Saturday, 23 March 2013

Kutch Museum Kutch Gujarat


Kutch Museum in Bhuj is the oldest museum of Gujarat. It initially formed part of the School of Art established by Maharao Khengarji III, which was founded on 1 July 1877.it has the largest existing collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, dating to the 1st century AD, as well as examples of the extinct Kutchi script (now the language is mostly written in the Gujarati alphabets) and an interesting collection of coins (including the kori, Kutch's local currency.)

 A section of the museum is devoted to tribal cultures, with many examples of ancient artifacts, folk arts and crafts and information about tribal peoples. The museum also has exhibits of embroidery, paintings, arms, musical instruments, sculpture and precious metalwork. A visit to the Kutch Museum, to learn about the history of tribal and folk tradition of the district, will help you get to know about present-day people and their lives. Remember that visiting a museum is a great way to learn about history, but tribals are not merely part of history.

Best time to visit
The best time to visit Kutch Museum is during winter months from October to March. The weather remains pleasant while the temperature ranges from 20 to 28 degree Celsius.

Timing
The Kutch Museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in the morning and then from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm except on Wednesday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Road: For those traveling from Ahmedabad, the bus may be more convenient than the train, though slightly more expensive. Several private companies run sleeper buses (with a full horizontal bunk), leaving the city for Bhuj between 8pm and 11pm, arriving in Bhuj between 6am and 8am the next morning. These bus companies all have their offices around Paldi in Ahmedabad; Sahjanand Travels and Patel Travels are two recommended ones. There are also private sitting (non-sleeper) buses, and ST (State Transport) buses that make the trip for less money but considerably less comfortable seats.

Nearest Railway Station: Two daily express trains, the Bhuj Express and the Kutch Express, go from Bhuj to Ahmedabad (8hrs) and on to Mumbai (16hrs.) However, both trains pass through Ahmedabad in the middle of the night, as the schedules are designed to depart and arrive and reasonable hours from Bhuj and Mumbai, not Ahmedabad.

Nearest Airport : One or more flights daily connect Bhuj to Mumbai.

Hamirsar Lake Kutch Gujarat

Hamirsar Lake is a large man made lake situated in heart of Bhuj town, the District headquarters of Kutch, Gujarat, India.It is a 450 year old lake named after Jadeja ruler Rao Hamir (1525-1537), the founder of Bhuj.

The lake is spread over an area of 28 acres and have a beautiful mid-lake garden.Walking along the lake's edge is a great way to get from one place to another, with the Aina Mahal and Praga Mahal, the Kutch Museum, the Ramkund Stepwell and Ram Dhun Temple, the Swaminarayan Temple and the Alfred High School all located very close to the eastern side of the lake; a walk from the Aina Mahal to the Swaminarayan Temple (passing all the other sites mentioned) takes about half an hour. Further around the other side of the lake is the Sharad Baug palace, and the road to the royal chhatardis.

Road : For those traveling from Ahmedabad, the bus may be more convenient than the train, though slightly more expensive. Several private companies run sleeper buses (with a full horizontal bunk), leaving the city for Bhuj between 8pm and 11pm, arriving in Bhuj between 6am and 8am the next morning. These bus companies all have their offices around Paldi in Ahmedabad; Sahjanand Travels and Patel Travels are two recommended ones. There are also private sitting (non-sleeper) buses, and ST (State Transport) buses that make the trip for less money but considerably less comfortable seats.

Nearest Railway Station: Two daily express trains, the Bhuj Express and the Kutch Express, go from Bhuj to Ahmedabad (8hrs) and on to Mumbai (16hrs.) However, both trains pass through Ahmedabad in the middle of the night, as the schedules are designed to depart and arrive and reasonable hours from Bhuj and Mumbai, not Ahmedabad.

Nearest Airport : One or more flights daily connect Bhuj to Mumbai.

Prag Mahal Bhuj Gujarat


The Prag Mahal is a 19th-century palace located next to the Aina Mahal in Bhuj, Gujarat, India. It was commissioned by Rao Pragmalji II, and construction began in 1865. It was designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian Gothic style, and many Italian artisans were involved in its construction. The palace artisans' wages were paid in gold coins. Construction of the palace, which ultimately cost 3.1 million rupees, was completed in 1879 during the regency of Khengarji III (Pragmalji II's son) following Pragmalji II's death in 1875. The local Kutchi builder community (Mistris of Kutch) were also involved in construction of Prag Mahal along with Colon Wilinks.

 Inside the palace, you can visit the main palace halls as well as climb stairs of the 45m bell tower for an exhilarating view of the city. After coming down (not before, for your own peace of mind!), check out the cracks between the stones in the wall, visible from the courtyard, caused by various earthquakes over the years. Then stop for a glass of fresh sugarcane juice on your way out of the compound.

Timings:  
Open round the year except Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm & 3:00pm - 6:00pm
   
Fees:  
Entry Rs.10/-
Charges for Photography Rs.30/-
Charges for Video Shooting Rs.100/-

How to get there

Road: For those traveling from Ahmedabad, the bus may be more convenient than the train, though slightly more expensive. Several private companies run sleeper buses (with a full horizontal bunk), leaving the city for Bhuj between 8pm and 11pm, arriving in Bhuj between 6am and 8am the next morning. These bus companies all have their offices around Paldi in Ahmedabad; Sahjanand Travels and Patel Travels are two recommended ones. There are also private sitting (non-sleeper) buses, and ST (State Transport) buses that make the trip for less money but considerably less comfortable seats.

Nearest Railway Station: Two daily express trains, the Bhuj Express and the Kutch Express, go from Bhuj to Ahmedabad (8hrs) and on to Mumbai (16hrs.) However, both trains pass through Ahmedabad in the middle of the night, as the schedules are designed to depart and arrive and reasonable hours from Bhuj and Mumbai, not Ahmedabad.

Nearest Airport : One or more flights daily connect Bhuj to Mumbai.

Aina Mahal Bhuj Gujarat

Aina Mahal is an 18th-century palace in Bhuj, Gujarat, India. It is located next to the Prag Mahal. It was built by Rao Lakhpatji in 1761. The chief architect was Ram Singh Malam.The layout, design and decorations of Aina Mahal were highly influenced by a royal dream that had eventually been converted into reality by an extremely deft craftsman Ramsinh Malam who designed it in a mixed Indo-European style and set about creating the materials for the palace locally. The erstwhile palace which belonged to Maharao Lakhpatji has now been converted into a Museum. 


It is a piece of art in itself and houses several rare paintings and collectibles from around the world.Situated in the fort complex, Aina Mahal Palace is a two storied building with Hall of Mirrors as the main attraction along with Darbar hall and suites for the royal family. Located on the second floor of the palace the interiors of the Hall of Mirrors will leave you spell bound. White marbled walls that are covered with mirrors, which have separated with gilded ornaments. Elaborate pendant candelabra with shades of Venetian glass lights up the entire hall. 

Timing :Aina Mahal Palace is open throughout the year from 9:00 am to 11:45 am and from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm. 
Best time to visit : The month of  October to March

Fees:  
Entry - Rs.10/-
Charges for Photography -Rs.30/-

How to Get there

Road: For those traveling from Ahmedabad, the bus may be more convenient than the train, though slightly more expensive. Several private companies run sleeper buses (with a full horizontal bunk), leaving the city for Bhuj between 8pm and 11pm, arriving in Bhuj between 6am and 8am the next morning. These bus companies all have their offices around Paldi in Ahmedabad; Sahjanand Travels and Patel Travels are two recommended ones. There are also private sitting (non-sleeper) buses, and ST (State Transport) buses that make the trip for less money but considerably less comfortable seats.

Nearest Railway Station: Two daily express trains, the Bhuj Express and the Kutch Express, go from Bhuj to Ahmedabad (8hrs) and on to Mumbai (16hrs.) However, both trains pass through Ahmedabad in the middle of the night, as the schedules are designed to depart and arrive and reasonable hours from Bhuj and Mumbai, not Ahmedabad.

Nearest Airport : One or more flights daily connect Bhuj to Mumbai.

Nageshwar Jyothirlinga Temple Dwarka Gujarat


Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana . Nageshvara is believed as the first Jyotirlinga on the earth. There are three major shrines in India which are believed as identical to this Jyotirlinga.Nageshwar Jyothirlinga Temple located on the route between Dwarka city and Beyt Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat is this important Lord Shiva Temple. \


A 25 m tall statue of a sitting Lord Shiva and a large garden with a pond are major attractions of this rather serene place. Some archaeological excavations claim five earlier cities at the site.Nageshwar was believed to be known as 'Darukavana', which is an ancient epic name of a forest in India. Below are two well-known legends attached to this mystical temple.

Road: Dwarka is on the state highway from Jamnagar to Dwarka. Direct buses available from Jamnagar and Ahmedabad.

Nearest Railway station : Dwarka is a station on the Ahmedabad-Okha broad gauge railway line, with trains connecting it to Jamnagar (137 km), Rajkot (217 km) and Ahmedabad (471 km), and some trains that continue all the way down the coast through Vadodara, Surat, Mumbai, Goa, Karnataka, to the southern tip of India in Kerala. 

Nearest Airport : Nearest airport is Jamnagar (137 km.)

Friday, 22 March 2013

Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary Jamnagar District Gujarat


Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Bhatia taluka, Jamnagar district, India. Established in November 1988, it is 332.87 hectares in size and is situated in the Saurashtra peninsula on the coast of Gulf of Kutch.It covers an area of 332.87 ha of Gaga village of Kalyanpur taluka in Jamnagar district..It supports rare and endangered species like Houbara Bustard, Indian Wolf etc. There are 12 species of mammals, eight species of reptiles and 88 species of birds. Invertebrates like butterflies, moths, honeybee, wasps, spiders and termites are also present in the sanctuary.

Flora
Sanctuary comprises grasslands intermixed with saline scrubs. Prosopis chilensis, kerdo, gorad, piloo etc.

Fauna : wolf, jackal, mongoose, jungle cat, bluebull etc. 
Birds : Great Indian Bustards, larks, partridges, sand grouses, flamingoes etc.

Road: State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect Jamnagar with various centres of Gujarat. If you’re coming from Rajkot on bus, the bus passes right through town before reaching the bus station, so you can ask to be let off at Bedi Gate

Nearest Railway Station : . There are daily trains on the Western Railway with direct connections to Ahmedabad.

Nearest Airport : There is an airport 10 km from town, so it’s a relatively inexpensive rickshaw or taxi ride. Various domestic airlines connect Jamnagar to Mumbai.

Barda Wildlife Sanctuary Porbandar Gujarat

Barda Wildlife Sanctuary is located at about 15 km from Porbandar, which faces Arabian Sea.the hilly forest of Barda is standing against the salinity ingress in the region. This area was declared as sanctuary in February' 1979.The sanctuary having a forest area of 192.31 sq. km. is relatively small in extent. However, it is characteristically abundant in floral diversity, which consists of a good number of medicinal plants. In fact, very high percentage of rare and endangered plants occurring in the area is an important component of the sanctuary. The area falls into two erstwhile princely states of the history  Rana Barda, where Ranas of Porbandar ruled once upon a time and Jam Barda, where the rule of Jamsaheb of Jamnagar prevailed. The ethnic races such as Maldharis, Bharvads, Rabaris and Gadhvis live in this region of Saurashtra.


Flora
The area has maximum floral diversity in the state (650 plant species). Gorad, Babul, Dhav, Rayan, Ber, Jamun, Amli, Dhudhlo, Bamboo etc.
Fauna
Important animals: Leopard, hyena, wild boar, wolf, jackal, bluebull etc.
Important birds: Rare and endangered spotted eagle and crested hawk eagle alongwith other numerous bird species.
Best time to Visit : Around the year

How to get there
Nearest Airport  : The Nearest airport is Porbandar (20 kms).
(Ahmedabad (415 kms. approximately)
Nearest Railway Station : The Nearest Railway station are:
Porbandar - 15 kms.
Jamnagar - 100 Kms
Road : The Nearest bus station is Ranavav (8 kms).