Welcome to Bhuj


Bhuj is also an ideal springboard for visits to the surrounding villages and to places of superb natural beauty in the Great Rann, and textile tourism is attracting visitors from around the world.

The Jadeja Rajputs who took control of Kachchh in 1510 made Bhuj their capital 29 years later, and it has remained Kachchh’s most important town ever since (it's still the region's capital). In 2001 a massive earthquake left Bhuj almost completely destroyed. Today the city has been largely rebuilt, though it lost much of its historic architecture and some of the palaces retain the scars of that fateful day.


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$850 Cultural & Theme Tours

Handicrafts in Gujarat - Rich Craft Heritage of Gujarat

Handicrafts in Gujarat – Craft Heritage of Gujarat HighlightsVisit Calico Museum of Textiles, one of India’s leading specialized textile museumsExperience the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace at Gondal which houses the erstwhile ruling family’s private collectionVisit Jetpur for screen and block printing workshops and a yarn-dyeing centerStopover at Rajkot for Watson Museum and Rashtriya Shala, the hand-weaving communityExplore craft villages around Bhuj for distinctive styles of embroidery and other handiwork like weaving, block-printing, Rogan Painting, etcVisit tie-and-dye center at Mandvi, a 400-year old shipyard and an exquisite Jain Temple complexGet amazed at Bhungas and Rabari embroidery at MandviEn-route visit Wadhwan for tie-and-dye, weaving and metal craftsExplore villages around Little Rann of Kutch for Tribal craft and cultureDay trip to Patan to watch the Salvis at work on the Patola, one of the richest silk textiles in the worldInclusionsAccommodation in a double / twin room with Breakfast (Except in Bhuj, Mandvi, and Dasada)Monument Entry Fees1 Safari in Little Rann of KutchA car with experienced driver on disposal for 11 days – AC Toyota InnovaPackaged water in the carAll currently applicable taxesExclusionsAny airfare or train fareAny meals other than those specified in ‘Cost Includes’Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, etc.India visa chargesTravel insuranceExpert Travel OpinionHouse of MG in Old City area of Ahmedabad is renowned for its two ethnic cuisine restaurants. “Green House” serves local Gujarati snacks and ice creams and “Agashiye” is an iconic restaurant serving wholesome Gujarati set meal (popularly known as a “Thali”). Extremely popular!Vishala, a village themed ethnic cuisine restaurant is a popular outdoor dining option in Ahmedabad for travellers for winter evenings. The Utensil Museum is situated within the Vishala premises and hence, it is popular for travellers interested in Handicrafts in Gujarat to spend the evenings at Vishala after visiting the Utensil Museum.Rajkot is one of the hubs for Kathiawari Cuisine, the ethnic cuisine of the Saurashtra region. At Rajkot, you may opt for the renowned Vegetarian Thali Lunch at Hotel Grand Thakar for an authentic taste of ethnic cuisine of the region. Kutch region around Bhuj has its own unique ethnic cuisine. At Bhuj you may opt for the renowned Vegetarian Kutchi Thali Lunch at Hotel Prince for an authentic taste of ethnic cuisine of the region, while absorbing the intricacies of the handicrafts in Gujarat.

$437 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Amazing Gujarat

Day 1: ArrivalOn the day of arrival at Ahmedabad airport, a representative will assist you at airport and later transfer to your hotel for night stay. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad visit Gandhi Ashram, City Museum and Hathising Jain Temple. Evening proceed to visit Adalaj Step Well and Akshardham Temple. Overnight at Hotel.Day 2: Ahemedabad - Rajkot (265 Kms / 4 Hrs)Today morning after breakfast at hotel, later check out from hotel and proceed for Rajkot. Upon arrival at Rajkot check in your hotel for night stay. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Rajkot visit to Gandhi's residence, (Bapu stayed here in Rajkot during his early years of life) also visit Gandhi Smriti, Gandhiji's School and Rashtriya Shala. Rest of the day free to leisure activities or free for shopping at Bangdi Bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.Day 3: Rajkot - Gondal (167 Kms / 4 Hrs)Today morning after breakfast at hotel, later check out from hotel and drive to Gondal. Upon arrival at Gondal check in your hotel for night stay. Later afternoon proceed for Gondal Sightseeing tour visit the Navlakha Palace, which houses the erstwhile ruling family's private collection of bead work, textiles, brassware, hand-painted toys and silver crafts, the center promoting weaving at Gondal, and the historic buildings of Gondal. Rest of the day free to leisure activities. Overnight at Hotel.Day 04: Gondal - Bhuj (271 Kms / 5 Hrs)Today morning after breakfast at hotel, later check out from hotel and drive to Bhuj. Upon arrival at Bhuj check in your hotel for night stay. Later afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Bhuj visit Aina Mahal Museum, Pragmahal Museum. A.A. Wazir’s (National Award Winner Artiest) Textiles Museum Shop. Rest of the day free to leisure activities. Overnight at Hotel. Day 05: Departure from BhujToday morning after breakfast at hotel, later check out from hotel and transfer to Bhuj Airport to board the flight to your home.

$1305 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Vibrant Gujarat

Day 1 : Arrival at AhmedabadArrival at Ahmedabad and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit the city, take a heritage walk in the old city and walk through the Swminarayan Temple, Old Bazaar and finish at Jama Mosque. Later visit Siddhi Sayyed Mosque & Jain Temple. Overnight.Day 2 : Ahmedabad - Patan - Modhera - Dasada (208 Km,5 Hours)Breakfast in Hotel start the day with the visit of Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi. Continue to Dasada and enroute visit the historical city of Patan and its magnificent step well and the Sun Temple at Modhera. Continue to Dasada. Check in and overnight.Day 3 : Dasada - Bhuj (280 Km,7 Hours)Morning safari in the Little Rann of Kutch, an expanse of salty water and mud. The region is rich in animals like antelopes, wild donkeys, gazelles, desert foxes, pelicans, flamingos, cranes and storks., In the afternoon, transfer to Bhuj. Check in and overnight.Day 4 : Bhuj In the morning, Visit of desert villages inhabited by colourful tribes. These villages are famous for their precious craft activities such as ornaments made by ancient method of metallurgy, lacquered wood and fine embroidery on cloth. Overnight.Day 5 : Bhuj - Rajkot (160 Km, 4 Hours) Transfer to Rajkot,enroute visit a traditional weaving centre. Afternoon visit Gondal Palace and the Swaminarayan Temple. Dinner with an Indian family. Check in and overnight.Day 6 : Rajkot - Junagadh – Sasangir (160 km, 4 Hours) Morning drive to Junagarh, visit the imposing fort and the Buddhist caves with the edict of Ashoka and the Mausoleum of Mahabat Maqbara. Proceed to Sasangir. Visit the village of Siddhi Community. Check in and overnight.Day 7 : Sasangir - Somnath - Diu (150 Km,3 Hours) Morning safari in the Gir National Park, home of now rare Asian lion. Afternoon drive to Diu with a stop for the visit of the famous Somnath temple. An important Hindu pilgrimage center. Arrive at Diu, visit the former Portuguese colony. Enjoy a visit of its colourful Markets, San Paolo church, and old Portuguese fortCheck in and overnight.Day 8 : Diu - Bhavnagar (200 Km,5 Hours)Morning visit the Fish Market in the village of Vanakabra. An experience for life. Afternoon departure for Bhavnagar. Check in and overnight.Day 9 : Bhavnagar- Palitana - Bhavnagar Full day excursion to Palitana, An important Jain pilgrimage centre with 800 temples. These temples are located on the sacred Satrunjaya hill at the height of 2000 metres. Return to the hotel. Overnight.Day 10 : Bhavnagar - Lothal - Ahmedabad Departure for Bhavnagar, along the way stop to visit Lothal, An important archaeological site of Harappa and Mohen Jo Daro civilization which used to serve as a port.proceed to Ahmedabad, Afternoon free for shopping. Later transfer to airport for international departures.

$350 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Rann Utsav Kutch

Day – 1  –  Dhordo Arrival at Bhuj at station/airport we shall depart for Dhordo.12:30 P.M.                             -           Welcome and check in.12:30 P.M. to 02:00 P.M.    -           Lunch at Dining Area02:00 P.M. to 04:30 P.M.    -           Shopping/Adventure Time.04:30 P.M. to 05:00 P.M.    -           Evening Hi Tea05:00 P.M. to 07:30 P.M.    -           Visit to White Rann08:00 P.M. to 09:30 P.M.    -           Dinner at Dining Area09:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.    -           Cultural Activities followed by Grand Housie at White Rann  Resort.                                                        Day – 2 –  Dhordo06:30A.M.                              -           Morning visit to White Rann.07:30 A.M. to 09:00 A.M.   -           Breakfast at Dining Area09:30A.M. to 12:30 P.M.     -           Leisure/Recreational Activities at the Resort.12:30 P.M. to 02:00 P.M.    -           Lunch at Dining Area02:00 P.M. to 03:00 P.M.    -           Leisure/Recreational Activities at the Resort.03:00 P.M. to 08:00 P.M.    -           Complimentary Tour to Kalo Dungar & Gandhi nu Gam08:00 P.M. to 09:30 P.M.    -           Dinner at Dining Area09:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.    -           Cultural Activities followed by Grand Housie at White Rann Resort. Day – 3  –  Dhordo 07:30 A.M. to 09:00 A.M.   -           Breakfast at Dinning Area 09:30 A.M.                             -           Check out and Departure for Bhuj with Complimentary Sightseeing

$276 Kid Friendly

02 Nights & 03 Days Tour Of Bhuj

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival in Bhuj Pass By: ILARK HOTELUpon arrival in Bhuj, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel I-Lark, Bhuj.Stop At: Prag Mahal Palace, Bhuj, Kutch District, GujaratIn the afternoon visit the Italian-Gothic style Prag Mahal Palace that was built in 1838. It took 10 years to get built. Several Italian artisans were involved in its construction. Much of the palace was destroyed by an earthquake but what remains is still quite fascinating. There is a bell tower that overlooks the city, and a courtyard containing a Hindu temple.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Aaina Mahal PalaceNext visit Aaina Mahal Palace that was built in 1750. It is a two story building with a Darbar Hall, Hall of Mirrors, and suites for the royal family. The palace was designed by a craftsman who trained for 17 years in Europe. The palace is designed on an Indo-European fusion style of architecture. All the construction materials were sourced locally. The fountains, mirrors and glass-work are still spectacular. A pendulum clock that is in sync with the Hindu calendar and doors inlaid with gold and ivory are some other attractions of the palace. The palace remains closed on Thursdays.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kutch Museum, Bhuj, Kutch District, GujaratAlso visit the Kutch Museum, the oldest museum in Gujarat that dates back to 1877.This museum is built in the Italian style and is located in the picturesque surroundings of Lake Hamirsar. The museum has a large collection of ancient inscriptions, various archaeological objects, arms and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region. The museum remains closed on Wednesdays and 2nd and 4th Saturdays.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Hotel I-Lark, Bhuj.Day 2: Day Excursion of villages around BhujPass By: ILARK HOTELAfter breakfast, proceed on a full-day tour exploring some of the villages around Bhuj. The tour offers an insight into the traditions and the daily life of the artisans whose work is integral to the culture of the regionStop At: Nirona Branch Post OfficeThe village of Nirona is the only place in the world where the tradition of Rogan art is still practised - a method of producing dyes from natural resources and castor oil and creating intricate and long-lasting designs on silk and cotton. Nirona also offers the chance to see artisans making copper bells and practising wood lacquering. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Dhordo Kutch Rann Utsav 2018-19The village of Dhordo provides an opportunity to see Bandhani tie and dye printing, block-printing and the intricate embroidery and embellished bead and mirror-work that encapsulates the folk culture of Gujarat.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: KACHCHH KASABLudia is one of the most beautiful villages in India. The colorfully decorated houses with equally attractive embroidery work on display provide a glimpse into the vibrant culture of this community. The walls of the houses are painted with simple yet attractive motifs. The attire of the village folk is equally colorful.Return back to Bhuj by evening. Overnight stay at Hotel I-Lark, Bhuj.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Hotel I-Lark, Bhuj.Day 3: Airport, BhujPass By: Bhuj AirportAfter breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$276 Kid Friendly

02 Nights & 03 Days Tour of Bhuj

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival in Bhuj Pass By: Bhuj AirportUpon arrival in Bhuj, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel I-Lark, Bhuj.Stop At: Prag Mahal Palace, Bhuj, Kutch District, GujaratIn the afternoon visit the Italian-Gothic style Prag Mahal Palace that was built in 1838. It took 10 years to get built. Several Italian artisans were involved in its construction. Much of the palace was destroyed by an earthquake but what remains is still quite fascinating. There is a bell tower that overlooks the city, and a courtyard containing a Hindu templeDuration: 1 hourStop At: Aaina Mahal PalaceNext visit Aaina Mahal Palace that was built in 1750. It is a two story building with a Darbar Hall, Hall of Mirrors, and suites for the royal family. The palace was designed by a craftsman who trained for 17 years in Europe. The palace is designed on an Indo-European fusion style of architecture. All the construction materials were sourced locally. The fountains, mirrors and glass-work are still spectacular. A pendulum clock that is in sync with the Hindu calendar and doors inlaid with gold and ivory are some other attractions of the palace. The palace remains closed on Thursdays.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kutch Museum, Bhuj, Kutch District, GujaratAlso visit the Kutch Museum, the oldest museum in Gujarat that dates back to 1877.This museum is built in the Italian style and is located in the picturesque surroundings of Lake Hamirsar. The museum has a large collection of ancient inscriptions, various archaeological objects, arms and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region. The museum remains closed on Wednesdays and 2nd and 4th SaturdaysDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel I-Lark, BhujDay 2: Day Excursion of villages around BhujPass By: ILARK HOTELAfter breakfast, proceed on a full-day tour exploring some of the villages around Bhuj. The tour offers an insight into the traditions and the daily life of the artisans whose work is integral to the culture of the region. Stop At: Nirona cricket groundThe village of Nirona is the only place in the world where the tradition of Rogan art is still practised - a method of producing dyes from natural resources and castor oil and creating intricate and long-lasting designs on silk and cotton. Nirona also offers the chance to see artisans making copper bells and practising wood lacqueringDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Dhordo Kutch Rann Utsav 2018-19The village of Dhordo provides an opportunity to see Bandhani tie and dye printing, block-printing and the intricate embroidery and embellished bead and mirror-work that encapsulates the folk culture of GujaratDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Kutch Home Art And CraftLudia is one of the most beautiful villages in India. The colorfully decorated houses with equally attractive embroidery work on display provide a glimpse into the vibrant culture of this community. The walls of the houses are painted with simple yet attractive motifs. The attire of the village folk is equally colorful.Return back to Bhuj by evening. Overnight stay at Hotel I-Lark, Bhuj.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Hotel I-Lark, Bhuj.Day 3: Airport, BhujPass By: Bhuj AirportAfter breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flightMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.