Bhuj situated in Gujarat was once the capital of the Princely state of Kutch. It is dotted by a number of affluent princely buildings. Maharao Hamir founded the city of Bhuj in 1510. In 1549 Rao Khengarji I, made Bhuj his capital and it remained an independent princely state till 1947. Bhuj is is near the Gulf of Kutch, a part of the Arabian Sea. Bhuj - What to see Aaina Mahal - is one of the most exquisite monuments in Bhuj, located in the fort complex along with the Parag Mahal. The architecture of the Mahal is influenced by the European style. Aaina Mahal was converted from a dream to reality by the master architect Ramsinh Malam. He undertook training in Holland to make Aaina Mahal an architectural marvel it is today. The palace is a two storied building with Darbar Hall, hall of mirrors, and suites for royal family. It stands adorned with mirror work, tile work and fountains. Prag Mahal - was designed by the famous architect Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins and took 10 years to build the monument. The palace serves as a fine example of Italian Gothic style, combined with some European style elements. The Kutch Museum - earlier known as Fergusson Museum was built by Maharao Khengarji III in 1877 AD. The museum is constructed in Italian style and located on the banks of the Hamirsar Lake. It is one of the famous museums in the entire state and has a rich collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, various archeological objects, fine collection of arms and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region. Other Places of Interest - Cenotaphs of Kutch rulers, Snake Temple at Bhujiyo Hill Fort, Swami Narayan Temple, Vegetable Market and the Hatkeshwar Temple. Fairs And Festivals Bhuj is known for its Rann Utsav, held every year in February/March. Also known as the Desert Festival, it usually coincides with the Hindu festival of Shivratri. The main attractions of this festival are demonstration of traditional handicrafts, cultural events and tours in and around the city.
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