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“a close encounter with reality”

Bishnoi Village Safari Private Tours
Ranked #8 of 34 Tours in Jodhpur
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Bishnoi’s are a eco Friendly sect of Hindu religion, it is one of the different community of Rajasthan who are famous for there rich cultural Rajasthani Life and there true love for nature and animals. Bishnoi Village Safari is the organization started by Rajas and Maharaja's of Jodhpur to show that Indian and foreign guest a glaimpse of rich cultural life around their state of Marwar, A True Rajasthan. We organize full day and half day safaris at very reasonable cost and in some ways give our sincere efforts to help the poor and needy local people in this water scarce region.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed March 20, 2013

I decided to take this safari as I was taking a UK visitor around Rajasthan.As we didnt want too much of a rattle n roll journey we went along in our own car instead of Deepak's jeep.Deepak came and personally escorted us on the trip.We first went to a tribal home and saw the simplicity with which these people live in mud huts.It is also quite visible that they possess nothing...bare walls and floors.Deepak did mention they were being looked after by a UNESCO program....or maybe I am wrong.There were little children everywhere who kept coming up...though they didnt beg.I was torn between giving sweets n presents but this would then mean that the next visitors would be harassed and 'begged' for goodies.Deepak said he had left some money with the lady of the house.We then travelled for a while before reaching a potters area where he showed us how to make a pot...looks easy but fairly difficult.After that we went to a weaver's village.These people have a community and the sales of the 'dhurries' are all shared.We were shown how the work was done on looms set up around their homes.After which we were shown the end product.Deepak had mentioned that there was no need to buy so we hadnt gone with any intention to,but on seeing the 'dhurries' with their vibrant colors and fairly reasonable prices we were tempted.They can be packed and shipped to your destination too.I have to say the colors and designs are very bright and unique and the prices are fairly reasonable.(Enroute from Ranakpur there is a place called Tribal dhurries which had been recommended - went in to check and the prices were higher and the colors n designs not a patch on this communities' work)
Our last stop was a Bishnoi home to see a opium ceremony and how the old opium apparatus was used in the earlier days.We met the charming Bishnoi women who dont kill animals and live in harmony with nature.All in all a decent trip to see village life at close quarters.We only did the halfday tour which costs Rs.750 per head.We saw a few deer and a Nil gaya and stopped for a little bit of bird watching.Deepak knows his world and does a good job showing it.

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

You have to do this trip to see for your self! The village school , the people, it was a fantastic experience

Thank John from sunny Cornwall
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

on 5 march 2013 we went to bishnoi village safari with Depak and his Landrover 1952
. it took 3 hours. First we saw a potter on his work, then we visited a typical Bishnoi house and saw an opium ceremony. Then we visited carpets makers and at the end we had a delicious lunch at Deepak's home. Depak is very devoted to environment , his explanations are very interesting ! We warmly recommend this different experience.

1  Thank dorit s
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

My husband and I went on Deepak's tour today, per recommendation from our Guest House. Deepak was awesome - he picked us up in his jeep and took us to three different villages. The first was a Muslim family that made ceramics, the second was a small farm and we arrived 30 minutes after a cow gave birth and got to see the calf take its first steps and the last place was a co-operation that makes beautiful weaved textiles.
Deepak's english was perfect and he answered all of our questions. Our favorite part was that he mentioned that he brings medicine and goods to the villages we visit. This experience felt very authentic and not touristy and we highly recommend it for anyone who wants to get out of the busy city and see what exists beyond.

1  Thank marissaadam
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Its a different and worth wile experience a good break from seeing museums and fort with lost glory instead a refreshing experience with people living admist the forest and protecting it with such love and devotion.

its worth going to this place and the additional bonus of seeing the wildlife around so close...absolute thumbs up experience.

Thank Ajita_13
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