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Shri Swaminarayan Temple - 3 KM

Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Bhuj is one of the most magnificent temples you will ever come across in this part of the country. Since its first brick installation ceremony on May 7, 2003, it has taken 7 years for its completion. Based on a grand podium, the new temple faces east and is constructed mainly with pure, high-quality marble.

Expanding a 35,000-square-foot area, this temple has seven sky-touching pinnacles. It consists of one central dome, 25 minor domes, and 258 pillars. The peripheries, which are beautifully carved into the icy marble of Makrana and Ambaji, give it heavenly beauty, serenity, and a divine approach to the temple.

The Gujarat earthquake of January 2001 destroyed much of the city of Bhuj, including the side of the temple facing north, which was built by Lord Shri Swaminarayan. Miraculously, the divine idols remained as they were, without any damage whatsoever. With the previous temple being destroyed in the earthquake, this newly built temple boasts massive architecture with beautiful carvings and designs. The fact that the entire temple is made of marble and gold further adds to the grandeur of the temple.

Kutch Museum - 3 KM

The Kutch Museum is one of the oldest museums in Gujarat. The museum was established in 1877 as a school of arts by Maharao Sir Khengarji III. The present structure of the Kutch Museum was built to exhibit the wedding gifts of Maharao Sir Khengarji III; then, it was known as the Fergusson Museum. The stunning building of the museum is constructed in a typical Italian Gothic style of architecture by the mistris of Kutch under the supervision of state Gaidher, Jairam Ruda Gajdhar.

There are 11 major galleries in the museum, namely the picture gallery, anthropological section, archaeological section, textiles section, weapons section, music instruments section, shipping section, and stuffed animals section. Also, there is a section devoted to the tribal community where one can see ancient artifacts, folk arts, and crafts and information about tribal people, who are a major part of Kutch's history and culture.

Ramkund Stepwell - 3 KM

Across from the Kutch Museum and behind the Ram Dhun Temple, the Ramkund well is a square stepwell, 56 feet on a side, with sculptures portraying characters from the Ramayana, such as Lord Ram, Devi Sita, Lakshman, and Lord Hanuman, as well as the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Along the walls, on your walk down to the water, you experience a sudden calm and coolness not to be found on the road above, and in the quiet, you can pause for a while to reflect on your experience.

Sharad Bagh Palace - 4 KM

The King’s Residence right up to 1991, when the last king of Kutch, Mdansingh, died, is now a museum with beautiful gardens of many flowering and medical plants. Sharad Bagh Palace grounds house many migrating birds as they step for a rest on their way.

Bhujodi - 12 KM

A small town just a few kilometres southeast of Bhuj, Bhujodi is the major textile centre of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet wavers, tie-dye artists, and block printers, most of whom belong to the Vankar community. Many will let you watch them work; just ask around.

About a kilometre from Bhujodi are the Ashapura Crafts Parks, set up by a corporate non-profit wing to help artisans display and sell their work and organise dance and music events on weekends. Shrujan is a local non-profit set up 40 years ago to allow women to market their work better and earn a better living from it. The Shrujan is a local non-profit set up 40 years ago to allow women to market their work better and earn a better living from it. The Shrujan campus is an interesting place to visit, with an embroidery exhibit, a production centre, and excellent examples of local architecture with environmental awareness in mind.

Kadiya Dhro - 30 KM

Kadiya Dhro was selected by The New York Times as one of the "52 Best Places to Visit in 2021." The word Kadiya Dhro is derived from two different words: "Kadiya," which means an artisan, and "Dhrow," a Kutchi word used to identify a small pond in a river. Kadiya Dhro is an ideal spot to host a picnic. This location will give you plenty of space. The varied colours of rocks and peaks found here are truly intriguing and a paradise for visitors.
Regenta Resort Bhuj offers day-out packages to travel with your family and friends, including car hire along with local gujarati or kutchi food menu options. Visitors are requested not to litter the place, and crocodiles are spotted here. Visitors should not try swimming.

Mandvi Beach - 56 KM

Mandvi Beach is a golden-brown sprawl of sand along the southern tip of Kutch district in Gujarat. It lies south of Bhuj, the main junction. The beach lies along the namesake town that was once a thriving port for India. Mandvi city was founded in 1580 by the Rao of Kutch, Khengarji. Being an integral part, the skill of the Gujarati sailors was valued by many at that time. Even Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who discovered the Europe-to-India sea route in 1497, was accompanied by a Gujarati sailor. The calm beach is a refreshing addition for travelers to the town. Evenings are particularly great with the sunset and the bustle of snack stalls and balloon sellers.

Shri Bhadreshwar Jain Tirth - 60 KM

The temple is strikingly beautiful, all white marble with majestic pillars. Around the central one are 52 smaller shrines, one of which reputedly holds the original Parshavanath idol from 500 BC. Non-Jains cannot spend the night in the temple complex, but other lodging is available in town.

In addition to the Jain complex, there are also two mosques that are reliably dated to the late 12th century, meaning they predate the well-known Islamic architecture of Ahmedabad by 250 years or so, making them in all likelihood the first mosques built in India. Their existence indicates that Iranian seagoing traders arrived on the coast of Gujarat at least 50 years before Islam swept into Delhi by land. As such, they are much more stark, austere constructions, without the flowery embellishments of the later period, but they are also the first mosques to incorporate Indian architectural elements into Islamic constructions.

Vijay Villas Palace - 64 KM

Vijay Vilas Palace was built during the reign of Maharao Shri Khengarji III, the Maharao of Kachchh, as a summer resort for the use of his son and heir to the kingdom, Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraji, and is therefore named after him as Vijaya Vilas Palace. The palace is built with red sandstone. It has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plans of the palaces of Orchha and Datia. The palace is set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The carved stone works of Jalis, Jharokas, Chhatris, Chhajas, murals, and many other artistic stone carvings, coloured glass work on windows, and door panels have all been done by the architects and craftsmen from places like Jaipur, Rajasthan, Bengal, and Saurashtra, as well as the local Kachchhi artisan community, the Mistris of Kachchh and Suthars. The mixture and mingling of architecture and style from different regions of India, as such, can be distinctly seen in the design and architecture of the Vijaya Vilas Palace. The balcony at the top affords a superb view of the surrounding area. The tiny, intricate windows give one the feeling of being out in the open, through which cool sea wind passes out. The campus also houses the Chhatri of Vijayaraji, who died in 1948 and to whom this palace was very dear. Vijaya Vilas Palace has its own private beach, which offers air-conditioned tented accommodation. The royal families of Kachchh State now reside permanently in the palace, which was earlier used only as a summer resort.

Kalo Dungar (Black Hill) - 93 KM

Kalo Dungar, also known as Black Hill, is the tallest peak in the Kutch district of Gujarat. Located at 462 m above sea level, it is the best place for a panoramic view of the Rann of Kutch. Dhordo village and India Bridge (road straight from Khavda) are some of the places you can visit during your trip to Kalo Dungar.

Shree Ashapura Mata Temple - 93 KM

Shree Ashapura Mata Temple, a 14th-century temple, is dedicated to the chief deity of the Jadeja Rajputs, Ashapura Mata. The temple was commissioned under the rule of the Jadeja dynasty and was constructed by two Karad Vanias, Ajo and Anagor. Ashapura Devi Maa, an incarnation of Annapoorna Devi, is popular amongst her devotees as she fulfils the desires and wishes of people who pray to her in need. In Gujarat, many other communities worship her as a kuldevi.

Dholavira - 134 KM

Dholavira is one of the two most remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization, or Harappan culture, dating back to 4500 years ago. While the other site, Lothal, is more exhaustively educated and easier to reach, a visit to Lothal only complements, rather than replace, a visit to Dholavira. What this site offers you, in the intense environment that comes with being surrounded by the Great Rann of Kutch, is a unique insight into the pioneering Harappan mind, with one of the world’s first signboards, written in ancient Indus script.

Lakhpat - 134 KM

At the far northwest corner of Kutch, facing north across the Great Rann towards Pakistan, stands Lakhpat, once an important port city but now virtually abandoned for almost 200 years. A place where you can imagine the rise and decline of a great port city while simultaneously condemning the vast emptiness of the desert and the sea. Though it requires a long journey to reach Lakhpat, the intrepid traveller will be rewarded. The 7 km of walls, erected in 1801 by Jamadar Fateh Muhammed, are still nearly intact and offer a tremendous view out over the Rann. Due to the extremely clear desert air and remote location, the spectacular night sky (visit near the new moon for best stargazing) and sunrise or sunset in a landscape of such endless horizons are not to be missed.

Narayan Sarovar - 150 KM

Narayan Sarovar, a sprawling lake on the westernmost edge of India, has great spiritual significance. This is one of the 5 holy lakes of Hinduism, along with Mansarovar in Tibet, Pampa in Karnataka, Bhuvaneshwar in Orissa, and Pushkar in Rajasthan, and is considered a coveted place for a holy dip. An adjoining temple built by the wife of Maharao Desalji features shrines of Shri Trikamraiji, Laxminarayan, Govardhannathji, Dwarkanath, Adinarayan, Ranchodraiji, and Laxmiji. The origin of Narayan Sarovar dates back to the Puranas. It is said that there was a drought in the region, and Lord Vishnu appeared in response to ardent prayers by sages. When he touched the land with his toe, a lake was immediately created, alleviating the locals' misery. This is one of the holy lakes of Hinduism, along with Manasarovar in Tibet, Pampa in Karnataka, Bhuvaneshwar in Orissa, and Pushkar in Rajasthan.

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