Don't forget to visit Bishnoi village while visiting Jodhpur

Jodhpur is known for the Marwar royalty. The 'Gateway of Thar Desert' is famous for its fort, royal palace, lakes and parks. The tourists experience the royal grandeur at Jodhpur. The Bishnoi village located at a distance of 30 kilometres from Jodhpur provides a totally contrasting experience to the tourists. Read the article to learn more.

Rajasthan is the land of great Rajput rulers and valiant soldiers. Rajasthan is the land of grand forts. Rajasthan has a tremendous attraction for tourists-both Indian and foreign. Generally, tourists visit Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Mount Abu in Rajasthan. In this article, we will discuss the tourist spots of Jodhpur and its nearby Bishnoi village.

Let's first visit Jodhpur

Jodhpur is a major tourist spot in Rajasthan. It is also known as the 'Gateway of Thar Desert'. In Jodhpur, the tourists first visit Mehrangarh Fort. This was the seat of power of the Marwar kingdom. Rao Jodha shifted the capital of Marwar from Mandore Fort to Mehrangarh Fort. The majestic wall of the fort still contains the scar of cannon shells. The resplendent court, the high rooms and intricate designs attract the tourists. There is a well-maintained museum inside the Fort which tells the tourists the grandeur of bygone era. Chamunda Mata Temple is located inside the Fort.

Just beside the Fort, there is Jaswant Thada. This is the memorial of the dead kings of Marwar. This also contains white marble wall with intricate designs. The present descendants of Marwar royalty live in Umaid Bhavan, which is located at a distance from the fort. Umaid Bhavan bears the testimony of royal traditions and custom.

In addition to these places, tourists also visit Tripolia market to purchase wooden handiworks, batik sarees, high-quality papers, metal furniture and souvenirs and marble statues and models. Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower is an important and most popular landmark of the city. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was constructed in 2006 to preserve the rocks of Jodhpur around the fort and exotic plant species of Thar desert. Balsamand Lake and Sardar Samand Lake are two lakes frequented by the tourists. Mandore Garden is another tourist spot outside Jodhpur which soothes the tourists. In addition to these places, there are many tourist spots near Jodhpur which are attractive to the tourists. Some of these places are Pali Shrine, Osian Temples (Khajuraho of Rajasthan), Ranakpur Jain Temple, Khimsar village and Phalodi Lal Niwas. Every year, Marwar Festival is held at Jodhpur, which attracts many tourists from all over India and also from foreign countries.

How to reach Jodhpur

Jodhpur has a domestic airport. It is located at a distance of only 5 kilometres from the city. Regular service is available from Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. Jodhpur is excellently connected with major cities of India by train. Regular and direct train services are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. Regular train service is available from other parts of Rajasthan. In addition, Jodhpur is well-connected by National and State Highways with Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur and Ahmedabad.

Now let's explore Bishnoi Village from Jodhpur

After visiting all the tourist spots in and around Jodhpur, let us explore the countryside. Bishnoi village is around 30 kilometres from Jodhpur, but it provides an entirely different experience to the tourists. Bishnoi village is the residence of the followers of Bishnoi sect. Bishnoi sect was founded by Guru Jambheshwar who was born in the year 1451. Bishnois follow twenty-nine principles ('bish' means twenty and 'noi' means nine) of Guru Jambeshwar. Out of these twenty-nine principles, eight principles pertain to the preservation of the flora and fauna. Bishnois scrupulously follow these principles and as a result of their conscious and continuous efforts, a vast wildland has been created in the vicinity. This wild forest is not preserved by the Government. In this community-driven preservation project, the tourists can see wild animals like blackbucks, neelgais, etc. There is a water reservoir at Guda Bishnoiyan, where many exotic birds and rare migratory birds can be seen. These include Spotted owl, Siberian crane, Demoiselle crane, etc. Very near to Guda Bishnoiyan, there is a memorial dedicated to three hundred and sixty-three Bishnois, who sacrificed their lives at Khejarli in 1730 to stop the local ruler's soldiers from cutting trees to build a palace.

Interested tourists can also visit Bishnoi village to have an idea of the life of the simple, vegetarian tribal people who worship Lord Vishnu. The tourists will be amazed by the vibrant yet simple culture, beautiful pottery, colourful textile and hospitality of Bishnois.

How to visit Bishnoi village

Bishnoi village is located only at a distance of around 30 kilometres from Jodhpur. Facility of Bishnoi village safari is available at Jodhpur. The safari is of four hours duration.

Final words

Jodhpur provides the tourist with a grand view of the life of the Marwar rulers. At the same time, Bishnoi village provides an invaluable experience of community-based conservation of forest and simple yet vibrant lifestyle of tribal people. No doubt, the tourists will immensely enjoy the overall grand but contrasting experience.

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Author: Natarajan10 Mar 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

A nice article, my respects to the 363 Bishnoi souls who laid their lives to preserve the trees. Blackbucks are amazing to watch especially at sunrise or sunset and are excellent subjects (fighting, sprinting or leaping) for a wildlife photographer.
I just found that there is a camp in the village, Bishnoi Village Camp and Resort, Near Guda lake, Guda Bishnoiyan 342802,India, with safaris and authentic Rajasthani food. After reading this, sounds like one can make a detour from Jodhpur with a half a day trip to Bishnoi.

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