Being the headquarters of the Kutch district Bhuj is an important place to visit. Apart from its administrative importance Bhuj is also popular for its amazing landscape. Its strategic location also adds to its tourist's attraction. The city was established in the year 1510 by the local ruler Maharao Hamir. The city hosts several monuments and palaces which stand as witnesses of the erstwhile glory and the historical events of the bygone era. Jadeja dynasty, which ruled over the city in ancient times have also left their relics which can be found scattered in the city. Previously the city was surrounded by a fort which gradually demolished with time. Over time, the city has encountered many events and calamities which have posed a great impact on the civilizations of the city.
Mandvi is a very important city situated at the coastal line and is well-known for its Mandvi Port. Eminent for handicraft work, Mandvi has the best tie-dye, silver work and interesting architecture. In olden times, the city was enclosed in a fort, the relics of which can still be witnessed. The city hosts a number of ship industry which were started by the people of Kharva caste. The place was founded in 1580 by the Rao of Cutch State, Khengarji I. Mandvi is believed to have truly upheld the vibrant culture of Gujarat. It is a city of seamen and merchants and both benefit each other mutually.
Mundra is a chief town of the Mundra taluka which lies to the east along the coast to Anjar. Famous for its port and Namdawork by Mansoori people, Mundra is hard to miss. In fact Mundra Port is accredited as the largest private port of the country. The town was in olden days renowned for salt and spice trading while in recent times it has gained popularity for tie-dye and block-print textiles. The fortification of the old city has religious significance as they were made of the ruins of the Jain city of Bhadreswar. Mahadev temple is also a prominent tourist attraction. Majority of population in Mundra depends on wage labour, farming, horticulture and agriculture.
Historical important and a prominent trading centre, Anjar is a very interesting town. It is famous for its nut-crackers, knives, swords, batik, block print items, old solver jewellery and Bandhani. The history of town is however shrouded in mystery owing to the lack of proper documentation. However it is believed that a group of early settlers under the leadership of Warrior Ajay Pal who was the brother of King of Ajmer arrived in the town and settled in 650 AD. Hinduism is the dominant religion of Anjar and thus the town is dotted with many Hindu temples.
Janan is known for a spring called Bhimguda which is considered holy because it contains an idol of Ghatotkachh the son of Bhima, born of Hidimbi. Bhima one of the five Pandavas, after killing the demon Hidimba, married his sister Hidimbi. She gave birth to a son with a head as big as 'ghada' (pot) and he was therefore named Ghatotkachh. He could assume any desired form and remain invisible by others. Idols of Ghatotkachh and Bhima are worshipped at the Bhimguda near Janan. It has a population of around 779 people.
Historically important, Jakhs is a little town of Kutch district which has history that unfolds the past of the 9th century. The Padhargadh Fort is worth site seeing in Jakhs.
Kera is another important town in Kutch. It is populated mainly by Kambis and Khojas who are progressive cultivators.
Adipur is another important city of Kutch district located near the Gulf of Kutch. It was originally founded as a refugee camp in 1947 by the Government of India after the partition of India. Adipur was built on the donated land of Maharaj of Kutch, Maharao Shri Vijayrajji Khengarji.
Other Cities and Towns of Kutch District
Apart from these other cities and towns of Kutch district include Bhachau, Gandhidham, Kandla, Khavda, Lakhpat, Naliya, Pantiya, Port of Jakhau, Rapar, S. K. Varma Nagar, Samakhiali and Tuna Port.
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Cities and Towns of Kutch District