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Arrival and information

The railway station is 1.5km north of the Aina Mahal and the bus stand is on ST Station Road on the southern edge of the old city. The airport is 5km north of the centre. Bhuj has no official tourist office, so head to the tourist desk at Aina Mahal (daily except Sat 9am–noon & 3–6pm; t 02832/291702, [email protected]), manned by the friendly and well-informed Pramod Jethi, who also organizes heritage walks (3hr; Rs500).

Hotel Gangaram and City Guest House can organise motorbike hire (Rs350–400/day), though many are in a poor state of repair. Santosh Cycle Centre, near the bus station, rents bicycles (Rs25–50/day). The State Bank of India on Hospital Road changes cash and travellers’ cheques, as does ICICI across the street. There are numerous ATMs. Western Cyber Café, near the new vegetable market, offers internet access (Rs20/hr). The Crossword bookshop is close to the bus station.

Bhuj is one of the cheapest places in western India to pick up handicrafts and there are shops all over town, especially at Shroff Bazaar and Vaniyawad near the old railway station around 1km north of town. For socially-responsible items, Hotel Ilark has a Kala Raksha outlet and Hotel Prince sells products from Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, an organisation that ensures artisans are fairly rewarded for their work.

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