Heritage Village Tour and Local Temple Visit
Highlighting the best of the Rajasthan village, this tour is a total cultural experience. Walk through the sleepy lanes of the Khejarla village and experience the warm hospitability and daily activities of the villagers. Interact with them and learn more about the customs, traditions, and way of living of the locals.
Khejarla is not a tourist village that makes it even more real. Visit the local pottery, blacksmith, jhooti (local embroided shoes) makers, weavers, artisans among others. Visit local houses from inside and experience the hospitability. This unique tour is made possible solely because of the host family's relationship with the local people of the various communities, which allow a visit to homes where guests are welcomed as their very own.
Walk through the village, about a km from the fort to the 600-year-old Temple of Goddess Durga (Goddess of War) where some of the idols kept are from the 14th – 15th century. History states that Aurangzeb, a Mughal from Delhi tried to destroy it then. However, he was not able to do so due to the blessings of the Goddess.
Relax and enjoy the peace and serenity that this temple has to offer. The best time to visit this temple is during sunset when one could climb up to the top and get a very good view of the vast stretches of open land with the sun setting in the backdrop. Observe the different colours of the sky, the sun going down, becoming red, and finally disappearing. Do ask your tour guide for the 5 must-do’s at the Temple.
Step-well and Horse Breeding Farm
Visit a nearby village to see the Bhooton Ki Baori that literally means “the ghost’s step-well”. The well has been dug into the ground with steps leading down to the water. Deep, square wells can be found all over India, especially in the dry west.
However, this particular one is unique. According to the local legend, the well was built in two nights by ghosts and contains enough steps, that if a coin was thrown into the well, it would not be retrieved easily.
Further, visit the Horse Breeding Farm that belongs to the Thakur of the Village. He breeds Marwari horses that are quiet popular in India as well as abroad. His horses participate in the Pushkar Fair every year and win prizes in various categories. In addition, many of his horses have been sent to breeders in England.
Bala Sati Ji Temple & Kaparla Jain Temple
Drive to see the Bala Sati Mata Ashram of “Bavji,” a woman saint who renounced food and water in 1943 until her mortal departure in 1986. She still showers her blessing to those who seek. Worshippers travel from far to the Temple to seek her blessings even now.
Rup Kanwar (previous name) was born in 1903 in a village near Pipar to a Rajput Shekawat family. She wanted to commit Sati (funeral practice among Hindu communities in which a widowed woman would either voluntarily or by force immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre) after her husband’s death. However, her family and the local villagers did not allow her to do so.
From that day onwards Feb 15, 1943 she maintained a total fast that lasted until Nov 15, 1986. It is said that she survived without taking any food for 23 years. She was truly a “living sati” who was worshipped by many all over Rajasthan.
Further, visit the famous ancient Kaparla Jain Temple that is one of the most important temples for the Jain community.
Bazaars of Pipar
Visit the Bazaars of Pipar that have been popular and famous for the local crafts and ethnic items.
Few know that this sleepy village is also the nerve centre of the natural-dye fabric industry of Rajasthan whose earth colours, indigo dyes, and prints are a rage among the chic ethnic sophistic fashion followers in India and abroad.
When visiting the village, one should visit the many small craft shops where these beautiful cottons are dyed and printed. Further, also visit the largest Vegetable Market in Rajasthan.
Visit the cenotaphs that are owned by the nobles of the ruling family, and relax in the peaceful setting.
Rajasthan is very popular for its vibrant and colourful customs, traditions, culture, and heritage. It is also famous for its exotic desert and village landscapes. Safari is the best way to explore such a beautiful and versatile land. The camel, jeep, horse, and bicycle safaris help explore the wildlife, natural, cultural, and historical charm of beautiful Rajasthan.
Camel Safari: Camel safaris can be arranged around the village depending on the requirement of guests. Each camel would be associated with an escort for the tour. Tour could be 30 minutes or 60 minutes.
Jeep Safari: Rajasthan is very popular for its vibrant and colourful customs, traditions, culture and heritage. It is also famous for its exotic desert and village landscapes. Safari is the best way to explore such a beautiful and versatile land. There are lots of safaris like camel, jeep, horse and elephant safaris to help us explore the natural, cultural and historical charm of this beautiful Rajasthan.
Jeep safari is the fastest way to explore the wonders of Khejarla and close by villages. A complete unique cultural experience, to bring you closer to the life of the villagers. Various customs and ceremonies are performed and can be experienced with the warmth and hospitality of Marwari people.
Enroute to Bishnoi villages one can see the desert wild life in abundance like Deers, Black Bucks, and Blue Bulls along with visit to the lake to see migratory birds. The tour also includes a visit to the textile block printing mill and the old Vegetable markets of Pipar town. On the way to safari visitors can see the craftsman on work, shepherds and farmers. At the end of the tour we take our guests to visit 6th century Durga Mata Temple which has its own stories and was party destroyed during the Mughal era. Time taken for the safari is around 3hrs.
Bicycle Safari: Ride on a bicycle to explore the quaint village of Khejarla and learn more about the local culture and heritage. Enjoy the scenic village that is best enjoyed at leisure.