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The city of Bhuj is set within the heart of the province of Kutch, an arid landscape separated from neighbouring Saurashtra by The Great and Little Ranns of Kutch, home to wild ass and flamingo. Its coastal location can mean that during heavy monsoon floods Kutch is virtually an island. Rao Khengarji established Bhuj as the capital of Kutch in the 16th century. The old part of this walled town is a maze of narrow winding streets where horse drawn tongas and the odd camel cart trundle past. Visitors to Bhuj can see remnants of its medieval past in the form of attractive crenulated gateways, old palaces with intricately carved wooden pavilions and striking Hindu temples. The city is also a gateway to the tribal people of Kutch, a region of colourful costume and distinctive folk art. In 2001 a violent earthquake devastated Bhuj. While the region has made a remarkable and inspiring recovery much of the medieval centre was damaged beyond repair. However, visitors can still experience the rich heritage and striking architectural styles of the city.

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