I spent a fair bit of time in the desert and never had much love for sand and the prickly thorns it came with. But the Khimsar Dune resort really does provide a one of a kind experience.
When we got to the hill, we got off the 4WD and hopped onto a Camel Cart for the short trip to our hut. A little man made lake in the center just adds to the ambiance. On the one day I spent there, I must have spent most of it lazing around in the hammock under the shade of the tree. And the rest of it, eating dinner at the hilltop restaurant.
The rooms were cool and comfortable and well equipped. So don't worry about having to 'rough-it' to live among the dunes. The staff was very polite and helpful and added to the overall experience.
- 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