Rajasthan Travel Guide

Excursions From Pokhran

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Khichan

Khichan is 73 km from Pokhran and famous for its bird sanctury.

Khichan Bird Sanctury- Khichan Bird Sanctuary is a natural sanctuary serves as home to three types of birds called Kurjan, Karkara and Kunch that migrate from South West Europe, Black Sea region, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, North and South Africa and Mongolia. These birds can be seen in large numbers at this bird sanctuary between October and March as they migrate to India during this time to avoid the cold winters of Europe. Khichan Bird Sanctuary is popular world wide as the Demoiselle Crane village.

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is at a distance of 137 kms from Pokhran and known for its majestic forts and palaces.

Bada BaghBada Bagh, a huge park famous for royal cenotaphs or chattris built by various Bhatti rulers is located at a distance of 6 km from the Jaisalmer city. The cenotaph of King Maharawal Jait Singh is the most ancient cenotaph among all. Apart from cenotaphs, tourists can also see the Jait Sar tank, the Jait Bandh dam, and a Govardhan Stambh inside the park. Solid blocks of stones were used in the construction of the both the dam and the tank.

Amar Singh Palace- Amar Singh Palace was constructed by King Maharawal Akhai Singh in honour of Amar Singh in the 17th century. This royal palace located at a distance of 7 kms away from the Jaisalmer city on the banks of the Amar Sagar Lake. This water body is surrounded by various stone carved figureheads of animals which are believed to be the protectors of the royal family. There are numerous ponds, walls, and a Shiva temple inside the building complex.

Patwon Ji ki Haveli- Patwon Ji ki Haveli is the most important and the largest haveli, and this haveli is in Jaisalmer. It is not a single haveli but a group of five small havelis. The first in the row is also the most popular, and is also known as Kothari’s Patwa Haveli.

Nathmalji ki Haveli- Nathmalji ki Haveli was the residence of the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer, Diwan Mohata Nathmal, and it was built in yellow sandstone in Jaisalmer. The most interesting fact about it is that all its artefacts are done by a jeweler and not a stone carver.

Salim Ji ka Haveli- Salim Ji ka Haveli is located in the heart of the Jaisalmer city, near the Jaisalmer railway station. This 300 years old Haveli is named after its owner Salim Singh Mahto and was built on the remains of an older haveli, built in the late 17th century.

Akal Wood Fossil Park- Akal Wood Fossil Park is located at a distance of 17 km from the city of Jaisalmer. This park is a 180 year old reserve and is spread over an area of 21 hectares. Tourists can see huge fossilised tree trunks and antique sea shells here. Future excavations under the administration of the archaeological department are expected to bring even more fossils into the light.

Mool Sagar – Mool Sagar, located at a distance of 8 km from Jaisalmer is a popular tourist attraction in Rajasthan. It lies on the road leading to the Sam Sand Dunes. Maharawal Moolraj II constructed the Mool Sagar complex in the year 1815. Mool Sagar has a beautiful garden along with a tank and was built as a summer retreat for the royal families of Jaisalmer. A Shiva temple, three Jain Temples, dedicated to all the Jain Tirthankaras, several wells and a Raj Mahal can be seen inside the garden.

Jaisalmer FortJaisalmer Fort is regarded as ‘The Pride of Jaisalmer’ and is located at the heart of the city. It is also known as the ‘Sonar Quila’ or the ‘Golden Fort’ as this yellow sandstone fort sparks like gold during sunset. It was constructed by Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput ruler on the top of the Trikura hill in the year 1156. Jaisalmer Fort houses many beautiful havelis or mansions, temples and residential complexes of the soldiers and traders. This huge fort is surrounded by a 30 ft tall wall and have 99 bastions. The fort depicts ideal fusion of Rajput and Mughal architectural style.

Haveli Shreenath– Haveli Sreenath, a picturesque building was constructed by the Vyas family during the 15th century. Earlier, this building was the residence of the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. Presently, one half of this building is occupied by the ancestors of the royal family and the other half has been converted to a heritage hotel. Tourists visiting Jaisalmer can enjoy royal hospitality here. The beautiful wooden carvings and iron fittings of the doors add attraction to the haveli.

Jaisalmer Folklore Museum- Jaisalmer Folklore Museum is located on the pristine banks of Gadi Sagar and founded in 1984 by N K Sharma. It is situated near the Tilon-ki-Pol gateway and the Desert Culture Centre.

Jaisalmer Government Museum- Jaisalmer Government Museum was established on the 19 Feb 1984 by Department of Archeology with an aim to highlight the diverse tradition, culture of Thar Desert and its heritage.

Gadsisar LakeGadsisar Lake, an artificial lake was constructed by the King Maharwal Gadsi during 14th century. This rainwater lake served as the prime water source during that period. There are various small temples situated on the banks of the lake. Tourists can see various migratory birds on the lake. Visitors can also see the ‘Gate of Tillon’ located close to the lake. This gateway arches crossing the road and is adorned with an idol of the Hindu deity Vishnu, installed in 1908.

Chandraprabhu Temple– Chandraprabhu Temple, a Jain shrine dedicated to the 8th Jain Tirthankara was constructed in the year 1509 and is located inside the Jaisalmer Fort. temple is dedicated to the 8th Jain Tirthankara. This is one of the prominent seven Jain Temples of the country made of red stones and is famous for its Rajput architectural style. The intricate carvings, geometrical patterns and attractive facades add attraction to the overall view.


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