I went to jodhpur during raksha bandhan holidays in 2011. It was a random trip and without much planning. And i was going alone. I tried to book bus tickets but because of festive holiday season all the bus were fully booked. Anyways that did not kill my enthusiasm. I went to Dhaula Kuan, an apt place for catching bus to Rajasthan and after some time got a private bus to jaipur. Such was the demand that they were charging 4 times the normal fare.
Again that was not the deterrent and i lodged into the bus. Reached jaipur in morning and easily got a volvo ticket for jodhpur from there.

Really felt tired after reaching jodhpur that day because of back to back bus journeys. So rest of my day was just booking a cosy and decently priced hotel room and relaxed sleep after that.

Next day morning i started for the sightseeing of Jodhpur city. After small chats with the locals it was very clear that the Mehrangarh fort was the most amazing place to be visited in the town. So it was my first site. I have already visited many other forts in India previously ( Jaipur, Agra, Delhi etc ) so i did not have very high expectations from mehrangarh fort.


But i was wrong. The fort surprised me with its grandness. There were museums inside, must say very well maintained. Rooms that kings and queens used in old times, have been lavishly maintained and they successfully reflect the grandeur of old times.



One also gets to see the arms and inventories that were used.


But one thing that typically makes you fall in love with this fort is the view of Jodhpur city that one gets from the terraces and verandahs. The city view  looks beautiful as though painted in  blue and its rustic feel. Some people explained that the blue houses were the special ones given to the brahmans in marwar period.


The monstrous and huge tanks kept on the terraces of the fort just added to the entire aura.


There is mata temple inside the fort campus itself which is also worth visiting.



My next destination was Umaid palace. Larger part of this palace is given on lease to Taj group of hotels. There is museum in one of the blocks and the remaining is used by Jodhpur kings family. The museum had interesting things to present. My favorite among them were the top view of the umaid palace and antique clocks having scriptures of greek and indian mythologies on them.


After covering these two site, there were few other gardens but I wasn't much interested. Instead I enquired if there were some easy to reach villages nearby which could give me good feel of true rajasthani culture. And i got my answer after conversation with few locals as Osian village pronounced as Osiyan.

This small town was located some 65 km from Jodhpur city and was famous for temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. And it also shows a glimpse of thar deserts. On being convinced that Osian was the place i went back to hotel to check out and caught a bus for osian.

Reached osian some time late in evening but it was still not dark. There are not many hotels or lodges in this small town but one easily gets room in the temples guest house.

Next morning i went for prayers in Sachiya Mata Temple, the temple carries an ancient look with it and stairs gives a look of mahabharat serial that was telecasted on doordarshan in our childhood.



Last evening itself I had booked camel safari in Osian's desert. So after praying in temples i went straight up for that. Sitting on camels back is jerky and funny in itself. It was not a very tourist friendly season, otherwise locals were telling that there are night camps as well having bonfire, local music, dance and food for locals. Though i was happy with my share of fun.

On finishing up the safari i went back to the temple area of the town. Roamed around and found many old and rustic looking temples. Not so very well maintained though.

I had my volvo booked from Jodhpur to New Delhi in evening by 5 pm. I left Osian around 2 pm and reached Jodhpur an hour before. The journey back home was peaceful and relaxed one.

Before finishing let me tell you Jodhpur is an amazing place for tasting true rajasthani delicacies , especially sweets and I had loads of them during my stay :) 

Vishal Arora




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03/02/2013

Good article Vishal....

The flavors of Osian added to generally more popular Jodhpur make it more fun..
Looking forward to more articles from you..


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