Much famed for its cultural heritage and age-old settlements, Khimsar is one of the best-kept secrets of Rajasthan, located near the village of Khinwsar. Yet to be explored to its fullest potential by the travellers, Khimsar makes for a great vacation if you are looking to visit some offbeat places near Jodhpur. The village nestles amidst sand dunes that seem to roll into eternity and is also home to another marvel – Khimsar Fort!
Found in the 16th century and owned by the Karamsot dynasty, the Khimsar fort was constructed by Rao Karamsiji, who was the eighth son of Rao Jodhaji and the founder of Jodhpur. Because of its striking beauty, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel, and a part of it is occupied by the descendants of the royal family. The magnificent fort offers an enthralling experience to the visitors and is one of the most beautiful forts and palaces in Rajasthan due to its marvellous architecture and splendour.
While Aurangzeb was out on his conquests, the fort of Khimsar was his temporary residence. Situated in the middle of uninhabited land, the sheer magnificence of structure rising above the dunes is awe-inspiring. As you stroll along the fort corridors, you will see gods and goddesses defaced by Aurangzeb carved in sandstone.
The property spreads over 11 acres of lush land and has huge courtyards and orchards, making it an interesting setting, amid sand dunes. The turrets, stables, and passageways echoes with the 500 year-old-stories of both glory and plunder. There are a total of 68 luxuriously traditionally decorated rooms, yet equipped with all modern facilities such as air-conditioning, LCD television, and minibar. In addition to this, most of the rooms have a private terrace or balcony.
The hotel offers wide selection of Indian and International cuisine with specialization in local delicacies. Begin your day by having breakfast at the fort Ramparts while observing ducks, geese, fish & wild birds in the tranquil silence of the golden sands. Relax at the spa and pool. Have lunch at the terrace gazebo while basking in the winter sun. Visit the royal garage which is home to a row of vintage cars and get cozy in the indoor restaurant or around a bonfire for dinner- as shooting stars streaks the sky.
Here, all you can do is sit back, relax, enjoy the solitude and spend some quality time with your friends. As night falls, lie back and watch the sky light up with a million stars like your city eyes have never seen.
How to reach?
By Flight – Nearest airport is in Jodhpur. Just 90 km away from here.
By Buses – There are regular buses from the various important cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Bikaner, which takes you till Naguar. From Naguar, you have to hire a taxi.
By train – Nearest railway station is at Nagaur.
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