Osian

Osian also known as the ‘Khajuraho of Rajasthan’, has earned this name due to its many temples, some of which are very erotic. It is an ancient temple city located 65 kms north of Jodhpur ,  in the state of Rajasthan in western India.

Surrounded by golden sand dunes and hamlets, Osian, located 65 km north of Jodhpur, is famous for its Hindu and Jain temples and is known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthandue to the erotic sculptures on the temples. A prominent trading center on the Silk Route from the 8th to the 12th century AD, Osian was also a major pilgrimage site during the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty, who ruled much of northern India from the 6th to the 11th centurty and was known as Upakesapura.

A famous pilgrimage site of the Oswal Jain community, most of the shrines and temples in Osian lie in ruins today.

Among the most famous tourist attractions of the village are the 16 temples that include Sachiya Mata temple, Sun temple, Mahaveera Jain temple, etc dating back to the 8th to the 11th century. With their intricate carvings, the Sun Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavir stand out in their grace and architecture.

Apart from the temples, Osian is also popular for camel safaris.

Mahavir Temple

Mahavir Temple is a beautiful Jain temple built in 783 AD by Pratihara King Vatsa. Dedicated to Lord Mahavira it is an important pilgrimage of the Jains. The main shrine in the temple is seated on a high platform and made up of sandstone. Temple is a great piece of architecture with stunning carved pillars that adorn the main porch. The entrance through the main door of the temple displays an impression of young maidens on it and on another porch one can see a little stylish construction. Many devotees and tourists visit Mahavir Temple annually

Sachiya Mata Temple

Sachiya Mata Temple originally built in the 8th century, however today’s temple dates back to 12th century. This temple dedicated to Sachi Mata or also known as Indrani who was wife of Lord Indra (The Rain God). Built in many phases, the temple comprises of two more shrines dedicated to Chandi Devi and Amba Mata respectively. The wonderful sculpted series of arches entrance lead the devotees and guests to the interior of the temple. Decorated with charming images and sculptures of Hindu deities, the temple also has sculpture of Lord Varaha (Incarnation of Lord Vishnu as boar) on the north and an image of Lord Vishnu – Lakshmi on the east. Sachiya Mata Temple is an artistic example of medieval architecture.

Surya Temple

Surya Temple dates back to 10th century and as its name suggests, it is dedicated to Lord Sun or Surya. The temple has resemblance to the Sun Temple in Ranakpur. In the sanctum of the temple complex the stunning idol of Lord Surya or the Sun God is placed. Idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Durga are also placed in the temple. Marvelous images of the serpents coiled around the lotus flower can be seen on the ceilings of the temple. There was a Surya temple built in the 8th century as well, which was later merged with the Sachiya Mata Temple.

Vishnu Temple

Vishnu Temple constructed in 9th century is a worth seeing shrine in Osiyan, though this architectural beauty is now showing the signs of wearing down with the passage of time. The artistically carved columned mandap is one of the most striking features of the temple. Just near to the temple is a Baori (Step Well) and a Ganesh Pillar which are also visited by several tourists. The balconies of the Vishnu Temple have been craftily decorated with figures of Hindu deities.

Camel Safari

We tell you about our safari The “Thar” engulfs in itself three prime cities of Rajasthan – Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur (Osian). Around these cities, one finds huge and endless stretches of sand dunes. Thar is a culture, a life in itself, a home for many trebles, animal and bird species. You will surely be amazed to see this different kind of ecosystem where inspire of harsh conditions in summer, without water, flowers bloom (a cactus specie) and reptiles venture out of earth. The evenings are much cooler than you can expect and it is more marvelous to sit among sand dunes in evening, with campfire on and folk music sulking inside with countless stars overhead. Inspired by the THAR, our camel safari is also named after it – THAR CAMEL SAFARI because it gives you a complete flavor of the region combined with the traditions and color of earth. Hail to the ship of the desert – CAMEL, without it you cannot expect life in this region of the world. An animal with great courage and temperament. It takes you through the vats. It has been a medium of transport for centuries in Thar. We have physically well built camels with us, who are well acquainted with their surroundings and the routes. You will love to see this beautiful animal.

Desert Sand Dunes Camp

Get welcomed with ‘tika and aarti’ , A night camp experience, touring a Rajasthani village, watching the sun set over the sandy dunes, drive over the undulating landscape and visiting the homes of two ethnic , the culturally rich and adventurous camp is a great opportunity to know more about this state while enjoying the touristy must-do’s as well. come the visits to the homes of the Bishnoi and Pittal community, A walk through the village allows you to soak in the typical rural ambience as you are witness to the lives of its residents.
A short hike up the hill and you will be witness to a beautiful sunset over the sandy horizon. The evening is spent in enjoying the bonfire and barbeque dinner enjoy the Rajasthani folk music and dance performances.
Indulge in this amazing night in Osian, Rajasthan and get a chance to see the colors of authentic Rajasthani culture.