Desert

Khimsar

Nestled at the edge of the Thar Desert, Khimsar is a village 100 km north of Jodhpur. It is located in Nagaur district of Rajasthan between Bikaner and Jodhpur.

Once an independent kingdom, Khimsar is most famous for its fort. It was constructed by Prince Rao Karamasji, eighth son of Rao Jodha- the founder of royal dynasty of Khimsar, in 1523 with the intention of providing strong defense to the village from invaders.

The walls and the parapets of the 450-year-old structure still stand proudly today. The fort has some finely carved balconies in the women's section, also known as the Zenana. The royal family moved to the fort in the 18th century after the construction of its women's section.

Still home to the erstwhile royal family, the Khimsar fort has been converted into a heritage hotel. The royal garage at the Khimsar Fort is home to a row of vintage cars and is a must visit.

The centre of the village has a water body and appears as an oasis. The village is a convenient stopover between Pushkar and Jaisalmer.

A major attraction for travelers, Nagaur Festival is celebrated every year in the village during the months of January and February. Cattle trade is one of the highlights of the festival.