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.
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.
The quaint little village of Khimsar was once a small kingdom
established by a scion of the house of Jodhpur. It is
situated around 92 km away from Jodhpur (on the Jodhpur - Bikaner
highway) and is one of the most interesting sites you can ever visit
in Rajasthan. The Khimsar village is also an excellent starting point
for anyone interested in exploring the Nagaur region.
Khimsar has always been a bone of contention between the royals of
Jodhpur and the Thakurs of Khimsar. According to the Thakurs, Khimsar
was always an independent entity. However, the Jodhpur royals beg to
differ on the issue. Meanwhile, the most important attraction of
Khimsar is its grand fort that still houses the 18th, 19th and 20th
generations of the Khimsar Thakurs.
Khimsar Fort: The
Khimsar Fort is perched on the edge of the vast Thar Desert of
Rajasthan and is the most important attraction of this rustic hamlet.
It was constructed around the beginning of the 16th century. At that
point of time, it was basically a military structure, full of turrets,
fort walls and stables. A Zenana or ladies residence was constructed
in the mid-18th century after which the royal family moved to the
fort. The fort was subsequently converted into a hotel that is often
rated as one of the best heritage hotels in India.
Temple: The Sacchiyamata Temple is located in Osian, a small
hamlet located around 27 km away from Khimsar. The temple is in a
dilapidated state but nevertheless is one of the most important
attractions of Osian.
The cattle fair takes place in Nagaur, some 43 km away from Khimsar.
Visited by thousands of locals and tourists, the Nagaur cattle fair is
also known for its camel races and sporting events.
The nearest airport from
Khimsar is located in Jodhpur, some 92 kms away. The nearest railway
station is also located in Jodhpur. Meanwhile, regular buses connect
Khimsar with other centers in the region