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
Navsari is a city and municipality in the Surat metropolitan region and also the administrative headquarters of Navsari district of Gujarat, India. Navsari is also the twin city of Surat, and is 37 kms south of Surat. Many Parsis settled down in this city in around 11th century AD and named it Navu Sari which meant ‘New Sari’. Navsari is popular for its various types of Zoroastrian arts, crafts and cuisine.
Places to stay
Some of the popular budget hotels in Navsari are Anmol Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 800) Hotel Royal Regency (Tariff - Rs 1400), Modi Resort (Tariff- Rs. 1150).
The official language of Navsari is Gujarati.
Apart from all the common festivals, a festival unique to Navsari is the Dhinglo Festival (July).
Places to visit
There are many places to be visit in Navsari. Some of them are Dudhiya Talav (1.5 kms from bus stand), Atash Behram (80 kms), J.N. Tata Memorial Hall (4 kms), Ravariya Bapa temple, Parsvanath Jain temple (1.7 kms), Dargah of Sayed Saadat (2 kms) and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (43 kms).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Navsari is 30 kms away at Surat.
The Surat railway station is the closest major railway station (31 kms) to Navsari
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) runs Busses from Major cities to Towns and Villages in Navsari. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Paulo Travels, O.P. Tours & Travels and Asha Travels. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.