An oasis in the Thar Desert, Osian is also nicknamed as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan. Located in Jodhpur district, this town has several Jain temples that are worth visiting. Earlier, a major religious hub of the Marwar kingdom, the ruins of the temples stand testimony to its former glory. The National Highway 11 lies close to the town, thus making it a well connected place.
Places to Stay
In terms of accommodation facilities, Osian does not have much to offer. However, tourists can opt to stay in Jodhpur (67 km), where there are a number of budget hotels, including Sachdeva Excellency Hotel (Tariff – Rs.700), Royale Plazo Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000) and Hotel Haveli Jodhpur (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
Rajasthani and Hindi are commonly spoken in the area.
The most important festivals celebrated in this town are Holi in March-April, Teej Festival in July-August, Dushera in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The major attractions here are Kali Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple, Surya Temple, Jain Mahavira Temple, Harihara Hindu Temples, Pipplala Temples and Shri Mandore Bheruji.
How to Get There
Jodhpur Airport, which is 64 km from here, is the closest from the town.
Osian Railway Station is just a kilometer away from the town centre.
There are buses from Surat, Ahmedabad and Jodhpur. Rathore Travels is one of the top operators travelling on this route. Opt for online bus reservation through several bus booking sites like Ticketgoose.com from the confines of your home
Ankleshwar is a city in the Bharuch district of Gujarat. It is 10 km from Bharuch. It is known for its industrial township called GIDC. It has also held an office of ONGC – Oil and Natural gas Corporation Limited. The city has over 1000chemical plants that produce pesticides, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and paints. It has a population of over 80,000 with a very high literacy rate both among men and women.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of accommodation options for visitors catering to all low and mid range budgets and tastes such as Shalimar Hotel, Hotel Apex, Horizon Hotel and Plaza Hotel. These fall within a range of Rs 1000 to Rs 1800.
NavratriMahotsav, International Kite festival on 14th January, Holi, Diwali, BhadraPurnima Fair during August and September, ShamlajiMelo during November, VathnaMela in November and TrineteshwarMahadev Fair during September.
Guajarati is the primary language spoken. However, English and Hindi are understood.
Places to Visit
Mumbai has several beaches, architectural buildings, religious sites, museums and other attractions.
How to Get There
At a distance of 63 km, is Surat airport which offers reasonable connectivity to several cities across the country.
Ankleshwar Railway station is 2 km from the city. Wider connectivity to major towns and cities is available from this station.
NH8 connects Ankleshwar to Mumbai and Delhi. Neeta Travels, Shrinath Travel Agency, MarutiNandan Travels and GSRTC carry smooth bus operations. Several bus booking portals provide online bus booking offers to lure their customers