.

However, Bhuj connects its visitors to a range of civilisations and essential events in South Asian history through prehistoric archaeological finds, remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan), places associated with the Mahabharata and Alexander the Great's march into India. The land of Bhuj is home to various historical sites, like the 2000-year-old Kshatrapa inscriptions in the kutch museum, hall of mirrors in the Aina Mahal, the bell tower of Prag Mahal, the sculptures in Ramakund stepwell, and the beautiful Hamirsar lake. Hence, Bhuj is a blend of vibrant history and ethnic cultures.

Places To Visit In Bhuj

1. White Desert of Kutch
Also known as the Great Rann of Kutch, the White Desert is a vast area of pristine white salt desert often explored for its natural beauty and ecological importance. It is also called the world's largest salt desert which stretches from the mouth of River Indus to the Gulf of Kutch. Besides being a filming location for several Bollywood movies, the White Desert of Kutch is strongly scrutinised as it lies on the northern India-Pak border. The White Desert is cited with numerous sanctuaries for wildlife, floral and wetland preservation.

2. Mandvi Beach
Standing near the Vijay Vilas palace estate in Bhuj, Mandvi Beach is a secluded and undiscovered beach destination with clean water and beautiful view. Take a long walk along the shore as you witness the sun setting over the horizon, or go for bird spotting and discover the beauty of Kutch through its fauna. With its tranquil surroundings being it's most alluring quality, Mandvi Beach makes for an enchanting rendezvous with nature and its beauty.

3. Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
Less than 100 km away from Bhuj, this sanctuary is spread over an area of about 7505.22 sq. km. in the Kutch District of Gujarat. This wildlife sanctuary is considered as one of the largest seasonal saline wetland areas.

4. Aina Mahal
The Aaina Mahal palace, or 'Hall of Mirrors' was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in the middle of the 18th century. This beautiful palace also houses a handicraft museum where the crafts from various parts of Kutch is put.

5. Hamirsar Lake
Hamirsar Lake is located in the western end of Bhuj. Its water level depends on the time of the year. It might be dry and largely deserted, or full of water, and encircled by merry families. The lake is absolutely stunning in look and has a cheerful outlook. It is a must visit, for a happening and lovely get together.

6. Shri Swaminarayan Temple
Originally built in the year 1822, it was the first of many Sampradey Swaminarayan temples.

7. Kutch Bustard Sanctuary
Also known locally as the Lala Prajan Sanctuary, its primary aim is to conserve the Great Indian Bustard. Among many other different varieties of wildlife that can be found within the reserve, there are three different kinds of Bustards themselves in the sanctuary.

8. Pirotan Island
From the total 42 islands in the Arabian sea on the eastern coast of Jamnagar, only two islands are accessible for tourists. The most famous one from these two islands is, Pirotan islands.

9. Kutch Museum
Initially an integral part of School of Arts, Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in the state. It has a marvellous collection of antiques dating back to 1st century AD. The Kutch Museum was a private collection to display all the unique gifts Maharao Khengarji III received on his wedding, prior to opening the gates forever for the public, who were earlier allowed only on special occasions.

10. Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary
A 125km drive away from Bhuj, this sanctuary covers an area of about 444 sq. km. and is one of the distinct eco-system in the Kutch district of Gujarat state.

11. Mata no Madh
Located 138 km from the city of Bhuj, Mata No Madh is a historical temple dedicated to Jadeja deities and is situated west of Kakkadbhit. The original 1200 year old temple was demolished during the earthquake of 1819 AD.

12. Prag Mahal
Prag Mahal is a palace which was built in 19th century. It is located next to the popular Aina Mahal in Bhuj of Gujarat. Situated in the heart of the city, Prag Mahal is easily accessible. The entry fee is also nominal. Visitors are accompanied by one of the staff members as a guide to show them the intricate work at the mahal.

13. Banni Grassland Reseve
Spread across an area of 3,847 square kilometers, are currently legally protected under the status as a Protected or Reserve Forest in India. It has been identified as one of the last remaining habitants of Cheetah in India by Wildlife Institute Of India.

14. Clock Tower
With a height of 45 feet, Clock Tower is a prominent feature of Prag Mahal. Visitors are drawn to this 19th century Italian Gothic structure in large numbers for the stunning panoramic view it provides of the town. The architectural marvel has also been featured in numerous well-known Bollywood and Gujarati movies.

15. Kranti Tirth For Shyamji Krishna Varma
Kranti Tirth is a massive memorial complex built in the honour of Shyamji Krishna Varma who was a well-known Indian Freedom Fighter, Journalist and a Lawyer. The memorial complex houses important memories of Shyamji and his sacrifices. It provides a glimpse into the historic Indian Freedom Struggle that was fought to free the country from the British Reign.

16. Kutch Fossil Park
The Kutch Fossil Park was established in 2002 by Mohan Singh Sodha, an Army Veteran and a passionate fossil collector. He solely gathered and showcased this unique historic preserve for about half a century now.

17. Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan Museum
Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan Museum has an extensive collection of folk art, textile art, crafts, paintings, rural/traditional architecture and archaeological samples belonging to the region including the remote areas. The valuable articles were collected by a Government Servant who travelled to most areas of the region while in service and wished to display them together under one roof for the public to enrich their knowledge about the region.

18. Bhujia Hill
Overlooking the beautiful town, Bhujia Hill is a prominent natural formation considered to be of immense religious and historical importance. It is often associated with the legendary victory of Bhujanga against Bheria Kumar. It also served as a perfect location for Bhujia Fort that adds to the aesthetic appeal of the splendid Hill and defended the Jadeja Chiefs. The hill requires at least 200 stairs to reach the top.

19. Hill Garden
A hilltop amusement park, Hill Garden is a favourite picnic spot in the town. With some rides, boating facilities, a museum and a splendid little water park, the attraction is a youngsterês hub. The location is also perfect to get a beautiful panoramic view of the town and enjoy a mesmerising sunset amidst the beautiful natural surroundings.

20. Vande Mataram Memorial
Located at a distance of 10 kms from Bhuj, in the village of Bhujodi in Gujarat, Vande Mataram Memorial is a museum and one of the top tourist attractions in the city. Sprawling over 12 acres of land area, the memorial is built by the Ashapura Foundation to commemorate the most important struggles faced by the Indian soldiers right from the Revolt of 1857 to the Freedom Movement of 1947. It is a tribute to the brave and fearless freedom fighters of India.

The top sightseeing places in Bhuj are White Desert of Kutch, Mandvi Beach, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Aina Mahal, Hamirsar Lake, Shri Swaminarayan Temple.

How to Reach Bhuj

The Bhuj Airport, also known as the Rudra Mata Airport is the city's own airport. This domestic airport is situated about 5.5 to 9 km from the Bhuj city centre and can be covered by a 15 to 20-minute drive. The Bhuj Railway Station is just about 4 km from the city and can be reached through a 15-minute taxi ride.

There are quite a few bus stands in Bhuj, with the nearest ones at Lal Tekri, Ghanshyam Nagar and Sanskar Nagar. These bus stops are within a radius of 2 km from the city centre. The farther bus stations are at Mirjapur and Madhapur, which are about 4 to 5 km from the Bhuj city centre.

Best time to visit Bhuj

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. However, if you have to go to Bhuj in the monsoons, you can visit this place if you don't mind a little rain.

Food of Bhuj

Most of the places here offer only vegetarian food. The town is popular for traditional fried snacks such as Khakhra, Papad as well as the sweet and crunchy Jalebi. Also try the tea available at the local stalls on the streets, which is usually served in saucers. Other than these don't miss out on the Gujarati thali, brimming with Rotlas, Vegetables, Sev Tomato, Lentils, Kadhi and much more.
Also find instances of popular South-Indian and Chinese cuisines. The other Gujarati delicacies include Dhokla, Thepala, Fafda, Khandvi, Hahdwoh, Ganthia, Oondhiya as well as sweets like Ghevar, Puran Poli, Basundi and more.

More about Bhuj
 
Apart from some temples and fort, the place has various other places one can visit. Places like Hiralakshmi Memorial Craft Park, Kutch Museum and Kutch Fossil Park are some sites depicting the richness of the area. If you are one of those people who would love to spend your day by the side of a beautiful water body, then head to Hamirsar lake or Narayan Sarovar.

Bhuj has a variety of things to offer for all the people interested in city shopping. With authentic handicraft items and clothes boasting Gujarati Embroidery, you are sure to get mesmerised while roaming around the street markets of Bhuj. Plan to visit this beautiful place while the great Rann Utsav is happening, and you will be sure to make the trip something you and your family won't be ever able to get off their mind.

Bhuj is a treat to the eyes of visitors. One can explore everything from white desert to beautiful temples, and from wildlife sanctuaries to the cultural landscape.

Who should visit Bhuj? 
From people in groups to couples, and from families to just someone stung by the wanderlust bee, this place serves all. Anyone who wants to break their routine can head to Bhuj for an unforgettable experience.

  • Family
  • Couples
  • Historical / Cultural

Kutch Heritage Tour of Bhuj

2N 
Bhuj
2 Nights / 3 Days
Included in this package
Meals
Hotels
Activities
Transfers
  • Overview
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Inclusions
  • Policies
  • Tour Destinations

Description

The tour will start in Ahmedabad and will be ending in Ahmedabad. Gujarat is a blend of Temples, Wildlife, and of amazing architecture and a place full of enthusiasm and rich in culture and heritage.

Tour Highlights

  • Kutch Museum
  • Swaminarayan Temple
  • Parag mahal
  • Aina Mahal
  • Vijay Vilas Palace
  • Kranti Tirth
  •  

Tour Plan

Day 1 

Ahmedabad – Bhuj (350 kms./7 hours)

Arrival in Ahmedabad – a World Heritage City. Proceed towards Bhuj. Visit LLDC Museum in Ajrakhpur on the way to feel the vibrancy of the colourful handicrafts of Kutch District. LLDC stands for ‘Living and Learning Design Centre’. The LLDC museum hosts glorious heritage of Kutch and it is a tribute to the brilliant artisans of Kutch. The museum has three galleries, studios and a library. Kutch is home to 12 tribes such as Ahir, Rabari, Maghwal, etc., that are indigenous communities of Kutch. The motive of the LLDC museum is to train, educate, support and promote the traditional crafts and communities of Kutch region. The biggest attraction of the museum is the textile and different embroidery styles of the locals, which is revered by the world. Tourists can see the different art and craft artefacts and also learn how they are created here. Also, a few more galleries are slated to be opened here featuring pottery, metal, wood and stone crafts. ‘The Living Embroideries of Kutch’ – the first show by the LLDC museum – had been seen by more than 30,000 people in just first couple of years. There are also craft shops where people can purchase the indigenous craft articles and there is also a café where the tourists can experience the local cuisine. The museum also hosts amazing sculptures and installations such as the metal installation created in the artificial pond. Reach Bhuj – a city which rose from the ashes after the 2001 devastating Earthquake. Visit Swaminarayan Temple in Bhuj and overnight stay in Bhuj.

Meal Included

Dinner

Day 2 

Bhuj – Mandvi – Bhuj

Today morning, Visit Prag Mahal. The gigantic Prag Mahal reflecting an unmistakable Gothic architecture at first sight doesn't seem to blend in with other structures in the surroundings. A commission or order for constructing a grand palace mirroring the Italian Gothic architectural style was given by King Pragmalji in 1865 and it was Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins who designed the layout for Prag Mahal. Artisans and craftsmen were indentured from Italy especially to help in the construction of this structure. Labourers received gold coins as remuneration for offering their services and it is alleged that more than 3.1 million rupees were invested for building this mansion. The palace has been constructed out of two materials-red sandstone and Italian marble. The sandstone was procured from Rajasthan. Upon entering the main or central hall, you'll see stuffed skins of different animals hung up on the walls, some of which have decayed considerably. You'll also stare in amazement at the grandiose chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and at the various statuettes placed in prominent corners around the palace. European flora and fauna done in 'Jali' style are going to impress you as well. Perhaps the feature or facet that'll appeal to you the most is the turret or bell tower plastered with a giant clock, going up to a height of 45 feet. Scaling to the top of the tower offers you breathtakingvistas of the entire city of Bhuj. A courtyard at the back of the Prag Mahal within which a tiny shrine having intricate stone engravings, can be seen. Thereafter visit  Aina Mahal. The Aina Mahal was built under the supervision of Maharao Lakhpatji in the year 1761. The palace was converted into a museum by the last ruler of the Jadeja dynasty Maharao Madan Sinhji. Although this 18th-century fortification is in an advanced state of decay, one can still see the magnificence of the structure by taking a detailed tour of its inner premises. You get to see the fortified wall constructed out of marble and ornamented with gold lacings and glass beads. There are large Venetian glass panels plastered on the walls layered with gilded ornaments. The palace suffered heavy damage owing to the earthquake that rocked Bhuj in 2001. The architecture of the Aina Mahal reflects a blend of Indo and European styles. The Swadeshi philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi also had a profound influence on the master craftsman whose effects are mirrored in the museum. The fountains, glasswork, and mirrors were specially designed by the architect. You should not miss exploring the quadrangle leading to the palace that looks marvelous because of the arched doorways, intricately carved balconies, and elaborate boxed-type windows. Proceed to Mandvi – an ancient port city and visit  Vijay Vilas Palace. Situated on the outskirts of Mandvi, a municipality falling under Gujarat's Kutch district is the township's prime attraction-the Vijay Vilas Palace. This magnificent and grand palace that once used to be the summer sanctuary of the Cutch State's king is just about 2kms from the Mandvi Beach. The palace constructed fully out of red sandstone is still in pristine condition and looks breathtaking beautiful when viewed from close quarters. The architectural pattern of the Vijay Vilas Palace that was inspired by the layout of Datia and Orcha palaces mirrors the essential aspects of Rajput-style building architecture. The chief dome perched high atop the roof together with all the surrounding cupolas has a structure similar to domes seen in temples and shrines of Bengal. The windows along with the arches atop them have colored glasses, stone carvings with jali' work, broad verandas, and other elaborately engraved structural sections add to the magnificence of the palace. This stately fortress sits right in the center of meticulously manicured gardens that are in turn perfectly laid out highlighted with water fountains and channels. These fountains have been chiseled out of pure marble making them appear splendid. After scaling to the balcony of the palatial structure, one gets a breathtaking bird's eye-view of the surroundings. The beach area lying within the immediate neighbourhood is owned by the proprietors of the palace. Then visit Kranti Tirth (Shyamji Krishna Verma Memorial). Kranti Tirth is the memorial dedicated to the freedom fighter Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma. It is created in a way to resemble the ‘India House’ – a mansion located in Cronwell, London. This is the replica of the house from where Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma and the Indian Home Rule Society carried on the fight for freedom. The replica of India House here, located at Kranti Tirth, hosts a number of paintings, pictures, library and an audio-visual presentation. Also, there is Viranjali Walk-through Gallery which hosts the documentation of Viranjali Yatra. The Viranjali Yatra was organized in Gujarat state, when the ashes of Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma were brought back to India from Geneva. The ashes traversed across the state, covering more than 2000 km distance. The urns of ashes are kept in ‘Smriti Kaksh’ at the memorial along with the excerpts from Indian Sociologist journal that Shri Shyamji Krishna Varma published in London. Also, there is a Dayanand Saraswati Chowk at the memorial which pays tribute to one of the greatest social reformer of India Swami Dayanad Saraswati. Relax at the serene beach of Mandvi and return back to Bhuj. Overnight stay in Bhuj.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 

Bhuj - Ahmedabad/ Departure

Today morning, check out and proceed to Ahmedabad and drop as per schedule.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Tour Accommodation

Bhuj

Hotel Image

Regenta Central

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Executive

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights stay in Bhuj
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner at the Hotel
  • Transportation as per the itinerary inclusive of Driver Bata, Night Halt, and Parking & Toll Charges
  • All Tours & Transfers by Dedicated Exclusive Vehicle

Exclusions

  • Any Airfare, Entrance fees, Charges for Activities
  • Early Check in/ Late Checkout & Any Extra Meals
  • Camera Charges, Activity Fees & all other expenses which are in personal nature
  • Vehicle will be as per itinerary not on disposable basis
  • Guide, Tour Escort (Can be provided up on request with extra Charges)
  • Any Surcharge, if applicable by the Hotel at the time of booking
  • GST as applicable

Tour Activity

Pricing Calender

Booking Policies

  • 50% of the Holiday Package Cost at the time of Booking.
  • Balance 50% of Holiday Package Cost, 30 days prior to Departure.
  • Non-Refundable items (if any) will be told in advance for full payment.
  • Airfare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation Policies

  • 25% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 51 Days or More
  • 50% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 50 – 36 Days
  • 75% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 35 – 21 Days
  • 100% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 20 Days or less.

Important Notes

  • Per person cost is calculated on the basis of Minimum 02 adults travelling together on Twin sharing basis.
  • Extra adult is the 3rd person who shares the same double room and is provided with an extra bed or rollaway mattress.
  • Mostly the hotels allow 03 adults in one double room with an extra bed or 02 adults and 02 children below 12 years of age with one extra bed.
  • All the guests (husband, wife & adult children) are requested to carry their photo identity proof in original & a photocopy to be produced & handed over at the time of Check In at the resort. This is mandatory.
  • Complimentary Arrival / departure transfers & sightseeing tours shall be provided as per schedule fixed by the hotel. However this may require you to wait at the airport for short duration until all the guests arriving at that time exit the airport.
  • Selection of seats in Airline is subject to availability and is at sole discretion of the airlines.
  • Transfers and Sightseeing tours are on SIC (seat in coach) / shared basis.
  • As of now we are not holding any service, it is subject to availability upon your request. Booking process will start only after receiving booking amount.
  • Above tour prices are subject to change in the event of increase in hotel room rates, Govt. Taxes levy by the hotel especially during Peak Season/Holiday surcharge and major events/fairs and convention.
  • All Tours & Transfers are outsourced facility and the hotel has no control on the profile and behavior of fellow passengers on board, moreover the hotel is not responsible for the safety and security of the in-house guests availing the same.
  • To avail the arrival transfers please check the hotel representative holding the placard of your name / hotel name.
  • In hotels for an extra Adult / Child either Rollaway bed or mattress shall be provided.
  • The request for an adjacent or an adjoining room will be on subject to availability.
  • It is mandatory to carry the age proof of children (02 to 11 yrs) and infant (below 02yrs) along with other travel documents. Child above than 11 yrs shall be considered for an adult cost.
  • Room allocation (Twin bed / Double bed) is at the discretion of the hotel. The check in and check out time of the hotel is 12 to 12 noon. Numbers of meals are always corresponding to the number of nights booked. Breakfast is not provided on the day of arrival.
  • For early check in and late check out the payment is to be settled directly by the guest.
  • Hotel has the right to claim the damages incurred by any of the guest.
  • The guests are requested to take care of their personal belongings carefully and avoid leaving them unattended.
  • Cost of additional services availed by the guest which are not part of our package inclusions are to be settled directly at the hotel.
  • Mini bar facility available in the hotels is on chargeable basis.
  • Buffet meal will be provided at fixed venue decided by the hotel.
  •         Timings: Breakfast: 0800 - 1000 hrs
  •         Lunch: 1300 - 1500 hrs
  •         Dinner: 1930 - 2200 hrs
  • These are the standard buffet timings observed by the hotels. Still you are kindly requested to check the perfect buffet timings at the time of check in at the hotel. Once the buffet time is over the hotel might ask you to pay for your meals.
  • This hotel is suggested on the basis of the feedback taken from our customers. Still we request you that before finalizing the tour with us kindly go through the website of the hotels and read the reviews.

Tour Destination

About City

Bhuj
"Ancient temples, tall hills and a deep sense of serenity"

Bhuj is known as a desert city, with a history dating back to kingdoms and empires, palaces from the rule of the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj. With numerous temples, small streets, and traditional handicrafts, Bhuj is one of the unique historical sites in India. It is a municipality in the Kutch district of Gujarat. The city was left in a state of devastation after the 2001 earthquake and is still in the recovery phase.

However, Bhuj connects its visitors to a range of civilisations and essential events in South Asian history through prehistoric archaeological finds, remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan), places associated with the Mahabharata and Alexander the Great's march into India. The land of Bhuj is home to various historical sites, like the 2000-year-old Kshatrapa inscriptions in the kutch museum, hall of mirrors in the Aina Mahal, the bell tower of Prag Mahal, the sculptures in Ramakund stepwell, and the beautiful Hamirsar lake. Hence, Bhuj is a blend of vibrant history and ethnic cultures.

Places To Visit In Bhuj

1. White Desert of Kutch
Also known as the Great Rann of Kutch, the White Desert is a vast area of pristine white salt desert often explored for its natural beauty and ecological importance. It is also called the world's largest salt desert which stretches from the mouth of River Indus to the Gulf of Kutch. Besides being a filming location for several Bollywood movies, the White Desert of Kutch is strongly scrutinised as it lies on the northern India-Pak border. The White Desert is cited with numerous sanctuaries for wildlife, floral and wetland preservation.

2. Mandvi Beach
Standing near the Vijay Vilas palace estate in Bhuj, Mandvi Beach is a secluded and undiscovered beach destination with clean water and beautiful view. Take a long walk along the shore as you witness the sun setting over the horizon, or go for bird spotting and discover the beauty of Kutch through its fauna. With its tranquil surroundings being it's most alluring quality, Mandvi Beach makes for an enchanting rendezvous with nature and its beauty.

3. Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
Less than 100 km away from Bhuj, this sanctuary is spread over an area of about 7505.22 sq. km. in the Kutch District of Gujarat. This wildlife sanctuary is considered as one of the largest seasonal saline wetland areas.

4. Aina Mahal
The Aaina Mahal palace, or 'Hall of Mirrors' was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in the middle of the 18th century. This beautiful palace also houses a handicraft museum where the crafts from various parts of Kutch is put.

5. Hamirsar Lake
Hamirsar Lake is located in the western end of Bhuj. Its water level depends on the time of the year. It might be dry and largely deserted, or full of water, and encircled by merry families. The lake is absolutely stunning in look and has a cheerful outlook. It is a must visit, for a happening and lovely get together.

6. Shri Swaminarayan Temple
Originally built in the year 1822, it was the first of many Sampradey Swaminarayan temples.

7. Kutch Bustard Sanctuary
Also known locally as the Lala Prajan Sanctuary, its primary aim is to conserve the Great Indian Bustard. Among many other different varieties of wildlife that can be found within the reserve, there are three different kinds of Bustards themselves in the sanctuary.

8. Pirotan Island
From the total 42 islands in the Arabian sea on the eastern coast of Jamnagar, only two islands are accessible for tourists. The most famous one from these two islands is, Pirotan islands.

9. Kutch Museum
Initially an integral part of School of Arts, Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in the state. It has a marvellous collection of antiques dating back to 1st century AD. The Kutch Museum was a private collection to display all the unique gifts Maharao Khengarji III received on his wedding, prior to opening the gates forever for the public, who were earlier allowed only on special occasions.

10. Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary
A 125km drive away from Bhuj, this sanctuary covers an area of about 444 sq. km. and is one of the distinct eco-system in the Kutch district of Gujarat state.

11. Mata no Madh
Located 138 km from the city of Bhuj, Mata No Madh is a historical temple dedicated to Jadeja deities and is situated west of Kakkadbhit. The original 1200 year old temple was demolished during the earthquake of 1819 AD.

12. Prag Mahal
Prag Mahal is a palace which was built in 19th century. It is located next to the popular Aina Mahal in Bhuj of Gujarat. Situated in the heart of the city, Prag Mahal is easily accessible. The entry fee is also nominal. Visitors are accompanied by one of the staff members as a guide to show them the intricate work at the mahal.

13. Banni Grassland Reseve
Spread across an area of 3,847 square kilometers, are currently legally protected under the status as a Protected or Reserve Forest in India. It has been identified as one of the last remaining habitants of Cheetah in India by Wildlife Institute Of India.

14. Clock Tower
With a height of 45 feet, Clock Tower is a prominent feature of Prag Mahal. Visitors are drawn to this 19th century Italian Gothic structure in large numbers for the stunning panoramic view it provides of the town. The architectural marvel has also been featured in numerous well-known Bollywood and Gujarati movies.

15. Kranti Tirth For Shyamji Krishna Varma
Kranti Tirth is a massive memorial complex built in the honour of Shyamji Krishna Varma who was a well-known Indian Freedom Fighter, Journalist and a Lawyer. The memorial complex houses important memories of Shyamji and his sacrifices. It provides a glimpse into the historic Indian Freedom Struggle that was fought to free the country from the British Reign.

16. Kutch Fossil Park
The Kutch Fossil Park was established in 2002 by Mohan Singh Sodha, an Army Veteran and a passionate fossil collector. He solely gathered and showcased this unique historic preserve for about half a century now.

17. Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan Museum
Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan Museum has an extensive collection of folk art, textile art, crafts, paintings, rural/traditional architecture and archaeological samples belonging to the region including the remote areas. The valuable articles were collected by a Government Servant who travelled to most areas of the region while in service and wished to display them together under one roof for the public to enrich their knowledge about the region.

18. Bhujia Hill
Overlooking the beautiful town, Bhujia Hill is a prominent natural formation considered to be of immense religious and historical importance. It is often associated with the legendary victory of Bhujanga against Bheria Kumar. It also served as a perfect location for Bhujia Fort that adds to the aesthetic appeal of the splendid Hill and defended the Jadeja Chiefs. The hill requires at least 200 stairs to reach the top.

19. Hill Garden
A hilltop amusement park, Hill Garden is a favourite picnic spot in the town. With some rides, boating facilities, a museum and a splendid little water park, the attraction is a youngsterês hub. The location is also perfect to get a beautiful panoramic view of the town and enjoy a mesmerising sunset amidst the beautiful natural surroundings.

20. Vande Mataram Memorial
Located at a distance of 10 kms from Bhuj, in the village of Bhujodi in Gujarat, Vande Mataram Memorial is a museum and one of the top tourist attractions in the city. Sprawling over 12 acres of land area, the memorial is built by the Ashapura Foundation to commemorate the most important struggles faced by the Indian soldiers right from the Revolt of 1857 to the Freedom Movement of 1947. It is a tribute to the brave and fearless freedom fighters of India.

The top sightseeing places in Bhuj are White Desert of Kutch, Mandvi Beach, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Aina Mahal, Hamirsar Lake, Shri Swaminarayan Temple.

How to Reach Bhuj

The Bhuj Airport, also known as the Rudra Mata Airport is the city's own airport. This domestic airport is situated about 5.5 to 9 km from the Bhuj city centre and can be covered by a 15 to 20-minute drive. The Bhuj Railway Station is just about 4 km from the city and can be reached through a 15-minute taxi ride.

There are quite a few bus stands in Bhuj, with the nearest ones at Lal Tekri, Ghanshyam Nagar and Sanskar Nagar. These bus stops are within a radius of 2 km from the city centre. The farther bus stations are at Mirjapur and Madhapur, which are about 4 to 5 km from the Bhuj city centre.

Best time to visit Bhuj

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. However, if you have to go to Bhuj in the monsoons, you can visit this place if you don't mind a little rain.

Food of Bhuj

Most of the places here offer only vegetarian food. The town is popular for traditional fried snacks such as Khakhra, Papad as well as the sweet and crunchy Jalebi. Also try the tea available at the local stalls on the streets, which is usually served in saucers. Other than these don't miss out on the Gujarati thali, brimming with Rotlas, Vegetables, Sev Tomato, Lentils, Kadhi and much more.
Also find instances of popular South-Indian and Chinese cuisines. The other Gujarati delicacies include Dhokla, Thepala, Fafda, Khandvi, Hahdwoh, Ganthia, Oondhiya as well as sweets like Ghevar, Puran Poli, Basundi and more.

More about Bhuj
 
Apart from some temples and fort, the place has various other places one can visit. Places like Hiralakshmi Memorial Craft Park, Kutch Museum and Kutch Fossil Park are some sites depicting the richness of the area. If you are one of those people who would love to spend your day by the side of a beautiful water body, then head to Hamirsar lake or Narayan Sarovar.

Bhuj has a variety of things to offer for all the people interested in city shopping. With authentic handicraft items and clothes boasting Gujarati Embroidery, you are sure to get mesmerised while roaming around the street markets of Bhuj. Plan to visit this beautiful place while the great Rann Utsav is happening, and you will be sure to make the trip something you and your family won't be ever able to get off their mind.

Bhuj is a treat to the eyes of visitors. One can explore everything from white desert to beautiful temples, and from wildlife sanctuaries to the cultural landscape.

Who should visit Bhuj? 
From people in groups to couples, and from families to just someone stung by the wanderlust bee, this place serves all. Anyone who wants to break their routine can head to Bhuj for an unforgettable experience.

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