Twenty one generations ago, Rao Karamsji built the marvelous Khimsar Fort, on the edge of the bleak Thar Desert. Rising above golden sand dunes, this citadel stands as menacingly as it did when it was built in 1523. It directly passed in lineage to his descendants and today, it is the residence of Karamsot Rathore. But the 11 acres of breathtaking grounds and the gigantic fort were too big to be used as a private residence, and hence a huge chunk of it has been converted into a hotel – WelcomHeritage Khimsar Fort that exemplifies royal Rajasthani hospitality amongst traditional and contemporary opulence.
The rooms are characterized by heritage arches and tapestries, contemporary comforts and some even have private terraces. 16 cottages with secluded courtyards are scattered around the lake, complete with open air showers and an ethnic feel. Recreational options abound as the plush acreage boasts of a flood-lit tennis court, fitness centre, mini home-theatre, an amphitheater with regular performances, countryside trail with jeep safari and camel ride options, a poolside bar that promises a wild night and a rejuvenating spa. A luxurious retreat within the arid Thar, Khimsar transforms into a magical sight as twilight approaches. Guests can lounge at the rooftop restaurant and lose themselves in the essence of Rajasthan as they enjoy succulent meals while traditional folk dancers serenade them. To experience off-beaten Rajasthan, Khimsar Fort is a must visit, after all the Government of India has honoured it with the ‘Grand Heritage Award for Excellence.’