The surprising Bap Village, Jodhpur District, Rajasthan || A place to stop and stretch your legs walk around a large waterbody

Baap (or Bhap or Baap) is a village in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan. When we left for Jaisalmer on Day 2 of our trip, we planned to stop here. Some accounts on the Internet showed that there is a traditional Rajasthani Village here. So we wanted to see that. And yes, the name was intriguing too.

Baap (or Bhap or Baap) is a village in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan. When we left for Jaisalmer on Day 2 of our trip, we planned to stop here. Some accounts on the Internet showed that there is a traditional Rajasthani Village here. So we wanted to see that. And yes, the name was intriguing too.  


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Bap Village is about 130 Kilometers from Bikaner. We had started from Bikaner at 5 am and had hoped to reach Bap by around 7am. We thought we would have our morning tea at one of those traditional food stalls (in our imaginations). We reached there slightly early and literally no one was up by then. Moreover, Bap looked like a normal village, as in there was nothing overly traditional about it.



Bap Village is about 130 Kilometers from Bikaner. We had started from Bikaner at 5 am and had hoped to reach Bap by around 7am. We thought we would have our morning tea at one of those traditional food stalls (in our imaginations). We reached there slightly early and literally no one was up by then. Moreover, Bap looked like a normal village, as in there was nothing overly traditional about it. 



However, we did spot some migratory birds flying around and were sure that there is probably a water body around. We decided to explore that. After asking around a little we reached a lake of humungous proportions and there was a temple on the shore. There was a man offering prayers in the temple and while we were roaming around, he caught up to us and started asking us some questions.

However, we did spot some migratory birds flying around and were sure that there is probably a water body around. We decided to explore that. After asking around a little we reached a lake of humungous proportions and there was a temple on the shore. There was a man offering prayers in the temple and while we were roaming around, he caught up to us and started asking us some questions. 


The first question "kaunsi jaati?" And we innocently answered. At that time we did not realize that casteism is still rampant here and had he not liked our answer, we would probably have been driven out of this place. I found out about this only after I was reading about the place in order to write this blog post. It is sad that such things still happen.



The first question "kaunsi jaati?" And we innocently answered. At that time we did not realize that casteism is still rampant here and had he not liked our answer, we would probably have been driven out of this place. I found out about this only after I was reading about the place in order to write this blog post. It is sad that such things still happen. 


Anyhow, the lake is known as "Meghrajsar" and the temple here is that for Bheru baba. Apparently during the rainy season when the water levels are high, the temple is water-locked. We could also see some large water birds on the trees on the opposite shore. However, they were too far away for us to photograph them or even identify them.


Anyhow, the lake is known as "Meghrajsar" and the temple here is that for Bheru baba. Apparently during the rainy season when the water levels are high, the temple is water-locked. We could also see some large water birds on the trees on the opposite shore. However, they were too far away for us to photograph them or even identify them.  


Anyway, none of the tea shops were open or even visible. And in order to reach the "traditional village", we probably need to stay at Hotel Barsingha Village that arranges stay in traditional village and also a visit to the salt lake. 

However, despite the man's intrusive questions we did enjoy our brief stop at the Meghrajsar lake and in general the spontaneity of this stop. 

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