Day 5: Bhuj - Mandvi - Bhuj (130 Kms)
After breakfast full day sight seeing of Bhuj. Visit the Prag Mahal - Rao Pragmalji II (1838 - 76 AD) undertook the construction of Prag Mahal. He appointed a famous Architect - Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins to design Prag Mahal, who had designed Deccan College, Sasoon Hospital, Ohel David Synagogue, St. Paul's Church at Pune, Frere Hall at Karachi and Secretariat at Bombay. Prag Mahal took 10 years to build at the cost of 20 Lakhs Rupees. It is built in the Italian Gothic Style, having a large Durbar Hall, Big Rooms, wide Verandahs and a 45 m. high lofty Bell Tower. The Palace was built using the various type of Indian Craftsmanship combined with European Architectural design.
The Kutch Museum - formerly known as the Fergusson Museum, was founded by Maharao Khengarji III in 1877 AD. It is the oldest Museum in Gujarat. Constructed in the Italian Style, the museum is located in picturesque surroundings on the bank of Hamirsar Lake. The Museum has been a centre of attraction for Scholars due to its large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, various Archaeological Objects, fine collection of Arms and specimens of Various Crafts of the Kutch Region.
Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan - Mr. Ramsinhji K Rathod, a Scholar of the Folk Art of Kutch and winner of many State Government Awards has created this Museum. The museum epitomizes the rustic life styles of the Kutchi Villager containing around 4500 exhibits. Also there are more than 1500 rare books on Art and Culture. This museum has five major sections. In the Ethnological section, Sahitya Chitra, in the central hall can be found rare works of Literature. In other sections are interesting artifacts such as Leather Embroidery, Wood Work, Wood Carvings, Terra Cotta, Wall Paintings, Bead Work, Stone Carvings, Musical Instruments, Knives and Swords and Silver Work. Inside one of the huts is the intricately designed "Kothala" (the Treasury). In olden times, ornaments, money, and other valuables of the royalty were kept in the "Kothala". Hamirsar Lake is situated in the middle of the town, the refreshing rainwater filled Hamirsar Lake makes for a lovely snap shot of old Bhuj.
Arrive at Mandvi After lunch (65kms) Mandvi is a lovely place to visit. Enjoy the beach and watchthe famous tie and dye being done. Mandvi was established by Rao Khengarji in 1585 AD. At one time it was a very famous Harbour. It was connected with South Africa, Zanzibar, Arabia, Malaysia, China and Japan. It is famous for Ship Building and for its beautiful clean beach. Mandvi has some very beautiful houses belonging to rich Merchants with Stone Carving and Plaster Decorations. Their architectural style reflects the fusion of Indian and European styles of architecture.
Visit to Vijay Vilas Palace - This Royal abode was the Summer Palace built in Rajasthan style for Maharao Vijayrajji in 1929 AD. The architect and craftsmen from Jaipur designed and constructed the Palace. It has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of Orchha and Datia. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal Domes on sides, the windows with colored glass, carved stone jalls, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone carved elements, make the palace worth visiting. It has its own private beach, maintained in an eco-friendly manner to preserve its pristine beauty. Take Lunch at Mandvi and enjoy Camel Safari, Buggy Ride at Mandvi Beach.
Overnight stay at Bhuj.