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“Great Place...that's about it” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   27, Shivaji Nagar Civil Lines, Khimsar 305 022, India   |  
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Delhi, India
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“Great Place...that's about it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

The main advantage is that if you are covering Jodhpur, you don't have to travel to Jaisalmer to experience dunes. The place is everything the previous reviewers have described. Feeling of being cut off (cellphone works, no TV or intercomm), helps you relax. You have enough to keep to engaged for a day but not more than that. Our best experience was having dinner with campfire burning. There is an artificial lake, my daughter enjoyed playing with ducks there and rolling in the sand.
As mentioned by others, the meals are ok and overpriced. Breakfast was a bit disappointing. You can stay in Fort and come here to spend some time if that suits you. Try not to be the only guest here, best if you are travelling as a group.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Bokaro, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

An excellent 5 star hotel.Service of hotel is excellent.Rooms of hotel are very spacious and comfortable.Hotel is very neat and clean.Food of hotel is very very tasty.It also contains many vintage cars which are very beautiful.Hotel have some shops and a large swimming pool.We loved the hotel very much.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

iam a delhi based fashion photographer ..... I recently did a fashion shoot at this place & our experience has been amazing .... i highly recommend a visit here :)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

Nice place , hospitable staff.Clean .
NICE place to spend tie in peaceful atomsphere away from the hustle bustle of city life

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Our stay at the Dunes Village was the clear standout experience in our Rajasthan trip - even in comparison to a great Jaisalmer visit with a fantastic dunes experience, Jodhpur with the zipline experience in the mehrangarh fort. The setting is straight out of a fairy tale - fabulously created and maintained dunes (the entire property is probably close to 100 acres - so maintaining this is such a pristine condition is a commendable effort. The dunes are fairly high - climbing them up is a bit of a effort, and once you are up there, you can walk along the top of the dunes with some great views of the tiny village below with just 16 huts and one or 2 large huts, a beautiful pond and some well manicured trees. All my son and I did for the 2 days there was to walk up and down, along the dunes, play with the silky smooth sand, feed the ducks in the pond and just lose ourself in this truly rustic setting. The huts itself are fabulously decorated with local Rajasthani designs, are large, have a nice bath and overhead shower.
I highly recommend including this place in your Rajasthan trip - do the Dunes, the fort is just another fort hotel. This would also rate as a top honeymoon spot recommendation. With just 16 huts in a large, pretty, remote setting, the place is as romantic as it can get.
On improvements, they should offer some great Rajasthani folk music and dance around the campfire in the night, have a nice bar set-up, make the service a little more not-in-the-face (i don't need a guy right next to me all the time), keep the pond ultra clean (we could see a few plactis bottles, polythene bags in the otherwise pristine pond).

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

The fort is far away from city and I guess that's what make it so special and unspoiled. Rooms were spacious and luxurious complete with view and tata sky.

Dinner was something that we relished every day in the 16th century ruins amid candle lights. Specially the rajasthani cuisine was out of this world. Hospitality too was unparalleled. The cultural events in evening were repetitive but kids enjoyed that.

Overall it was an excellent discovery and would love to go again next year.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

Pros:
The place is lovely, the sunset from top of the dune absolutely breathtaking. The experience is nice too, as you are taken the last couple of hundred meters in a camel cart.

Cons:
The "dune" area seems totally artificial as the land around it is not naturally as barren.
The Dinner was overpriced and just about OK.
Breakfast was so-so.

The location - If you are doing this as a weekend trip from Jaipur - it's VERY far out. Will take you about 6 hours one way. Better if you are going to continue onward to Jodhpur.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 27, Shivaji Nagar Civil Lines, Khimsar 305 022, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Khimsar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Khimsar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Khimsar Sand Dunes Village 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Khimsar Fort !!"You are not prepared for the beauty, the grandeur, the layout or the magnificence of this castle even as you approach it through sand dunes and narrow countryside roads. It suddenly hits you on a blind corner. Come and savour the experience..."Perched on the edge of the Great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India lies this unique 16th century fort that offers experience after exhilarating experience. Hundreds of years of history unfold as you glance at its battle-scarred walls and stroll down its ramparts. As you sip tea on the terraces you realize the beauty of being surrounded by acres of lush green gardens. A true rarity of any desert in the world!! Peacocks, parrots, pigeons and as many as forty-six varieties of birds greet you to add to the charm and splendour of this ancient fort.Today, Khimsar Fort has been awarded the 'NATIONAL GRAND HERITAGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE' (this being the highest recognition conferred upon any heritage property by the Department of Tourism, Government of India).You are not prepared for the beauty, the grandeur, the layout or the magnificence of this castle even as you approach it through sand dunes and narrow countryside roads. It suddenly hits you on a blind corner. Come and savour the experience. Khimsar Sand Dunes Village !!“This village nestles amidst sand dunes that seem to roll into eternity. Fortunately, access is only by jeep, camel or horseback. It is truly remote, rural and romantic !”Rustic in appearance, in consonance with the surroundings, these luxurious huts have been deliberately designed to be eco-friendly. Come savour the tranquility of the Thar desert in all its majesty! The mini-lake that appears out of nowhere seems to be just a mirage. Isn't it actually an oasis?Take in a golden sunrise or a colourful sunset amidst golden sands- even as you sip your cuppa! Down a sundowner, followed by a meal around a bonfire- as million of stars blink benevolently down at you.Take a jeep safari into the black buck reserve or ride a camel into the wild desert countryside. Also, avail of the leisure activities and the facilities at the fort-a mere 15 minutes by jeep! ... more   less 

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