Aina Mahal means a mirror palace. It was built by the artists Ramsinh & Gaidhar Devshi during the rule of Rao Lakhpat Ji. The heritage of Kutch art and culture is displayed in the Aina Mahal. The great master piece of Ramsingh is the hall of Mirrors in the Aina Mahal. The walls are white marble covered with mirrors which are separated by gilded ornaments. The hall is lit by elaborate pendant candelabra with shades of Venetian glass. The hall of mirrors is on the second floor of the Aina Mahal.
Ramsingh malam who is specialize in Kutchi architecture, enamel work, jeweler, tile work and interior decoration. The hall is filled with a miscellaneous collection of objects; a Dutch Clock, English and French celestial globes, some antique pictures, mechanical toys, glass and china. On the walls of the corridor are a variety of pictures, some European and many Indian.
The Prag Mahal was designed by the well known architect Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins. Prag Mahal is a splendid palace made of Italian marble and sandstone. It took 10 Yrs to build the monument, at an astounding cost of Rupees 10 Lakh. The palace serves as a fine example of Italian Gothic style, combined with some European style elements. The Corinthian pillars and Jali work which depicts European plants and animals are also worthy of a mention.
The kutch museum at Bhuj initially formed part of the school of art established by Khengarji on 1st JULY 1877. At the time of Khengarji’s marriage in FEB – 1884, an exhibition of Kutch Arts & Crafts was exhibited. Exhibits worth Rs. 3300 were given to the Museum at the termination of exhibition. These exhibits necessitated the construction of a new building. The foundation stone for the present museum building was laid by the governor of Bombay, Sir James Fergusson. After independence the museum came to be known as the Kutch Museum. It also has a fine collection of Kutch silver, golden and enameling work, textiles wood work, Coins, cold utensils, arms & other archeological objects and a section on the communications of the district.
Bhujodi village is famous in traditional bandhani (tie-dying), block printing and weaving. Here we can view live demonstrations from shawls to blankets from the artisans directly.
Dholavira is one of the largest and most prominent archaeological sites in India, belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization. It is located in the Kutch district of Gujarat, which is surrounded by water in the monsoon season. It is one of the most impressive Haprappan cities excavated in INDIA. One of the remarkable features of Dholavira is the sophisticated water conservation system of channels and reservoirs, the earliest found anywhere in the world and completely built out of stone, of which three are exposed. They were used for storing the fresh water brought by rains or to store the water diverted from a nearby rivulet. The most significant discoveries at Dholavira were made in one of the side rooms of the northern gateway of the city. The Harappan had arranged and set pieces of gypsum (a kind of mineral) to form ten large letters on a big wooden board. At some point of time the board fell down flat on its face. The wood decayed, but the arrangement of the letters survived. The letters of the signboard are comparable to large bricks that were used in nearby wall.
Lakpat literally means a place which earns revenue in lakhs. At one time, a very fertile land and a major port, it was totally destroyes during the earthquake of 1819, when the river Indus-Sindhu changed its course, but left a mineral wealth by way of Panandro mines. The fort walls form an irregular polygon. Of interest here is an octagonal black stone tomb of Ghouse Muhammad, half Hindu and half Muslim in his customs, who was believed to have supernatural powers. Guru Nank, the founder of Sikhism, is believed to have camped in Lakhpat on his way to Mecca.
This shine is of Ashapura Mata, the family diety- Kuldevi of Yaduvansh. She is also the family diety of the former kutch rulers, The temple is steeped in antiquity as far as its origin is concerned. This temple was built by one Devchand Shah who was ordered in his dream to construct a temple and keep the temple doors closed for 6 months. At the end of 5 months, Devchand Shah heard some music from within the closed temple and in his curiosity opened the doors of temple. The image of the deity was not complete, the were missing, however the Goddess was pleased with the devotion and blessed him.
Koteshwar is the ancient Shiva temple located at the western most tip of India, on the shores of the Arabian Sea and a tributary of the Sindhu river. This is one of the rare temples facing the west. It is said that you can hear a crow crowing in Karachi and at night see the lights in Karachi.
Mention of Koteshwar is found in the Puranas and also in the Ramayana Hiuen Tsang,The Chinese traveler has mentioned this temple.There was a port and a settlement of 5000 Buddhist monks as per his travelogues.
Location:145 km from Bhuj.
A sacred place for Hindus, this is one the five holy lakes of India viz., Mansarovar, Pushkar Sarovar, Bindu Sarovar and Pampa Sarovar. Accordnig to Hindu mythology,these lakes were formed due to the falling of droplets from the pot containing nectar (amrit) during the samundra manthan i.e. churning of the sea.
Locatio:145 km from Bhuj and 50km from Lakhpat.
Khavda town is the handicrafts hub of Kutch where one can see excellent pottery,leather crafts,Ajrakh block printing,embroidered handmade dolls and other amazing textile products.It has a mixed population of Meghwals (Hindus) and Muslims from Sindh.Khavda is also the depaeture point to visit the largest flamingo colony.Kalo Dungar of black hill is the higest point in Kutch at 462 metres and is 25 km from Khavda, the nearest town.Kalo Dungar is famous for the 400 year old Lord Dattatreya temple.A unique phenomenon at this Prasad is offered to the jackals who emerge from the rocky terrain in the afternoon and evening during aarti at the temple.This is probably the only place in Kutch from where the panoramic view of the Great Rann f Kutch is possible. On a clear day, one can also see the India Bridge which is on the Indo-Pak border.
Location: Khavda, 70Km from BHuj, Kalo Dungar, 97 km from Bhuj.