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Bhuj Extended Getaway (3 Nights)

Rajkot, Bhuj, Rajkot

for Family Traveller, Getaway Seeker

Holiday Overview

Swaminarayan Temple
Aina Mahal (Photo Courtesy: calliopejen)
Aina Mahal Corridor (Photo Courtesy: calliopejen)
Mata No Madh - Ashapura temple
Mandvi Beach
72 Jinalaya
Vijay Vilas Palace Mandvi
White Desert
At White Desert

Bhuj Extended Getaway is an extended itinerary for Bhuj for Desert, craft villages and pilgrimage around the area.

Route

Bhuj(3)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive at Rajkot. Late Afternoon excursion to White Desert.
  • Day-2 Half day Excursion to Mandvi. Bhuj sightseeing in afternoon.
  • Day-3 Full day excursion to visit Mata No Madh, Koteshwar Temple, Narayan Sarovar and Lakhpat.
  • Day-4 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Bhuj - Chattardi (1.00 kms), Kutch Museum (1.00 kms), Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj (2.00 kms), 72 Jinalaya (51.00 kms), Vijay Vilas Palace (55.00 kms), Mandvi Beach (60.00 kms), Kala Dungar (70.00 kms), White Desert (80.00 kms), Mata No Madh - Ashapura Temple (95.00 kms), Lakhpat (135.00 kms), Narayan Sarovar (150.00 kms), Koteshwar Temple (155.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Rajkot Departure - Rajkot
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Mandvi, an idyllic beach at 60 kms form Bhuj is popularly combined with Bhuj.

Distances
  • Rajkot to Bhuj -240 kms (5 hrs)
  • Bhuj to Rajkot -240 kms (5 hrs)
Route

Rajkot - Bhuj(3) - Rajkot

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive at Rajkot. Late Afternoon excursion to White Desert. Arrive in Rajkot and Travel to Bhuj. Bhuj is base point to visit White Desert, craft villages and pilgrimage areas in Kutch. Afternoon visit to Dhordo (80 kms - 1.5 hours) for the White Desert (2 km from Dhordo). During desert festival period (Nov - March) one can even participate in the festival. Time permitting visit Kala Dungar, India Bridge (last civilian point before the Pak border).

Day-2 Half day Excursion to Mandvi. Bhuj sightseeing in afternoon. Half day Excursion to Mandvi (60 kms - 1 hour). Mandvi is renowned for its idyllic beaches, Vijay Vilas Palace Estate and 72 Jinalaya (a renowned Jain temples having 72 temples within one). Return to Bhuj by afternoon and Afternoon for a visit to Swaminarayan temple, Kutch Museum and Chhattardi (Heritage Site).

Day-3 Full day excursion to visit Mata No Madh, Koteshwar Temple, Narayan Sarovar and Lakhpat. Full day excursion to Mata no madh (Ashapura Mata Temple), Koteshwar Mahadev (Shiva Temple), Narayan Sarovar (Holy Lake) and Lakhpat (Pilgrimage for Muslims and Sikhs). Return by evening.

Day-4 Departure Proceed for the onward Journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Bhuj :

  • Chattardi - Chttardi is a cenotaph complex near Bhuj build of red stones, oldest being built in 1770 AD. This is a popular visit option for travellers.

  • Kutch Museum - Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat, founded in 1877, it has the largest existing collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, dating to the 1st century AD, as well as examples of the extinct Kutchi script and an interesting collection of coins. A section of the museum is devoted to tribal cultures. The museum also has exhibits of embroidery, paintings, arms, musical instruments, sculpture and precious metalwork.

  • Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj - Swaminarayan Temple was built post earth quake of 2001 and is one that exhibits impressive architecture as quite a few other swaminarayan temple. The area overlooks lakes and therefore pleasing and quiet for a visit.

  • 72 Jinalaya - 72 Jinalaya is a Jain Pilgrimage at 11 kms from Mandvi and 51 kms from Bhuj and is home to 72 Deris of Lord Mahavir. It is situated on the Mundra-Mandvi Road spread over 80 acre of area.

  • Vijay Vilas Palace - Vijay Vilas Palace is a Palace estate at 5 kms from Mandvi town centre overlooking Mandvi beach at the distance and is visited for its impressive Vijay Vilas Palace. Vijay Vilas Palace interiors depict the heritage character and royal living. The rooftop offers excellent views of the estate and the Mandvi beach beyond.

  • Mandvi Beach - The Private beach of the Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi Beach is maintained by the tourism department and is one of the most pristine and idyllic beaches in India. It has been the location for many film shootings.

  • Kala Dungar - Kala dungar is a hill and the highest point in Kutch area which is home to a locally significant Lord Dattatreya temple. The hill offers excellent views of the desert around.

  • White Desert - The Great Rann of Kutch, is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat. Dhordo Village, 80 kms from Bhuj is now renowned as one visited for its desert with a white sheen, for being the the largest salt desert in the world. The White Sheen on the desert is unique and therefore attracts visitors in large numbers. Dhorodo village is also centre for Mutua embroidery (small mirrors, leather embroidery and silver jewellery). Guests can puchase handicrafts directly from the artisans here.

  • Mata No Madh - Ashapura Temple - Mata no Madh is name of the place, where the famous temple of Ashapura Mata, the head deity of Kutch stands at 95 km from Bhuj. The temple was built in 14th century and now considered a must visit for any one hailing from Kutch. Mata no Madh is also visited enroute Narayan Sarovar and Koteshwar temple and visited alongwith Lakhpat in a day excursion ex-Bhuj.

  • Lakhpat - Lakhpat (135 kms from Bhuj) has religious significance for Sikhs. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, believed to have camped here on his journey to Mecca. The site later became a Gurdwara, which holds some of Nanaks possessions. For a general pilgrimage traveller Lakhpat (37 kms from Koteshwar), Koteshwar and Narayan Sarovar (4 kms from Koteshwar) all can be visited in a day visit.

  • Narayan Sarovar - Narayan Sarovar (150 kms from Bhuj) is a sacred lake one of the most sacred sites in Hindu religion. For a general pilgrimage traveller Lakhpat Sikh Pilgrimage (37 kms from Koteshwar), Koteshwar and Narayan Sarovar (4 kms from Koteshwar) all can be visited in a day visit.

  • Koteshwar Temple - The Koteshwar temple is a renowned Lord Shiva temple, 4 kms from Narayan Sarovar and about 155 kms from Bhuj. There are thousand sacred lingas dedicated to lord Shiva are found in the temple For a general pilgrimage traveller Lakhpat Sikh Pilgrimage (37 kms from Koteshwar), Koteshwar and Narayan Sarovar (4 kms from Koteshwar) all can be visited in a day visit.

Destination Overview

Rajkot - Rajkot, the commercial capital of region of Saurashtra region in North West Gujarat. Rajkot is a popular arrival point for guests looking to visit Pilgrim centre of Junagadh and Sasan Gir (Asiatic Lions, Bird watching and Crocodiles).

Bhuj - Bhuj is access point for visiting other areas of Kutchh, a region in North Gujarat known for its desert like arid landscape, bird watching, craft, pilgrimage and idyllic beaches.

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Distances
  • Rajkot to Bhuj -240 kms (5 hrs)
  • Bhuj to Rajkot -240 kms (5 hrs)

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Distances
  • Rajkot to Bhuj -240 kms (5 hrs)
  • Bhuj to Rajkot -240 kms (5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Guests looking for experiential stays may opt for Hodka / Devpur instead of Bhuj. Ones interested in Bird watching can do this itinerary by staying at Nakhatrana and doing bird watching instead of pilgrimage on day 3

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