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Flights to Bhuj

Once the capital of the Jadeja Rajputs, the petite city of Bhuj remains the largest and most important city of Gujarat’s remote Kutch region. There’s plenty in the way of history and culture, with beautiful palaces, forbidding fortresses, and serene lakes. The impressive Aina Mahal and Pragmahal palaces are a must see, while the region’s local textiles and handicrafts are renowned throughout India. Bhaj makes an excellent base for getting out and discovering the remote areas of Kutch, with beautiful country scenery and pastoral hilltop villages to discover.

Airports in Bhuj

The small, domestic, Bhuj Airport (BHJ) serves the area. In 1971 the airport was destroyed by napalm dropped by Pakistani bombers. Over the course of two weeks the airfield was raided 22 times. All but destroyed, the airport was then rebuilt by 300 women from a nearby village; and it only took them 72 hours.

Airlines that fly to Bhuj

There are no direct flights from the UK to Bhuj. Domestic flights are available through Air India Regional, Jet Airways, and MEHair.

Getting into Bhuj

The airport is just over 3 miles from the city. You can take a taxi into town, which should cost aroung Rs 150 (about £1.55)*, or take a chance on an auto rickshaw which is a lot cheaper at Rs50 (about 50p).* Car hire isn’t available at the airport, although there are a few hire companies in the city itself if you’re planning on doing a lot of exploring.

*Prices subject to change

When to fly to Bhuj

Head to Bhuj during the winter (from October to March) if you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing,. The weather is warm and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20-28°C. During the summer temperatures can soar to 40°C, which can be quite uncomfortable if you’re wandering around on foot.

Another reason to visit during winter is to catch The Kutch Festival. This is a six day celebration honouring Lord Shiva, and usually takes place in February or March to coincide with the celebration of Shivrati throughout Gujarat. The festival involves live music, colourful performances, Sindhi Bhajan performances, Langa, and plenty of stalls selling local handicrafts and delicacies.

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