Famous for the Nagaur Festival, Khimsar is a small village in the state of Rajasthan, Ideal for a relaxed weekend getaway in the winters.
During the Nagaur Festival, people from far and near come and trade cattle in bulk. Various activities like tug-of-war, camel racing, etc. are also organized. The red chili markets set up during this time are also famous all over Asia. Tourists mainly flock to this town during the Nagaur festival. Also, the Khimsar Fort and the Sand Dune villages are prominent tourist attractions here.
Khimsar Fort is one such architectural splendour where you can immerse into utmost royalty and grandeur and relive the Kings and Queens's life. If you're a wildlife enthusiast looking to spot the rarest wildlife species, then you must visit the Panchala Black Buck Reserve that is home to three distinct species of antelope- Chinkara, the Blackbuck, and Blue Bull and a wide variety of birds.
Perched on the edge of the great Thar Desert, The Khimsar Fort was constructed in the 16th century. This fortress has witnessed many battles of the bygone era. Tourists can see the evidence of a war on the fort's walls. The well-preserved magnificent mansion is spread over 11 acres of sprawling lawns, orchards, and open courtyards. It is one of the most spectacular heritage hotels in India. The fortress was built in 1523 by Rao Karamsji, the 8th son of Rao Jodha of Jodhpur.
SAND DUNES VILLAGE
The Sand Dunes Village is located at a distance of 6 km from the Khimsar. Surrounded by golden sand dunes, a luxurious retreat has been created for the guests. The typical villages offer an insight into the lives of the residents of the desert. Witness the alluring arts and crafts. Enjoy a lavish stay in typical desert camps. Jeep/camel safari into the nearby sand dunes or villages is also wonderful. Spend the evening under the bright sheet of stars warming yourself by the bonfire.
DHAWA DHOLI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
This is one of the best places to visit in Khimsar for those who wish to get drenched in the bliss of nature and savor some memorable moments. Situated around forty-five kilometers southwest of Jodhpur city, this sanctuary boasts of varied wildlife comprising blackbucks, sambhar, Desert Rats, cheetal, and Antelopes, nilgai, and desert foxes. This sanctuary is also home to a wide variety of migratory as well as native birds.
Situated in the heart of Nagaur city, this fort is the perfect example of Rajasthani architecture and design. It was built by Mughal rulers Akbar and Shah Jahan and has a big campus and massive walls. It has a lush green garden, fountains, famous temples, and three main entry gates. This fort has also witnessed many huge battles in the past centuries.
PANCHALA BLACK BUCK RESERVE
The Panchala Black Buck Reserve is home to native inhabitants of the desert. Three species of antelope - the Blackbuck, Chinkara, and Blue Bull- are abundant in the lands. The Demoiselle cranes are also popular species calling the reserve their home. They migrate from southern Europe and northern Asia between October and March.