A capital of erstwhile Kutch state and at present main city of Kutch District. It is situated at the foot of the 580 feet high Bhujiya Hill. It was very badly ruined in the disastrous earthquake of 2001 and now it is a beautiful new Bhuj city taking breadth in a new environment.
This Gorgeous palace is the amalgamation construction of the Gothic culture of Italian system architecture and traditional Indian architecture. Following are the divisions of Praag Mahal :
“Aina Mahal”, “Raj Vatika”, “Excellent clock-Tower”, “Teela Medi”, “Panchatan Dargah”, “Rani-Mahal”, “Dhaneshwar Mahadev Temple”.
These are worth-seeing places, and fine mansions of this palace.
Oldest museum in Gujarat State, encompassing beautiful pieces of sculptures, samples of handicrafts, products of old traditional small-scale industries of Kutch , etc are worth-seeing Master–Pieces of Kutch.
It is a botanical garden, having several herbal rare trees and plants, varieties of colored flowers, and a nursery. There is a yellow-coloured palace situated at the center of the garden. There is a replica of “Sun-Temple” of Kotaay village is also a worth-seeing master Piece of art.
It is an ancient equivalent word of local dialect for English word “Umbrella”. it is a unique, incomparable, cultural sculptures heritage of the erstwhile Kutch State , constructed in the memory of the Maharao Shree Lakhpat Singh Ji of Kutch state.
Hajiroa Of Jamadar Fateh Mohamad
He was well-known as Cromwell of Kutch. In his memory, this worth-seeing piece of architecture,made up of wood and stone, was constructed. By the side of this monument, there is one primary school, named as “ Naniba – pathshala”, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for some time during his visit to Kutch state in 1925 A.D.
This is the heart of Bhuj city, where Rajendra Park is situated at the center of this wide beautiful lake. Several birds are seen here in various seasons.
Swaminarayan Temple / Bhuj Nutan Mandir
There are two temples of this biggest religious sect of Kutch, “ Smruti-Mandir”, old temple ruined due to an earthquake and in its place, a new very big temple is constructed at other location.
Maa Ashapura Temple
An ancestry goddess of Kutch area, Maa Ashapura’s temple is a place of faith of all the Kutch people.
It is a unique water-basin of stone structure of square size with several steps leading to water from all sides and decorated by idols of GOD and Goddesses. This kund’s shape is similar to all the kunds of various sun-temples of India, which gives an indication that there must have been a “sun-temple” on the Westside, adjoins kund, but to-day there is no indication of “sun-temple”, but if excavation is done, then foundation of “sun-temple” may be available.
OTHER WORTH SEEING PLACES OF BHUJ CITY.
Hill Garden, Jain dada wadi, Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan, Mosque of Mohemed Pannahi, Old vegetable market, new mint building, Alfred high school, Kalyaneshwara Temple, Mota Pur place, Chadwa Rakhaal Civil Hospital.
Temple of Mataji, Hill-Claded picnic spot. Bird-watching can be done around the huge dam, also nearby there is one Devisar lake for bird-watching.
Other nearby places are as follows: Nana Yaksha Temple, Sooral Bhit, Mahadev Temple at Dosa, Shiv-paras Temple-cum-picnic spot, A temple called Laherwala Hanuman, Mochirai, Vishveshwar Temple, Palara Temple, Hanuman Temple of Dhola-waa. Hira Laxmi Park at Bhujodi in world famous for handicrafts.
Laakho Fulani of this place was a brave warrior and he fought with an almighty king of Gujarat, named Mulraj Solanki. There is an ancient fort near Kera village. Ancient Shiva Temple is as old as the 1200 year, made of Mahagurfar architecture. Such an old Temple is worth-seeing. There is Dargah of Pir Gulam Ali Shah of Khoja sect. Kapil Muni’S hermitage is also situated in this village.
In olden days people used to cross the big desert on foot between Sindh and Kutch. It was the very painful journey and people miss the track and wonder here and there and then die of no water and no food. To help such people a saint called Mekaran Dada trained his dog and donkey to help such people. Water and food were loaded on donkey and dog searched for needy people. Mekaaran Dada, his dog, and the donkey died at this place so people have Samadhi for all the three at this place. Thus it has become a pilgrimage place for the people to pay homage to Mekaran Dada, a dog, and a donkey.Every year Three-day fair is arranged around Mahashivratri at this place to celebrate sacred message given by Mekarana Dada, A dog, and a donkey to help needy people, irrespective of caste, creed , and sex. This place is famous for a divine person and divine land.
Mataji Temple is situated here. It’s an inexhaustive source of water. Ahir hand embroidery is also famous here.
Ramayan era, a story of “Shravan” is famous. He visited this place with his parents.
So a hermitage is prepared here in memory of “Shravan”. He was carrying his parents on “Khavda” – a similar to balance- so “Shravan Kavadia” is the name given to this hermitage.
Well before the Solanki era of Gujarat, a famous ancient culture temple of Sun and Lord Shiva are worth seeing at this place. Ahir hand embroidery is also very famous.
Black Hill / Kado Dungar
Western saint Guru Dattatraya’s sacred steps, the beautiful temple as well as natural beautiful surroundings around this hill are eye-catching spots. This hill has 1552 feet height, tallest hill of Kutch District. A Defense check post of border security force is there on this Hill. It is an ideal trekking sight. A very clear view of the very long area of sea as well as vast area of desert. Sea-desert-and foot valley of the hill makes a beautiful triangle here. Nearby there is the place called “KURAN” where remains of Haddapan civilization are available here. Black-Hill is also known as “Kalo-Doongar” is like a Kailash mountain of Kutch.
It is a north frontier of Kutch district . It is famous for hand block printing of Textile, leather hand work, Neran handicraft Soofi handicrafts, Packko handicraft and several similar handicraft are famous of this place. It is also famous for animal husbandry and for “ Flemingo City” is the north area of –Khavda.
It is an white stone hill . It is famous for ancient stone inscription and famous mine of yellow stone, which is used in the construction of temple of Hindu and jain religions. Four numbers of tribute to them graves of the year 976, lying in row, are also lying in this village. Allakot and sati-maata martyr- memory stone inscriptions, are also unique structures of this area. Ancient wells, water basin for animals and Mahi grave-yard are also to be seen as ancient heritage.
Cone – shaped house (local name Bhungo) made of grass as well as sweet solid- cream of milk (Meetho Maavo)., handicraft, and a mirrored embedded embroidery by hand’s skill, are the famous articles of this village.
CHAADWA RAKHAAL :
There is one lake near samatra village, which is a famous picnic spot. This lake stores crocodiles. These is one , royal family owned, private hunting sport area. The vegetation in this area is good for bird watching. Because it is private property, permission is to be obtained from Royal family, for visiting Chaadwa Rakhaal.
This is famous for cone-shaped house (local bame Bhungo), made of grass in an artistic style, all types of traditional handicrafts like leather work, hand embroidery work,paako ghorado, soofi hand handicraft , Neran handicraft.
“Jat” Style of hand made handicraft as well as hand-made leather articles is very much famous. Kala Raksa institute run by a N.G.O . kala raksa is furnished in local art and sells the quality products. Worth watching place in sumrasar .
All traditional hand made handicrafts of Kutch are famous , which are made in this village.
This village is famous for hand-made bronze metal bells of various sizes, which gives sweet tones of varying frequencies, Also hand-made leather work is very good.
This is a famous place for pilgrimage for three sects-Bhanushali, Kadva – Patidar and yogeshwar pariwaar, for paying homage to their respective deity temples , established here . Eye catching lake with temple of Lord Rama, Goddess Umiya Maata and hermitage “ Ishwar Ashram” are surrounding this decent lake from four sides. It is a picnic spot also.
It is famous for woolen shawl, suteswar mahadev temple and Maa Ashapura temple on the hill. This village is surrounded by hillocks, which gives natural beauty to this place.
DHAMAKADA- AJARAKHPUR :
Its unique ajarkh type of printing is very much famous as the only printing of kutch which is no where it is printed. Hand made block is also famous.
It is one of the most famous pilgrimage places of INDIA. It is situated at the border of the desert and belongs to Soofi saints of Islamic religion. Martyr Ali Akbarshah Zakaria fought for saving the cows and gave his life for this purpose, hence he is famous as “Haji-Pir”, In hindu calendar month “Chaitra” , a big fair is arranged every year and both Hindus as well as Muslims attend this fair. It is an example of communal Harmony of Kutch.