The desert city of Pokran in Jaisalmer is a picturesque locale encircled by rocks and sand. Its setting in Rajasthan’s Thar Desert has earned Pokhran its name meaning the "Place of Five Mirages". One of the early rulers of the city was Emperor Ajmal Tomar whose ancestor Anagpal Tomar once reigned over the national capital. Bordered by 5 salt ranges, the city set at a height of 764 feet has a rustic charm that attracts tourists from all around the planet.
The 14th Century Citadel of Pokaran
Commonly referred to as Balagarh; Fort Pokaran is an important fortress that once belonged to the Champawat leaders during the 14th century. They belong to the Rathore family who headed Marwar and Jodhpur at the time. The ancient bastion is present in the Great Indian Thar Desert to this day and is visited by scores of Indian as well as overseas travelers.
Tourism in Pokhrann
A premier pilgrimage center for the Jain religion; the city houses a renowned Jain temple built as a tribute to Parshva. Devotees of the 23rd Tirthankara frequent the shrine to offer prayers each year. People may also cherish a visit to the ancient Gurdwara Damdama Sahib. It is a popular attraction because the tranquil Sikh place of worship is said to have been visited by Lord Guru Nanak.
Travelers who cannot get enough of the fascinating desert region can opt to drive to nearby Jaisalmer and even Jodhpur or Bikaner for a spot of sight-seeing on their holiday.