Located around 240 km from Jaisalmer, Osian is an ancient desert town that is dotted with temples and architectural marvels. The main attraction is the Surya (Sun) Temple, dedicated to the Sun God. It also houses idols of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesha. On the ceiling of the temple you can see intricate carvings of serpents that are coiled around lotus flowers, which are truly awe-inspiring. Other tourist attractions include Harihara Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and a Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira.


Also known as Upkeshpur, Osian was an important trading centre between the 8th and 12th centuries. Dominated by the Jains, who left a legacy of exquisitely sculpted, well-preserved temples, Osian invites travellers from all over the country. During the Pratihara dynasty, Osian was believed to be the major religious and cultural centre of the Mewar kingdom. The entire region has various cultural influences from historic times owing to its strategically important location during the Gupta, Naga and Pratihar dynasties.

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