The Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat, founded in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji. It has the largest existing collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, dating to the 1st century AD.
A visit to the Kutch Museum, to learn about the history of tribal and folk tradition of the district, will help you get to know about present-day people and their lives. Remember that visiting a museum is a great way to learn about history, but tribals are not merely part of history
Kala Dungar is the highest point in Kutch. This place has to be on your bucket list once you are in Rann of Kutch. Kala Dungar is around 95 kms from Bhuj. On a clear day, the sunset point here offers breathtaking views of the Rann.
If you are feeling energetic you can climb the dunes to the summit of your choosing, where the view along the sand ridge opens up for excellent photographic opportunities. There is also a temple called Dattatreya Temple at the top. It offers free lunch to everyone who drops by.
The place promises a different view of Rann of Kutch. And the journey there can be an adventure in itself. Make sure that you don’t forget the quintessential kala dungar experience.
Vijay Vilas Palace
A must-see and one of amazing attractions in Rann of Kutch, for its role in a key scene, the Vijay Vilas Palace is a distinctive place. Built in 1929 by Rao Vijayrajji, the palace is an epitome of graceful curves built in the fusion architectural style of local Kutch, Rajasthan and Bengal.
The palace is nestled in 450 acres of lush greenery, with 2 kilometers of private beach. It was built of red sandstone in the Rajput style, with a main central dome and colored glass windows. The interior is a magnificent, unpretentious playground of Rajputana art, as appealing to the amateurs as well as art experts.
Vijay Vilas Palace standing at the seashore of Mandavi has been the location for filming many Bollywood Blockbusters. The place with a breathtaking panoramic view and the beautiful site is a recognizable landmark in Rann of Kutch which is definitely not to miss.
Mandvi Beach is one of the finest deluxe camps situated along the 1666 km long Gujarat coastline. An oasis for the thirsty tourist, Mandvi beach is a very peaceful and serene place. It is located on the banks of the Rukmavati river and is 1 km away from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. As this beach is just near to the Kashi – Vishvanath Temple, this beach is sometimes also known as Kashi – Vishvanath Beach.
The sun-kissed sands and cold and breezy waters make Mandvi Beach a great destination for the honeymooners, family celebrations, etc. Enjoy an idyllic beach getaway, watching the windmills and birds, take a short camel ride along the beach or simply walk along the soft sand enjoying the foot massage with cool sea water.
This place is also well-known for its crafts and heritage and a full day excursion trip in this town offers enroute numerous old buildings of princely times, chronological palaces and ancient temples.
Like most Swaminarayan temples, this temple also has the typical brightly colored wood carvings around the building, mostly depicting Lord Krishna and Radha. Located just down the road from the Ramkund step well and the Alfred High school, the temple marks the spot where Swaminarayan sat with local holy men when he came through Bhuj.
The visit here promises a truly quality time. As the weather cools, the streets near the temple begin to sparkle with festive lights, and the atmosphere offers a cozy retreat. Surprisingly rich in attractions and certainly worth a visit, this temple is a real residence of a sovereign!