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Stories from the Thar


From the trails of Indian Silk Road, we bring lore and more from the idyllic lands of Thar and beyond. Stories of ancient communities, their art, architecture, cuisines, music and musings, related to you unalloyed and with the signature warmth and ease of Manvar.

  • Best sunset spots in Jaisalmer  
    Winter in Jaisalmer is great. Mornings are cold, afternoons are cool with a breeze, and evenings are lovely.
  • The Glory of Rajputana Royalty
    For visitors to Jaisalmer, the Sonar Kella is a must-see attraction (Sonar Killa). The Jaisalmer Fort was given the moniker Sone ka Quila (Honey Gold Fort) because its sandstone walls seem particularly dazzling in the early morning sunlight (the fort of gold).
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
    One of these famous buildings, the Umaid Bhawan Palace, was constructed between 1928 and 1943. The palace is said to be built of magnificent yellow sandstone and encompasses a garden that spans 26 acres, making it one of the largest private mansions in the world. Art Deco and Renaissance architecture blend beautifully in this facility, which also features two pools and the luxurious Jiva Grand Spa.
  • Why is India’s Jodhpur Called the ‘Blue City’?
    The second-largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur has long been a favourite of visitors from abroad. Surprisingly few tourists are aware of the city’s nickname, “the blue city,” though. The old town is an excellent example of vibrant colours creating a picturesque backdrop to daily life.
  • Dine under the Stars
    One of the calmest places to be over the holidays, or really any time of the year, is the desert. Join your family and friends as you travel to the Jodhpur desert for a memorable bush meal and dinner on the sand dunes! Your evening trip through the Thar will arrive at its goal at a carefully chosen site as the day gradually dims and nighttime draws near.
  • A unique Safari in Jodhpur
    Tourists flock to Rajasthan, the “country of Maharajas,” to experience the state’s opulent history and culture. Whether it’s the state’s grand palaces or the nearby Thar Desert, Rajasthan has something unique to offer the tourism industry in India. Tourists are drawn to the area’s rich cultural heritage, historical sites, delicious cuisine, and beautiful vistas.
  • Reasons you’ll love Jaisalmer
    Jaisalmer is a “land of wonders,” and there is much to discover in this city’s vivacious past, culture, natural beauty, and legacy. Jaisalmer also referred to as “The Golden City of India,” is a vibrant city located in the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer has experienced it all, from being an active commercial hub to a well-liked tourist destination in Rajasthan! Here are several awesome justifications for you to travel to Jaisalmer.
  • Things to do at Gadisar Lake
    Gadisar Lake is located outside of Jaisalmer in the dry state of Rajasthan. It resembles an oasis in the middle of a desert. There were no irrigation systems, canals, or other modern means of bringing water to Rajasthan’s desert regions back in the middle times. Raja Rawal Jaisal constructed this reservoir while considering the requirements of his subjects.
  • Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
    The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, named after Jodhpur’s founder, opened in February this year under the shadow of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, which the Rajput monarch erected over 500 years ago.
  • Popular Jain Temples of Rajasthan
    One of the most popular travel locations in India is Rajasthan, the land of the Rajas (kings). The distinguishing features of this lovely state are its magnificent forts, palaces, and wealthy lifestyle.Discovering more about Rajasthan’s culture and history through temple exploration is a fantastic way to travel. Additionally, you will learn about regional cultures, traditions, and beliefs.
  • Chand Baori – Abhaneri Rajasthan
    Abhaneri was previously known as Abha Nagari, which translates to “city of brightness.” This city was famous, from the moonlight on the floor to the beautiful water in the stepwell. The massive stepwell and other historic monuments serve as a portal to a bygone era.
  • Marwar Festival
    Rajasthan is a state known for its fabulous royal residences and strongholds, rich history, brilliant clothing types, warm and inviting individuals and mouth-watering foods. Like some other conspicuous Indian states, Rajasthan additionally has its one-of-a-kind assortment of diverse and beautiful celebrations lasting throughout the year; one of the most striking of every one of them is the Marwar Celebration celebrated in the city of Jodhpur.
  • Places to visit in jodhpur
    Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the Indian state of Rajasthan in the northwest. Its ancient palace, the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, is now a museum featuring weapons, paintings, and ornate royal carriages (sedan chairs). The fort, situated on a rocky outcrop, overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s signature hue of blue.
  • Jaisalmer Fort – The Living Fort
    Jaisalmer Fort is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan, in the city of Jaisalmer. It is thought to be one of the world’s few “living forts”, with roughly one-fourth of the old city’s population still residing within the fort.
  • Top 10 Places to Visit in Jodhpur
    Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s second biggest city, is a traveler’s joy, affording a glimpse of the state’s rich cultural history and the legacy left by Marwar monarchs.
  • Must try dishes in Rajasthan
    Rajasthani cuisine has been influenced by the dry state’s lack of veggies and water. The rich’s hunting expeditions and local warriors’ lifestyles have given rise to a plethora of innovative dishes
  • Folk Dances in Rajasthan
    The vibrant state of Rajasthan is well-known for its variety of traditions and customs. In addition to its history and culture, this state is evident in the Amazing Folk Dances of Rajasthan and its music
  • Ker Sangri
    Ker sangri is a dish that captures the ingenuity and determination of the people who live in the Thar Desert
  • The Spectacular Phool Mahal in Jodhpur
    The Phool Mahal is located in Kishangarh, Rajasthan, near Jodhpur. The Mahal is the Mehrangarh Fort’s most ornately decorated Hall. The palace’s ceiling is delicately carved and beautifully crafted
  • Dreams Built In Sand – The Story of Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl’s School
    Jodhpur is a haven for history and architecture buffs, and day by day, the city’s tourism industry is flourishing. The Mehrangarh Fort, Kaylana Lake, Balsamand Lake, Ranisar Lake, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and of course, Ghanta Ghar Jodhpur are some of the popular tourist attractions in Jodhpur, India.
  • 6 Beautiful Lakes in Jodhpur
    Jodhpur is a haven for history and architecture buffs, and day by day, the city’s tourism industry is flourishing. The Mehrangarh Fort, Kaylana Lake, Balsamand Lake, Ranisar Lake, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and of course, Ghanta Ghar Jodhpur are some of the popular tourist attractions in Jodhpur, India.
  • Tanot Mata Mandir
    In a country like India, where there are hundreds of temples spread out over the nation, temples have great significance. There are numerous internationally renowned religious structures, and many people visit these temples each year.
  • 4 Popular Folktales of Rajasthan
    In place of delightful peace, this well-known tourist spot has an eerie silence, but despite this, it ranks among the top tourist destinations in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Pack your luggage for Kuldhara, The Ghost Village, and satiate your need for genuine adventure!
  • Bada Bagh’s Royal Cenotaphs in Jaisalmer​
    The name Bara Bagh, which translates to “large garden,” is used for Bada Bagh in the local dialect. But this is not a garden, far from it. For those Kings and Queens who have died away, this area was created as a memorial to the royal family.
  • Welcome to Kuldhara – Haunted Village of Jaisalmer
    In place of delightful peace, this well-known tourist spot has an eerie silence, but despite this, it ranks among the top tourist destinations in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
  • Gadisar Lake In Jaisalmer
    As Jaisalmer is known as the “Golden City” for its architectural splendour, Rajasthan is a land of many hues. The city’s fort and other structures are noted for their beauty because they are made of yellow sandstone. When it was founded in 1156, Rawal Jaisal was its creator and king.
  • Exotic Dessert Dinner Experience
    An unequalled night for the food served on-site and the experience as breathtaking as music floats through the air, and the stars bore down on you. Manvar, a desert camp in Jaisalmer, provides a one-of-a-kind dining desert experience: supper in a candle-lit. The cuisine is just as beautiful as the location.
  • Must see Jain Temples in Jaisalmer
    Many centuries ago, Jain merchants enjoyed the greatest prosperity in the city of Jaisalmer. These desert dwellers of Jaisalmer were wealthy and devout, as evidenced by the numerous temples they erected in and around their city.
  • Rappelling in Soorsagar
    Get an unforgettable rappelling experience and leave a trail of memories in your wake!
  • Kaylana Lake
    Kaylana Lake, located 8 kilometres west of Jodhpur, is a vast constructed lake with 84 square kilometres. It was built in 1872 by Pratap Singh and serves as the city of Jodhpur’s and surrounding communities’ principal supply of drinking water.

Blog Archive

Adventure Activities In and Around Jodhpur

Known as the ‘Sun City’ for the bright, warm and the sunny weather, Jodhpur is one of the most visited destinations in Rajasthan. This extraordinary city is steep in adventure sports and activities, culture, history and royalty. So while you are in Rajasthan you cannot miss adventure sports in Jodhpur which will make your vacation more exciting and fun. 

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Suburb Historical Town – Mandore Garden

This suburban historical town has been abandoned since 1459 CE. The ancient town of Mandore is just five-and-a-half miles north of the tourist haven of Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan. One of the best-preserved sites here is the Mandore Gardens that stand strong to tell the tale of a bygone era.

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The Cultural Impact Of The Tribes In Rajasthan

Rajasthan is well known for its culture, architecture and history. When you travel to our resort in Jodhpur, you will find that there are many tribes of Rajasthan that influence the cultural dynamic of this state.

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The Undying love tale of Rajasthan – Dhola Maroo

Rajasthan is known for stories of valour, courage and love. Men and women are known to have been chivalrous and brave during battle. The stories of their bravery have been passed down through generations in the form of dance, song and even puppet shows.

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History written in Stone – A Story of Rajasthan

History has been always written in stone, at least the one that we know. Rajasthan has its own story to tell, in stone. Not just from the ramparts of the gargantuan citadels of Mehrangarh or the spirituality suffused stone art of Osian Temples.

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A Musical Heritage of Rajasthan

At Manvar, the quintessential luxury resort in Jodhpur, one can experience the wonders of music, Mehfils and the warmth of regular folks of Rajasthani Dhanis. 

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Maroth: Elevating Art to the Heavens

Jodhpur is a royal city of marvelous palaces and an untarnished rich legacy. The extremely grand architecture, the exquisite designs and the alluring tales of the bygone Rajput era make Jodhpur an ideal place to visit.

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The portrait of Maharaja Takhat Singh – an amalgamation of East and West.

In the western world, Royalty was always portrayed in art with the best composition and stature.


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Textiles In Rajasthan

it is easy to see that all textile craft the state has to offer, has had an ardent fan following amongst tourists, designers, and textile enthusiasts over decades. 




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The Great Festival of Marwar in Jodhpur 2021 

 The Marwar Festival of Jodhpur is celebrated to honor the valor and bravery of the strong Rajput warriors and kings. This event gives us a sneak peek into the days of yore and the battles that were fought during this period. 

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Eve Power of Rajasthan


The Meghwal community has a tumultuous past with the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 and 1971 uprooting them and strewing them across parts of Rajasthan and other Central Indian states.ne such group chose Chohtan in Barmer as its home.

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The Rao Jodha Park: A modern day park for the Desert Life

Covering a large area of 72 hectares along the rhyolite rock formation which are dated to be around 745 million years old, Rao Jodha Park is truly a modern wonder, a testament to the richness of inconspicuous, a legend of strife, smarts and an undying passion to restore these lands to their former glory.

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Mandana Paintings | Manvar 

Rajasthan has a lot of art with a rich heritage spanning millennia. Starting with Indus Valley Civilization, Rajasthan has exerted its influence over the art and handicrafts of the region. One such ancient form of art found in the tribes of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh with the connection extending back in time even to the pre-historic regime. 

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Traditional Foods Of Rajasthan – I 

Each of the great houses of Rajasthan developed their own secret ingredients and style of cooking, many of which are closely guarded secrets to this, handed over as priceless legacy within the family. 

Still, many of these secrets have leaked out over time to the public at large, who have made it their own and embedded them deeply into the cultural and culinary tapestry of Rajasthan.

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Conserving The Great Indian Bustard

Despite being touted as barren, the Thar desert is home to around 50 species of reptiles, 140 species of birds and around 40 species of large and small mammals throughout the entire expanse.

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Palaces Of Jodhpur |
Manvar 

Jodhpur is a royal city of marvelous palaces and an untarnished rich legacy. The extremely grand architecture, the exquisite designs and the alluring tales of the bygone Rajput era make Jodhpur an ideal place to visit.

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Rajput Miniature Paintings

The art of Miniature painting was introduced to the land of India first by the Mughal invaders, who brought the much-revealed art form from Persia. In the sixteenth century, the Mughal ruler Humayun had brought artists from Persia, who specialized in the art form of miniature painting. 

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More Wildlife From The Thar Desert

Despite being touted as barren, the Thar desert is home to around 50 species of reptiles, 140 species of birds and around 40 species of large and small mammals throughout the entire expanse.



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Pokhran Pottery: A Terracotta Wonder World


Walk into any village and the warm hospitable people would offer you tea on a cool evening or cold Chaach (buttermilk) on a hot day in a Khullad, a rustic clay mug. Let us try and give a context for the pottery art of Rajasthan. 

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A Comprehensive Guide To Mehrangarh

The Mehrangarh Fort was built by Maharaja Rao Jodha in the year 1460 AD. This fort is considered to be one of the biggest forts not only in Rajasthan but in all of India as well. 
Here’s a comprehensive guide to the fort! 

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Geographical indicator tags for Rajasthan | Manvar Desert Camp

Manvar desert camp in Rajasthan is blessed to be located in a land as diverse and rich with culture as Rajasthan. Throughout history, this state has seen thousands of iterations of kingdoms and traditions in each of the various districts of the state.

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Planning The Best Jodhpur Desert Itinerary

Being a desert camp near Jodhpur gives you the opportunity to have the definitive Rajasthan experience. On your next Rajasthan holiday, you can make use of this suggestive itinerary that includes both a traditional desert experience at our desert camp near Jodhpur along with a heritage experience in Jodhpur.  

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Animals And People Of The Thar


Thar desert’s relationship with both people and animals has transcended history. Despite its vastness, it is the most populated desert in the world. For millennia, the various tribes of the Thar have lived in harmony with the wildlife of the region, forming special bonds that go without saying in many of these villages.  

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Unique experiences in Jodhpur that you cannot miss out on

Jodhpur is known as Rajasthan’s blue city and is also the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is albeitly known for its blue buildings which were painted blue to signify residence by Brahmin’s, India’s highest caste. There are more than several attractions of heritage value in Jodhpur that are conducted in the Jodhpur Heritage Walk. 



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Cuisine Of The Thar Desert | Manvar 

Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are the quintessential melting pots for all things Rajasthan. These vibrant cities have established an ethos of royalty and exuberance. And as major centres in the princely state, they were always the place where people from all walks of life would come together. The same philosophy extended into the cuisine of Rajasthan. 



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Music And Dance From Rajasthan | Manvar

Wherever you venture out in Rajasthan, there is one thing that is synonymous with this colorful state; the people of the deserts and the forts have been performers for centuries together. There are a multitude of music and dance forms in and around our desert camp in Jaisalmer. Manvar’s own cultural evenings at our desert camp in Jaisalmer feature some of the most talented performers from across the Thar.
  

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3 Wild Animals You Must Try And See On A Desert Safari in Jodhpur

In this story, we’d like to bring to light some of the more iconic wildlife of the Thar desert, some of which you may be able to spot at our luxury desert camp in Jodhpur!  



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The Jewel Of Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort 

A monument whose praises do it little justice. Mehrangarh truly is the towering jewel of Jodhpur, standing tall and proud like a watchful guardian over the splendid city that’s just a short drive away from our luxury desert camp in Jodhpur.

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Reptiles In The Thar Desert | Manvar Luxury Camp And Resorts

The mighty Thar. The name itself invokes visions of grandeur and a sense of the unknown. One of the biggest deserts in the world covering 200,000 sq km, the Thar might seem devoid of life at first. But look closer. 


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Places In Jaisalmer That Will Make Your Trip To Rajasthan Complete

Jaisalmer, the Golden city of Rajasthan, is no exception to the rule. Home to some of Rajasthan’s most iconic sights, Jaisalmer city is located at a convenient 3 hour drive from our desert camp and resort, and is the perfect destination to explore.

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Facts About The Thar Desert That Will Enrich Your Rajasthan Trip

The Thar is one of the most impressive expanses of dry desert in the world. With an overall radius of nearly 170,000 sq km, the great Indian desert ranks as the 9th largest tropical desert in the world.

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What Does A Desert Safari Experience Feel Like?


The concept of a desert safari is just a little bit different from a conventional forest safari, owing to the unique conditions and flora and fauna here. We detail out exactly what to expect from a desert safari in Jodhpur, here at our luxury desert camps.  

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The Ancient Water Harvesting Techniques in Rajasthan

The great lands of Rajasthan comprise mostly arid desert regions and shrub forest, something that poses a problem when it comes to agriculture and availability of potable water.

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Of Culture, Colors and Kites: Some Of The Best Festivals Of Rajasthan!

The Thar is one of the most impressive expanses of dry desert in the world. With an overall radius of nearly 170,000 sq km, the great Indian desert ranks as the 9th largest tropical desert in the world.

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The Nomads Of The Desert: Dromedary Camels 

India’s Dromedary camels are a signature aspect of Rajasthani culture, with 85% of the country’s wild camel population belonging to this vibrant state leading the state government to declare the camel as their state animal in 2014.  

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