The capital of Kutch is an interesting city, largely resurrected following the massive 2001 earthquake that destroyed most of the place. What makes it irresistible though is how it’s risen from the dust like a phoenix, welcoming travellers to explore its many charms.  It sells amazing Kachchh handicrafts, has historic buildings such as the Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal that are eerily beautiful, Bhuj is an ideal springboard for visits to the surrounding villages and to places of great natural beauty in the Great Rann, and the textile tourism attracting visitors from around the world.

Here are five places you must visit in Bhuj that’ll turn out to be a rewarding experience.:

Aina Mahal

The ‘hall of mirrors’ is located within the Darbargadh Complex, and houses a museum with a collection of paintings, mirrors, Chinese-styled tiles and memorabilia from the royal family.

Prag Mahal

Wander within the walled Darbargadh complex and you will come across Prag Mahal as well, which seems to ooze history and charm from its walls. This Italian-Gothic structure is definitely past its heydey, but is worth a visit nonetheless. Do peek into the Durbar Hall, which has statues as well as chandeliers that though broken, have lost none of their beauty.

Rani Mahal

The 17th-century Rani Mahal, the former main royal residence, is completely closed up, though you can admire the latticed windows of its zenana. It is particularly beautiful around sunset.

Kachchh museum

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Tapestry of Kachchh – ancient art preserved in the Kutchh Museum

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Did you know that Bhuj is home to the oldest museum in Gujarat? The Kachchh Museum houses, among all its other treasures, what is considered to be the largest collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, which date back to 1AD as well as dioramas that illustrate the tribal costumes of Kutch.

Ramkund Stepwell

Ramkund Stepwell is located right across from the museum. This square baori features sculptures of the characters from Ramayana, as well as depictions of the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu lining its walls.