Khimsar, a small village on the edge of the great Thar Desert in Rajasthan, is reputed for its glorious forts and ancient buildings and structures. Tourism Industry has flourished over the past few years offering trips to remote areas on camels or horses and visit to the fort, which still belongs to the royal family. This region is a great place to visit, as it has several tourist attractions.
Places to Stay
There are no budget hotels available in Khimsar. Nagaur, which is 44 km away from this area, provides decent accommodation. Some of the hotels here are Hotel Mahaveer International (Tariff – Rs.737), Hotel Sujan (Tariff – Rs.263) and Hotel Bhaskar (Tariff – Rs.413).
The languages spoken in Khimsar are Rajasthani and Hindi.
The most important festivals celebrated here are Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Teej Festival in July, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are interesting sightseeing areas in Khimsar. These places include Khimsar Fort (600 m) and Khimsar Dunes Village (7 km) away from Khimsar.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is situated in Jaipur, which is 301 km away from Khimsar.
There is no railway station in Khimsar. Nagaur Railway Station, which is 43 km away from Khimsar, is the nearest railway station.
The village of Khimsar is well connected by state-run and private buses that bring visitors to this area. There are daily buses to Khimsar by private bus operators such as Mahendra & Raneja Travels, VK Jain Marwar Travels and Laxmi Travels from Surat and Ahmedabad. Online bus booking is a rage with travelers these days because several travel websites provide cheap bus ticket booking facility to its customers.
Palanpur is a city and a municipality of Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat. It is 126 kms from state capital Gandhinagar towards south. The city is one of the largest cities in North Gujarat after Mehsana. Palanpur is known as "flower city" because of perfumes (Itar) available here. It is also known for its textile retail market and diamonds. A number of primary industries including dairy & marbles are situated in or around the city.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Palanpur Cappal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400), Way Wait Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Hotel Bilipatra (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Green Woods Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Palanpur is Gujarati. People also speak Hindi.
Navratri (October), Diwali (October or November), Holi (March), Vasant Panchmi (January / February), Rakshbandhan (August) and Uttarayan (January) are the important festivals celebrated in Palanpur.
Places to Visit
Some of the places to visit are Balaram Palace (31 kms), The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary (15 kms), Sun Temple (96 kms), Gayatri Temple (5.2 kms), Jain temples (1.2 kms), Ambaji temple located in Ambaji (55 kms) Kedarnath Mahadev Temple (32 kms) and Balaram Mahadev temple (14 kms).
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad (142kms)
Abu Road Railway Station is nearest major railway station (53 kms) to Palanpur.
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and some private travel services have regular buses to Palanpur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sifat Tours & Travels, Soni Tours & Travels, Shreenath Travelers and Neeta Tours and Travels. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.