We were searching for an offbeat locale and after doing our due diligence, we zeroed in on Khimsar, a name that sounded as exotic as the place that it was to be.
We reached the Khimsar fort, an hour or so before sunset. The majestic fort building is visible from the Nagaur-Jodhpur highway. The fort was great as it was luxurious and the service was decent- apparently it had been awarded the 'Grand Heritage Award for Excellence' by the Tourism Board of India.
We set out to visit a nearby dhaba, had tea with some locals and left for the Blackbuck Reserve 15kms away where we saw deers and blackbucks. The weather being cool, the open jeep and the desert terrain we were greeted with air transforming from cool to chilly, but nonetheless it was great fun.
Next was the Khimsar sand dune resort- a five star village offering views of the most bewildering sand dune sights. The resort comprises a cluster of 16 huts, fashioned in the style of local village hutments known as dhanis, with a 17ft thatched grass dome. This sand dunes resort may be nothing like what you would have imagined or seen before, and a stay for two nights is much recommended.
There is so much to see once you go to Jodhpur, the tour depends on how much time you have. The highlight is Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill overlooking the city, from where one gets a bird's eye view of Jodhpur. The museum in the fort houses several interesting collections including one of palanquins. Close to the fort is Umaid Bhawan Palace. The three hundred and forty seven roomed palace, the residence of the royal family and now a heritage hotel, is an awe-inspiring study in the art deco style.
While coming back, we started early so we could take blessings from Lord Brahma at Pushkar as well as visit the holy dargah at Ajmer Sharif.
How to reach there
By Air: Nearest airport Jodhpur
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Jodhpur
By Road: Delhi - Ajmer - Khimsar