The extravagantly restored residence of the Champawat Chief, Pokhran Fort has recently been converted into a hotel that offers conventional Rajasthani hospitality that in a distant era was offered to the Mughal rulers themselves. An interesting mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture, this 14th century fortress is an ideal location for a good night’s sleep en-route Jaisalmer, from other historically rich cities like Bikaner and Jodhpur.
Standing on the ancient silk route, Pokhran saw a lot of activity, trading in silks, spices and salt with Persia and farther away. It’s name literally translates to the place of the ‘five mirages’ and as one enters the marvellous citadel, he is enamoured by the magnificence of the dining room, the elaborate library and grand museum that chronicles life through the different centuries. The structure exemplifies grandeur and consists of bejewelled sandstone carved to form striking turrets and parapets that offer exceptional views of the surrounds. As the hotel is less frequented, one can enjoy privacy and avail the excellent service and facilities offered at the fortress. The hosts also arrange for village and wildlife safaris where one can view the native fauna including the atypical damsel cranes and the great Indian bustard.