Khimsar is surrounded by the Thar desert. The desert stretches as far as the eye can see. It seems as if the whole town is buried under a layer of golden sand. The village is surrounded by many sand dunes. These dunes are the best spots to sit and relax. Sitting on top of the sand dunes you can admire how the sun rays are scattered over the desert to give it a lustrous shine. The village is a testament to how even the barren desert can be a salve to sore eyes. Khimsar is away from the hustle bustle of the town and is admired for its rich cultural heritage.
1. Khimsar Fort
Khimsar fort is a formidable construction meant to keep all invaders out and keep all the inhabitants of the fort safe. The fort housed the royal family. There is a zanana that was only meant for the use of the women in the royal household. This saw the strict adherence to the Parda Pratha, that is still prevalent in Rajasthan. The charm of the fort lies in the rugged walls and the rigid construction. The fort provides a beautiful view of the desert terrain that surrounds it.
2. Khimsar Dunes Village
The site is fifteen kilometres away from the main city area. Though there are no navigable roads to reach the area. The short journey can only be undertaken on camel back or jeeps, that cut right through the desert. The journey to the area is as much fun as the village itself. Khimsar Dunes Village is a small area that is nestled around a lake. The area has many huts that are eco-friendly. The village is an example of Rajasthani rural life. The secluded area exudes a rural charm.
The fake lake was made by wealthy merchants and was an important stop over for many caravans. In the old days when journey could last up to days, the Osian was an important construction.The much-needed stop over soon became a centre for many shrines. The area has many Hindu and Jain temples. Thus, the Osian moved from being a primarily economic site to a spiritual one as well. The building left behind are a testament of the same.
Nagaur is forty-three kilometres away from Khimsar. Nagaur is famous for the huge cattle fair that happens in the region. The region was always an important exchange place for herdsmen. They would often come here and sell their animals and animal related products. Since the old days, the area has drawn significant wealth in exchange for cattle and other movable assets. Today, the area organises many cattle fairs. Here many people come and sell their cattle. Apart from that, there are many camel races that are organised for the entertainment of the visitors. The visitors come here in huge numbers to see a still prevailing rural way of existence.
Another area that is in close proximity to Khimsar is the city-state of Jodhpur. Today, it is a flourishing urban centre. In the olden days, the city as the rule of the powerful Marwar rulers who took the city to the peak of its success. Under the monarchs, the city emerged as one of the most powerful centres In Rajputana. Today all that stands of that old glory is the monuments that are left behind. Jodhpur has many palaces and forts that narrate the stories of valiant kings and beautiful princesses.
The architecture here portrays the story of the gallant Rajputs who were ready to die for their nation. The town should be a part of any and every road trip that one takes around the barren terrain of Rajasthan. The desert trail is dotted with many such small towns, each with its own charm. Khimsar is a weekend getaway for families where everyone will have a chance to learn something new.
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