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Khimsar - Of Sand Dunes And A Fabulous Fortress


Khimsar, the tiny hamlet, is located at the edge of the Great Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan. The centre of the village has a water body, which appears as a picturesque oasis in the dry desert. Once upon a time, Khimsar was an independent kingdom ruled by the Thakurs of the region.

Tourist Places In And Around Khimsar

The history of Khimsar dates back to the period of construction of the Khimsar Fort in the 16th century. This fortress has witnessed many battles of the bygone era. Tourists can see the evidence of the war on the walls of the fort. Though the fort was built to guard the Khimsar kingdom against enemy attacks, it became a residential place when the women's section known as the Zanana was added to it in 1940.

Presently, a part of the fort serves as a heritage hotel of the region while the rest is occupied by the descendants of the royal family of Khimsar. Tourists planning a holiday trip to Khimsar can also visit the place called Osian. This place is renowned for several ancient Jain and Hindu temples.

If time permits, tourists can head towards the heritage hotel Sand Dunes Village to enjoy camel safaris on the golden sandy slopes of the desert. A large number of tourists come here between the months of January and February to enjoy the Nagaur Festival. This is a typical cattle fair which allows visitors to enjoy camel races, bullock races, folk music and dance forms of the region.

How To Reach Khimsar

Khimsar is well connected by air, rail and road. The Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airbase to the place. Regular flights are available from Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi and Udaipur to this airport. The closest railhead to Khimsar is also located in Jodhpur. Travellers can hire cabs from both the railway station and the airport to reach Khimsar.

This place lies on the Jodhpur-Nagaur-Bikaner Highway. Therefore, tourists can reach Khimsar easily by buses from its neighbouring cities.

Khimsar Weather

The region experiences extreme climate for the most part of the year. The best time to travel to Khimsar is during winters which commence in the month of November and last till March.

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How to Reach Khimsar

  • By Road
    Khimsar has excellent road connectivity as it is located on the Jodhpur-Nagaur-Bikaner Highway. Both government and private luxurious buses ply to Khimsar from the major cities of the state.
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  • By Train
    The Jodhpur Railway Station is the closest railhead to Khimsar which is about 140km away from the place. This railway station is connected to Delhi, Jaisalmer, Pune, Mumbai, Bikaner, and Ahmedabad by frequent trains. Cabs are available from this railway station to reach Khimsar.
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  • By Air
    The nearest airport to Khimsar is located in the Jodhpur city. This airport is well connected to Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi and Udaipur by frequent flights. Taxis are available from the Jodhpur Airport to Khimsar. Foreign tourists can reach the destination from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) of New Delhi.
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