Sights

The 1730 sacrifice of 363 villagers to protect khejri trees is commemorated in September at Khejadali village, where there is a memorial to the victims fronted by a small grove of khejri trees.

At Guda Bishnoi, the locals are traditionally engaged in animal husbandry. There’s a small lake – full only after a good monsoon – where migratory birds, such as demoiselle cranes, and mammals, such as blackbucks and chinkaras, can be seen, particularly at dusk when they come to drink.

The village of Salawas is a centre for weaving beautiful dhurries (rugs), a craft also practised in many other villages. A cooperative of 42 families here runs the Roopraj Dhurry Udyog, through which all profits go to the artisans. A 1m by 1.5m dhurrie costs a minimum of ₹5000, including shipping. Other families are involved in block-printing.

Other Muslim villages, such as Singhasini, comprise potter families. Using hand-turned (and powered) wheels they produce big earthenware pots known as matka, used for storing and cooling water.