Pokhran is a village located in the Jaisalmer district of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a remote location in the Thar Desert region and has served as the test site for India’s first underground nuclear weapon, ballistic missiles. The word Pokharan means land of five mirages and it has been named so because of the five salt ranges surrounding the place. You get to enjoy the beauty of endless sand dunes and desert landscapes. It is a pilgrimage center of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Muslims. Devotees come in large numbers throughout the year. You can plan a visit to Pokaran staying at Manvar, our resort in Jaisalmer.
It was a historic place before it became famous in the world for the nuclear test. It has an interesting mythological association to it. According to Ramayan, the mythological river Saraswati flowed through the area. When Lord Ram shot an arrow to dry the ocean area between India and Lanka, the arrow missed and hit the river Saraswati which dried up the river and formed the Thar. Staying at Manvar, our resort in Jaisalmer, you can visit the religious places in Pokharan.
The major attractions of Pokhran are:
Pokhran Fort: A yellow sandstone fort built in the 15th century by the Marwar Thakur Rao Maldeo stands still, representing the Rajasthan of the medieval era. It is also known as “Balagarh”. The fort is known for its architectural magnificence. It has been amazingly designed to survive the harsh Rajasthan climate. Famous for its wells and grain houses that were used to store tonnes of food grains attracts a lot of tourists. The wooden doors at the gateway of this fort are fitted with lethal iron spikes to guard against the enemy. There are palaces inside the fort named Phool Mahal, Rani Mahal, Mangal Niwas and Hawa Mahal.
There is a Goddess Durga temple inside the fort where not only do devotees come in large numbers to offer their prayer but is also a tourist attraction.
Pokhran Museum: You get to see a collection of weapons, miniature paintings, pottery, and the costumes of royal families. This is also located inside the fort complex.
Chhatris: These are beautifully carved sandstone cenotaphs that were built to honor kings after their death. Some of these chhatris were also built in honor of queens who immortalized themselves by committing Sati which is a practice to burn in fire after the demise of their husband. The architecture of cenotaphs consists of series of pillars on a raised platform supporting a central dome. These cenotaphs are adorned with beautiful sculptures and design patterns that fascinate tourists during their visit.
Ramdev Temple: Baba Ramdev is one of the folk Gods in the area. A colorful and vibrant fair known as the Ramdeora fair is held twice a year in February and in August. Tourists come here during the fair and experience a colorful display of the heritage and culture of Rajasthan. The festival is celebrated for 11 days. You get to see and buy from a display of mirrored Rajasthani embroidery and traditional arts and crafts along with some sweet and spicy snacks of Rajasthan.
You can also find antiquely designed furniture and interior crafts.
Pokharan is also known for its beautiful and royal Havelis. Some of the popular Havelis that deserve a must-visit tag on your itinerary are the Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, the Patwon Ji-ki-Haveli, and the Nathmalji-ki-Haveli.
Pokharan is an off-beat destination unlike other tourist places of Rajasthan, but the culture is in sync. Tourists from several parts of the globe visit Pokharan to enjoy the interwoven beauty of nature and Rajasthan heritage culture. It’s about a 1-hour drive from Manvar, our resort in Jaisalmer. October to March is the perfect time to visit Pokharan.
As we are beginning our desert camp and luxury camp facilities in Manvar, our resort in Jaisalmer on October 1st, you can come over for a vacation and visit Pokharan.