Feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan in Bishnoi.
Numerous surprises await when you visit the Bishnoi Villages on the outskirts of Jodhpur. The Bishnoi Villagers are arguably the first ecologists of the world; around this area, there are people who are prepared to sacrifice their lives to save the trees and animals because they see the protection of life as a holy responsibility. And, nature-lovers won’t be surprised at their fervor when they are met with the variety of wildlife and multi-hued birds in the area.
Take a 4×4 drive to visit a Bishnoi dhani and a Pittal dhani – a ‘dhani’ is a small collection of huts. Prepare to be charmed by the quaint mud homes; the turban-clad men; the shy and beautiful women, dressed in their traditional costumes; and the local markets with their rich display of wares. You will also be invited to take part in a traditional Opium ceremony.
After an afternoon amid local life, arrive at Mihir Garh for sunset to watch the dancing horses, displaying the strongest and most beautiful of the Marwari breed. Enjoy a romantic dinner on the roof of the Fort of the Sun: a spectacular mud fort, blending understated luxury with a rustic and sumptuous earthy elegance overlooking unspoilt and enchanting desert vistas, amidst the vast wilderness of the Thar.