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 Rajasthan due 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.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN OSIAN
Since Osian can be covered in a day, most tourists choose to stay at Jodhpur where hotels and guest houses are in plenty and suit all kinds of budgets. Staying at heritage hotels is also a good option for those of you who are fond of pampering themselves. Most hotels will be happy to arrange for a camel safari.
BEST PLACES TO EAT OSIAN
The few eateries in town serve local Rajasthani food. For more options head to nearby Jodhpur. Traditionally, the city’s restaurants serve a sweet dish before the actual meal, This is known as ‘Mithi Manuhar’.
BEST TIME TO VISIT OSIAN
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