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Top Choice Palace in Bhuj

Aina Mahal

This beautiful palace, built in 1752, lost its top storey in an earthquake, but the lower floor is open, with a fantastic 15.2m scroll showing a Kutch state procession. The 18th-century elaborately mirrored interior…
Top Choice Street Food in Bhuj

Shankar Vadapav

This food stall is a local legend. Try a vadapav (basically a spiced fried potato with chutney in a sandwich) or go big and get the mirchvada (fluffy fried dough covering a whole chilli pepper that’s stuffed with a …
Top Choice Mughlai in Bhuj

Mangalya

Creative twists on all-veg Mughlai cuisine are sure to please your palate. The tandoor options and paneer varieties are outstanding – try the delicious Mix Grill Platter if you can’t decide. There are also dosas and…
Top Choice Museum in Bhuj

Kachchh Museum

Opposite Hamirsar Tank, Gujarat’s oldest museum has eclectic and worthwhile displays spanning textiles, weapons, silverware, sculpture, wildlife, geography and dioramas of Kachchh tribal costumes and artefacts, with…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Bhuj

Toral

This stylish restaurant inside Hotel Prince gets packed at lunchtime as locals and visitors alike pile in for the excellent bottomless Gujarati thali.
Arts & Crafts in Bhuj

Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (Qasab)

Qasab is a grassroots organisation, comprising over 12,000 rural women (1200 artisans), that pays members a dividend of the profits and invests money to meet social needs. The embroidery and patchwork are exquisite,…
Textiles in Bhuj

Mr AA Wazir

If you’re interested in antique embroidery, contact Mr AA Wazir, opposite the General Hospital. He has a stunning collection of more than 3000 pieces, about half of which are for sale, and is happy to talk about his…
Textiles in Bhuj

Qasab

If you don't have time to visit the larger Qasab shop, this small outlet in the Hotel Prince lobby has a very good selection of well-priced, fair-trade, embroidered items from northern Kachchh of excellent quality –…
Palace in Bhuj

Prag Mahal

The largest of the three palaces within the Darbargadh walled complex, 19th-century Prag Mahal is in a forlorn state, damaged by an earthquake, but is worth visiting for its ghostly, exuberant Durbar Hall, with its …
Palace in Bhuj

Sharad Baug Palace

This graceful 1867 Italianate palace, set among shade trees full of crows and bats, was the abode of the last Maharao of Kachchh, Madansingh, until his death in 1991. It lost most of its 3rd floor in the 2001 earthq…