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#25 of 233 Places To Visit in Jodhpur
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Arna Jharna, The Desert Museum of Rajasthan, Village Moklawas Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 342006, India
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+91-292-2551529 +91-87660-50399
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

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About 23 km from Jodhpur, the route to the museum passes landmarks like the Machiya Safari Park, the Kaylana Lake, the Kala Ghora temple in the Barli village. You will reach the Anna-Jharna-Phanta, where the north-west road heads towards Jaisalmer and the south-west road will lead you to the museum.

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about arna jharna

The brainchild of the late Komal Kothari, a leading oral historian and folklorist, Arna Jharna breaks every mould and perception of what museum should look like. Instead of being boxed up in a four walled room, the museum is all about celebrating the wide open spaces of the desert and exploring its flora and fauna in a more natural environment for better understanding. The museum welcomes those who are interested in understanding the nuances of rural life and practices and the knowledge systems related to it. Instead of focusing on the aesthetic and ethnographic aspects of various objects, the museum focuses on the development of social relationships brought about because of these objects. 

The very first object that they worked on was the broom (the broom project), where they showcased different kinds of brooms produced by different rural communities. However, the focus was not in the numbers but the cultural, societal aspects of broom making along with the interrelationship between man and his ecology/environment. Teeming with a rich biodiversity, it is hard to believe that this lush 10 acre spread was once a sandstone mine. The crater of the mine has been filled with water to create a reservoir which attracts a number of bird species. The museum also hosts many events and workshops which helps the museum in its social outreach and its interdisciplinary enterprises.

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