Pokhran (also called Pokaran) is a desert city and a municipality situated in the district of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. It belongs to the Pokaran panchayath, Jodhpur division. It is a fairly remote destination in the region of the Thar Desert. India conducted its first underground nuclear weapon detonation in Pokhran. It is surrounded by sandy, rocky salt ranges. Pokhran is also known as ‘the place of five mirages’ and is also a pilgrimage centre in Jainism.
Places to Stay
There are several budget hotels to stay close to Pokhran. Few of them include Motel Pokaran Standard RTDC (Tariff – Rs. 1216), Fort Pokaran and Royal Desert Safari Resort & Camp.
Hindi is the official language spoken here. Rajasthani is also spoken.
A large Ramdevera fair is held in Ramdevera village close to Pokhran in August – September every year.
Places of Interest
There are many places of interests in and around Pokhran. Some of them are Fort Pokaran, Jaisalmer fort, Jain temple, Historical Sikh Gurdwara, Jaisalmer (77 km), Sankra (2 km), Baytoo (74 km), Sheo (76 km), Ramdevra (12 km) and Patwon Ki Haveli.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Pokhran is Jaisalmer Airport, which is located at 79 km away.
Obhaniya Chache Rail Way Station (33 km) and Shribdrya Lathi Rail Way Station (38 km) are the nearest railheads to Pokhran.
There are plenty of bus operators from and to Pokhran. Travellers can avail many buses from nearby cities namely Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner. Kalpana Travels and M.R. Travels are some of the trusted operators who offer great travel experiences. Opt for online bus ticket booking to visit all the popular destinations across India.
The second largest city in the Indian State of Rajasthan was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the Kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert.
Places to Stay
There are beautiful places to stay in this marvellous city which include: The Blue House Hotel (charges Rs 1568 Onwards, 1.2 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Station Road), Hotel Haveli (charges Rs 1011 and above, 1.9 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Nai Sarak), Park Plaza - Jodhpur (Rs 4574 Onwards, 3.6 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Police Line Road) and Hotel Suncity International (Rs 1374 onwards, 3 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Police Line Road) and Kothi Heritage (Rs 2825 and above, 2.5 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on NH-112).
Marwar Festival :The most popular Jodhpur Festival - Marwar Festival, is Celebrated in the month of September-October in memory of Heroes of Rajasthan.Jodhpur Nagaur Fair:This is the second largest Fair in India which is celebrated during the month of January - February. It is popularly known as Cattle Fair of Nagaur.Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival:Started few years ago this festival has gained immense popularity. It is held on 14th of January every year.
Main languages of this region are Hindi, Marwari and Rajasthani.
Places to Visit
Mehrangarh Fort which is 4.2 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand is one of the most beautiful and main tourist spots in Jodhpur. Jaswant Thada which is 4 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand, Bal Samand Lake and Palace which is 10 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand and Kaylana Lake which is 9.1 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand.
How to Get There
Jodhpur Airport is the prominent Airport in Rajasthan and is connected to the major cities.
Jodhpur Railway Station is well connected to Major Cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Pune, Kota, Kanpur, Bareilly, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bhopal, Dhanbad, Guwahati, Nagpur, Lucknow, Gwalior and Jaipur. The railway station is also the originating point for various trains like Jodhpur – Indore Express, Jodhpur – Chennai express, Jodhpur – Puri Express, Mandore Express, Suryanagri Superfast Express etc
Jodhpur is connected by Road to all major cities in Rajasthan. Outer States are also well connected like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Ujjain, Agra. Rajasthan Roadways is providing Volvo bus service to major cities. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.