There are many Places to visit in Bhuj like the heavenly beautiful shree swaminarayan temple bhuj, the unique Aina Mahal Bhuj, the famous picnic spot Hill Garden bhuj, the beautiful Hamirsar Lake Bhuj, the Prag Mahal Palace Bhuj, the holy Lake narayan sarovar bhuj, Bhuj Chattardi, Darbargadh Bhuj, etc. The Bhuj Tourist Places are listed below.
The first brick installation ceremony was on 7 May 2003. Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj took about 7 years for its completion. The inauguration ceremony of the Mandir held from 15 to 23 May 2010. The temple was built at a cost of 1 billion Indian rupees (100 crore) on 5 acres (20,000 square meter) of land. The whole new Mandir is built of pure marble and gold. This Mandir has seven pinnacles. This Mandir consists of one central dome. This Mandir has 25 minor domes and 258 pillars. This Bhuj Temple domes are made of gold. The doors of temple are also made of gold. The pillars and ceilings of this temple are made of pure quality marble. The edges of temple are beautiful and are carved into the pure white marble, which gives it a heavenly beauty and divine look to this temple. This Mandir is one of the unique Bhuj Tourist Places and among the best Places to visit in Bhuj.
Aina Mahal Bhuj was built in 1750 AD by Rao Lakhpatji. The design of this Mahal was made by Ramsingh Malam, who was a local craftsman. He was also the chief architect of this Mahal. During 18th century, the Rao Lakhpatji told Ramsingh Malam to go Europe and polish his skills and gain training in glass-making, enameling, tile making and iron founding. After gaining training in his art of interest Ramsingh Malam came back, and constructed the Aina Mahal. The Aina Mahal Bhuj is very attractive and unique. The walls of the Aina Mahal Bhuj are made up of good marbles. The hall of mirrors for which this palace is popular is made with the shades of glass called the Venetian glass. The walls of the hall of mirrors are made of pure marble and are covered with mirrors and ornaments. The floor of the hall of mirrors is made of good decorative tiles. There are a series of water fountains in the Aina Mahal Bhuj. The design of the palace was influenced from the European. The palace is a unique Indian palace and was built in the mid of eighteenth century and among the beautiful Places to visit in Bhuj.
Hill Garden Bhuj is a very beautiful garden in Bhuj. This garden is also called as Hanging Garden. This Hill Garden Bhuj is situated on hill top and area of garden is spread over 22 acres. This Hill Garden Bhuj is very popular as a weekend picnic spot, but also attracts many visitors every day. The main attraction of this garden is 85 feet long skeleton of a dead Blue Whale. The dead Blue Whale skeleton is housed in a dome shaped building, which has a huge gallery to see the Blue Whale. Hill Garden Bhuj especially attracts the children's because there is a merry-go round, giant wheels, frog jumping, Tom Tom games, car rides and bike rides for them. The garden is very crowded during Sundays and holidays. The garden also has facilities such as Amphitheater, Boating, restaurant, and museum. The opening ceremony of Hill Garden was done by chief minister Mr. Narendra Modi. There are auto services from Bhuj city to garden. People come here to spend some quality time with their family. A cactus garden will also be opened soon. There are many places to visit in this garden.
Hamirsar Lake Bhuj is very old lake about 450 years. This Hamirsar Lake Bhuj got its name from the founder of Bhuj named Rao Hamir. The lake came in to picture during the rule of Rao Khengarji, who was the founder of Jadeja rule. Rao Khengarji decided this place to make an oasis. They built canals and tunnels to collect water from three rivers, to satisfy the needs of Bhuj People. The area of this Hamirsar Lake Bhuj is about 28 acres. There is an island in the middle of Lake Hamirsar named Rajendra Park, which is grassy garden. Hamirsar Lake Bhuj is an interesting place to visit and rest. The surroundings of the Hamirsar Lake are very beautiful and attractive. People go there and walk around lake side, have fun such as swim in the lake, rest under trees, etc. Many women come there to wash their clothes. The Beautiful palace's like Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal, the very old and unique Kutch Museum, the heavenly Swaminarayan Temple and Ram Dhun Temple are only few distance from the Hamirsar Lake that is to the east of the lake and to the other side of lake is Sharad Baug palace, royal chhatardis. There are many places to visit near Hamirsar Lake.
On 1 July 1877, Maharao Khengarji III established a museum, which was previously a school of arts. The Kutch Museum Bhuj has a collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions of the first century AD. The main attractions of this museum are Gujarati Abhir inscription and old Kshatrap inscription. The Gujarati Abhir inscription is of the third century AD, and the old Kshatrap inscription was founded in Andhau. The Kutch Museum Bhuj has collections of unique coins, such as kori is a very old coin, which was the currency of Kutch and was used till 1948. There are very unique and very rare archeological facts such as Indus seals. The museum has displayed rare paintings of different occupations of the Kutch. The Kutch Museum Bhuj has also displayed musical instruments like Nagfani, Morchang, which also seek attraction of the people. The Kutch Museum Bhuj has also kept many rare ancient artifacts, ancient crafts made by the tribal people, folk arts, and materials which give the information about ancient peoples. The museum has also kept rare collections of embroidery work, rare Kutch silver, golden work, textiles, wood work, old utensils, arms, sculpture and unique metal work, paintings, musical instruments. The attraction is one of the best Bhuj Tourist Places.
Prag Mahal Palace Bhuj is very famous and unique Mahal in bhuj. Rao Pragmalji II Proposed to build a Mahal. The construction of this Mahal started in 1865. The Colonel named Henry Saint Wilkins designed this Mahal. Many Italian artisans and local Mistris of Kutch were also involved in the making of this Mahal. Prag Mahal Palace Bhuj was built in the Italian Gothic style. The Prag Mahal Bhuj got its name from Rao Pragmalji II, as he was the one who decided to build this Mahal. The artisans who were involved in the making of this Mahal were paid in the form of gold coins. In 1875, Pragmalji II died. The construction of this Mahal was completed in 1879, during the reign of Pragmalji II's son Khengarji III. The construction of Prag Mahal Palace Bhuj cost 3.1 million rupees. Peoples can climb the bell tower, from where you can view the whole city.
Narayan Sarovar Bhuj is the blessed pilgrimage place for Hindus. The distance from Bhuj to Narayan Sarovar is about 135 km. Narayan Sarovar Bhuj is one of the five blessed pond in India. Narayan Sarovar means the Lake of Narayan, which is another name of Vishnu, is the blessed lake of India. There are unique temples of Trikamraiji, Laxminarayan, Govardhannathji, Dwarkanath, Adinarayan, Ranchodraiji and Laxmiji. People come here to worship the gods. There is also Koteshwar Temple just 4 km from this place.
Darbargadh Bhuj is a unique palace complex. Darbargadh symbolizes the art and culture of Bhuj. The design of Darbargadh Bhuj is very unique and attractive. The interiors and structure of this Darbargadh Bhuj is unique and beautiful, which was influenced by the European style and are eighteenth and nineteenth centuries old. This palace also houses the beautiful Aina Mahal. Darbargadh Bhuj was built for princes of Kutch. In the 2001 earthquake, the palace was severely damaged, but now has been reconstructed by INTACH that is Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage.
The Bhuj Chattardi is a very peaceful and popular place. The Bhuj Chattardi is also called as cenotaphs complex. Bhuj Chattardi is made up of red stones. This Chattardi was built in the shape of polygon. This complex also has balconies and the roof structure is very complex. The tomb of Rao Lakha is the largest and best one of all the tombs, which was built in 1770. Other interesting cenotaphs are the ones of Rao Rayadhan, Rao Desai and Rao Pragmal. The monuments were damaged due to earthquake. Some monuments of Lakhpatji, Raydhanji II and Desarji were undamaged. This Chattardi located to the southwest of Hamirsar lake, about 20 minutes' walk able distance from Hamirsar lake.