A must have experience is the Bishnoi Village Safari that tours through the quaint and small village near the city of Jodhpur. There can be two derivations of the word “Bishnoi”. One relates to the Hindu god, Vishnu. The other broken into ‘bish’ and “noi” meaning twenty and nine respectively. This refers to the twenty nine principles that Bishnoi’s follow. Bishnoi village safari is a must include in your Rajasthan village tours.
The Bishnoi tribe is well known for animal and plant conservation. These villagers protect their soil from erosion by planting fodder for their cattle. Being able deft agriculturists and shepherds, the people from here are also famous for their block printing work. Not only that, many of the village people have made a mark in fields like Information Technology and Defence.
Most of them though, are still attached to their own land. Bishnoi people are great with clay and are a master in this art. But, unfortunately, pottery is slowly dying because many villagers are looking at other lucrative and better-earning professions.
On your way to these villages, you will notice Chinkaras and other wildlife roaming freely. If you are lucky enough, you might even spot cranes on your way to the village area. The terrain leading to the Bishnoi villages is usually rugged but you will find a few patches of greenery on the desert.
You can travel to this village on a jeep or camel safari. The real highlight of Bishnoi Village Safari is a homestay in the village for one night. You must understand that this village is not very large, in reality; they have small hamlets known as dhannis.
They live in clean, small round mud huts, with thatched roofs. The floor of the huts is plastered with mud. The rugged land surrounding this place is best for hiking that gives a great sight of the wildlife and scenic beauty of the place. During the Bishnoi Village Safari, you can also interact with the villagers. You can try your hands at milking cows and creating pots.
Best time to go: October to March
Things to do in Bishnoi Village: Jeep Safari, Camel Safari, Bird watching