The picturesque town of Bhuj has spectacular scenery. Bhuj the former capital of native state of Kutch is now the headquarters of the district. Located rather low, it is basically an amphitheatre of hills dominated by the Bhuja Hill that rises to a height of 160 m at one end and is a landmark being flat on top, surmounted by the fortifications of a hill fort. This strategically located fort obviously served the purpose of sighting enemies and alerting defense. An old wall surrounds the city built for precautions.The city wall, thirty five feet high and 4 feet thick with towers positioned asymmetrically was formerly armed with 51 guns. Bhuj is blessed with some incredible historic heritages.
History of Bhuj
In 1510, Maharao Hamir founded Bhuj. In 1549 Rao Khengarji I made Bhuj his capital. It remained an independent princely state during the rule of the British in India and became a part of India, when it gained independence in 1947.
Geography of Bhuj
Bhuj lies at the heart of Kutch and is linked by many roads to the rest of the peninsula. Bhuj is a city and a municipality in Kachchh district in the state of Gujarat. At present, Bhuj is the district headquarter of the Kachchh ditrict which is the second largest district of India. Bhuj is located at 23.27 N 69.67 E. It has an average elevation of 110 meters. On the eastern side of the town is a hill, Bhujiyo that separates Bhuj and Madhapar village. One of the biggest lakes at Bhuj is Hamirsar.