Tourist Destinations of Rajasthan
A FORT IN MARWAR Perched on the edge on the great Thar Desert in the heart
of rural India, the unique fort at Khimsar offers a wide range of
experiences. The battle-scarred walls and turrets remind one of the
glorious past of this place.
Khimsar is a small village situated around 92 km on the highway from
Jodhpur to Bikaner in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. The village
of Khimsar provides an excellent starting point to explore the
district of Nagaur, which lies midway between Jodhpur and Bikaner.
There are good road connections from Khimsar to other important tourist
destinations in the region including Jodhpur, Bikaner, and Nagaur. CLIMATE
Khimsar has an extreme climate with hot summers and cold winters.
Temperatures during the summer months range between 42.2°C and 27.3°C, and
between 27.5°C and 9.5°C during winters
The fort architecture of Khimsar offers great heterogeneity.
Originally, the fort walls, turrets, and stables were built solely for
war, and were constructed around the beginning of the 16th century.
Subsequently, by mid 18th century, the royal family moved in when a new
zenana or ladies' residence was constructed. Finely carved windows in
stone were constructed in this section for providing purdah or veil for
the ladies in waiting. Thakur Onkar Singh, the present chief and the 17th
direct descendant of Rao Karamsi (the original builder of the fort) built
himself a regal additional wing in the 1940's. Today, this fort ranks
amongst the premier Heritage Hotels of India.
Jodhpur is the largest city in the entire Marwar region and
one of the most famous tourist destinations in Rajasthan. Major tourist
attractions in the city include the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mahendragarh
Fort, Jaswant Thada, and Mandore Gardens. more..
Osian is a small place situated around 27 km off Khimsar and
known for its sixteen ruined Jain and Hindu temples. These temples date
back to the eighth and eleventh centuries. The most important temples are
the Sachhiyamata Temple and the Jain Temples. While the Hindu temples are
in a dilapidated condition, the Jain temples are well preserved. more..
Nagaur is around 43 km away from Khimsar and famous for its
cattle fair. Thousands of people bring camels, bullocks, and horses for
sale. Camel races and other sporting events are organized at this fair.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotels are available in Khimsar for accommodation though on the higher
side of the cost chart. The heritage hotels here are an experience in
themselves and provide good value for money.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest airport from Khimsar is Jodhpur, around 92 km away. Indian
Airlines connects Jodhpur with Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai through regular
flights. The airport is located around 6 km off the city center.
The nearest railhead is Jodhpur on the Western Railway broad-gauge
network. Jodhpur is linked to various centers in the region by express and
passenger trains. New Delhi, Agra, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, and
Ahmedabad are some of the important cities that are linked with Jodhpur
Khimsar is situated around 92 km on the Jodhpur-Nagaur-Bikaner Highway.
State transport corporation buses and private buses connect Khimsar with
other centers in the region. Local Transport Buses, taxis, and jeeps are
available on hire to enable tourists to visit the places around Khimsar.