Ahmedabad is a great place to live in for history buffs. The city itself has a rich historical background and is located close to many other important destinations. We are discussing two such prominent places.college

Bhuj: Bhuj is a notable tourist destination in Gujarat boasting of a rich history. It is also the district head quarters of Kutch. The city’s name is inspired froma hill named Bhujiyo Dungar which is at the eastern part of the city. Bhuj is located at 330 kms from Ahmedabad and can be easily reached in 6 hours via Ahmedabad to Bhuj cabs.

Bhuj is an ancient city and believed to be populated since the Indus Valley Civilization. It has witnessed various phases of history, right from Alexander the Great’s reign to the Gujarat Sultanate and the British rule. Rao Godiji built the famous fort of Bhuj in the 18th century to protect Kutch from the invaders.

There are many popular historical places in Bhuj to visit. The Sharad Baug Palace was the residence of Kutch’s royal family till 1991 when the last king, Madansingh died. The wonderful Aaina Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors was built during the rule of King Lakhpatji and is a must visit. The Parag Mahal was built by King Pragmalji and its bell tower was designed in anexquisite Italian Gothic style. The Ramakund stepwell is another tourist attraction which showcases many characters from the Ramayana through its sculptures. In addition to these, you can see the ancient Kshatrapa inscriptions in Kutch Museum and the Hamirsar Lake. The Swaminarayan Temple is a popular pilgrimage site which has coloured woodcarvings on its walls, depicting stories of Lord Krishna and Radha.

During your trip to Bhuj, you can plan to visit Khavda, a famous natural park located 72 kms from Bhuj. It is famous for the world’s largest flamingo colony. It has a lake where half a million flamingos take shelter in between the journey while migrating every year.college

Jodhpur:Jodhpur, also known by its two names Sun City and Blue City, is the second largest city of Rajasthan and a popular tourist destination. The name’Sun City’ is derived from the bright, sunny weather of Jodhpur and  ‘Blue city’ is attributed to the blue painted houses located around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur is a popular weekend destination from Ahmedabad and people prefer travelling by hiring Ahmedabad to Jodhpur taxi.

This city was founded in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha, leader of the Rathore clan.

Jodhpur is renowned for its majestic forts, wonderful palaces, lovely gardens, ancient temples, and heritage hotels. Mehrangarh Fort is the most popular fort of Jodhpur. It houses magnificent palaces like Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Jhanki Mahal and Sheesha Mahal. There is a well maintained museum inside the fort which displays a huge collection of royal weapons, ornaments, artefacts and costumes.

Tourists must also visit the beautiful Mandore Garden in Jodhpur, It has brilliantly built cenotaphs of the past rulers of Jodhpur. Balsamand Lake and Kailana Lake are popular lakes of Jodhpur ideal for family picnics. Balsamand Lakeis is surrounded by a beautiful garden overlooking the spectacular Balsamand Lake Palace. Tourists can enjoy boating on the Kailana lake.

Umaid Bhawan Palace is another monument worth mentioning. This grand palace depicts a perfect blend of of eastern and western styles of architecture. One part of the palace has been made into a luxury hotel. Tourists can see weapons, antique clocks, royal crockery, rocks, photographs and hunting trophies in the museum of Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Jodhpur also houses numerous shrines like Mahamandir Temple, Rasik Bihari Temple, Ganesh Temple, Santoshi Mata Temple and Chamunda Mata Temple.

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