Weekend Getaways from BhujWhen you decide to visit Bhuj you have already made the setting for a lifetime experience. Bhuj has a lot of beautiful monuments, grand temples and marvelous forts near it which near witness to the glorious culture of the Jadeja warriors and the Maharao clan. Bhuj is great for a one day trip but there are wonderful options for weekend getaways from Bhuj as well.
When you decide to go for a breath of fresh air you can explore the following option and go for a weekend trip from Bhuj.
Bhuj to MandviMandvi is a beautiful place which is to the South of Bhuj. Your first stop should be Shyamji Krishna Verma Memorial which is near the Mandvi Beach. The ship building yard of Mandvi stands on the banks of Rukmavati River. Hundreds of craftsmen assemble here to make the various parts that go into the making of a ship. Zorba the Buddha is the biggest restaurant in Mandvi with a great spread of Italian, continental and Chinese cuisine. Satisfy your hunger pangs here before heading off to the other destinations of Mandvi. The Mandvi Beach is close to the town market place and right opposite to the Vijay Vilas Palace. It’s a lovely experience to swim in the pristine blue waters and relax in the air conditioned tents that are set on the shore.
How to Reach Mandvi from Bhuj
It will take you 4 hours to reach Mandvi from Bhuj by car. Mandvi is an important town of Gujarat and is well connected by rail and Volvo buses too.
Bhuj to Little Rann of KutchLittle Rann of Kutch has a completely different topography, structure and climate from the Great Rann of Kutch. An abundance of wild Asses which are one of the endangered species of animals in India are found here. The little Rann of Kutch is one of the biggest salt generators in India and you must see and experience the way salt is cultivated from the rich soil deposits in the Rann. A visit to the Wild Ass sanctuary is a must when you visit little Rann of Kutch. There are a profusion of striped jackals, one legged storks and wild Asses here in this ecological conservation space. If you are in this area between the months of October and March then you can see thousands of Pelicans brightening up the otherwise delicate landscape.
How to Reach Little Rann of Kutch from Bhuj
It will take you four hours to reach little Rann of Kutch from Bhuj by car. Alternatively you can undertake a 5 hour journey to Ahmedabad from Bhuj and then drive down to Little Rann of Kutch.
Bhuj to JunagadhRarely does a place compress so many attractions and tourist opportunities at one site as Junagadh. Just before you reach Junagadh you will see the monumental mount Girnar that is characterized by a 9999 step stairway that climbs amidst lofty peaks which are speckled with many famous temples. Another great attraction of Junagadh is the Naghavan Kuvo which is an ancient step well that is 170 feet under the sea level. Junagadh is supposed to be a religious and cultural hotspot for many races; Buddhists, Jains, Muslims and Hindus. There is a magnificient fort in Junagadh that dates back to the Rajputana era and is a great tourist attraction. The most famous attraction of Junagadh however still remains the Asiatic lions that reside in the Gir national park.
How to Reach Junagadh from Bhuj
Junagadh lies to the North of Bhuj and the best way to reach it are by train or car. There are also A.C Volvo buses which will take you from Bhuj to Junagadh in five hours.
Bhuj to MorbiMorbi is a tiny but extremely pretty little town nestling alongside the banks of Macchu river in Bhuj. There is an intricate mix of European and traditional Indian architecture in Morbi right from the famous suspension bridge of Morbi and the Art Deco Palace of Morbi. The Art Deco Palace in particular deserves a special mention because it was quoted by the United Nations Archeological Survey to have one of the best examples of Art Deo Movement in India. Apart from all these places, Morbi has the intricately carved Darbargandh Palace which is now established as a well known museum.
How to Reach Morbi from Bhuj
Morbi has its own railway station and is well connected to Bhuj. The distance between Bhuj and Morbi is 171 km. There are A.C Volvo buses which will take you to Morbi from Bhuj.
Bhuj to BhadreswarIt will take you only 3 hours to reach Bhadreswar from Bhuj town as it too lies on the south of Bhuj. Bhadreswar has many references in the religious text of Hinduism like Mahabharata where it was known as Bhadrawati. The Bhadreswar Jain Temple is a temple is built using the traditional Kutch style of architecture. Chanakya Mahadev Temple in Bhadreswar is near the sea shore and is supposed to be situated near a square shaped well which was established by the Pandavas around 5000 years ago. Duda Masjid in Bhadreswar is one of the oldest examples of Islamic architecture in India and archeologists say that the Duda Masjid is one of the first mosques in India. Jain Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in this area so you should Sample the delicious Jain thali in the Jain restaurant near Bhadreswar market.
How to Reach Bhasreswar from Bhuj
You will reach Bhadreswar in 2-3 hours from Bhuj. Bhadreswar is well connected via local train service and A.C Volvo bus service.
Bhuj to AnjarMake sure that you visit the picturesque town of Anjar which is 100 km away from Bhuj, one of your weekend escapades. Anjar is known for its beautiful temples which are reminiscent of the architecture of Khajuraho. Jesal and Toral Temple is a must visit for all love birds and romantic couples. This is perhaps the only temple of India that has such an interesting and romantic history. The Jesal and Toral temple stands testimony to the power of love and practically identifies the town of Anjar since then.
How to Reach Anjar from Bhuj
It will take you 3-3.5 hours to reach Anjar from Bhuj and the road is quite good thanks to the proactive measures taken by the Gujarat government. Anjar does not have its own railway station. However there is a bus service that shuttles between Bhuj and Anjar 4 times in a week.
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