Visit to Pokhran Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Traveling around in Rajasthan, one has to be absolutely careful setting your foot lest you damage a protected monument! Almost every 50 to 100 km during our drive we found ourselves at either an ancient temple or a fort or an oasis or a palace! A state with a huge concentration of sight seeing places, it is definitely worth wandering around in a vehicle rather than hopping from city to city by air.
History of Pokhran Fort
Pokran is one such place famous for fort and havelis. 112kms from Jaisalmer, we halted here on our way to Jodhpur. Pokhran is also the place where India’s first nuclear weapon detonation took place. The place is out of bounds for all.
Pokhran fort is five centuries old and was constructed by the Marwar Thakur (local chieftain) Rao Maldeo who reigned from 1532-1584. It was the capital of Marwars then. The gateway fitted with lethal iron spikes to guard against an elephant charge in case of an enemy onslaught still stood strong.
Museum and Temple in the Fort
We saw the small museum showcasing the weapons, costumes of the kings, and paintings. Unfortunately they seemed to not maintained well. Lots of dust on displayed items. It is sad to see the rich history crumbling to dust. The huge courtyard inside even had a temple.
We spent a good hour and a half roaming around observing the architectural splendor, a combination of Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. Pokhran Fort has a unique red color so different from the yellow sandstone fort of Jaisalmer.
Today part of it is converted to a heritage hotel and Thakur Nagendra Singh is the owner. Centuries back Mughal Emperor Humayun and Akbar halted here on their journey towards Jaisalmer. Today you can experience the same hospitality here!
Best Time to Visit Pokhran Fort
A fort definitely worth a visit if you are anywhere around. The ideal time to visit is between the months of October and April, during winters. During summers it is unbearably hot.
Tickets to Pokhran Fort
Rs. 20 for all. Camera charges – Rs. 50. Videography charges – Rs. 50.
How to Reach Pokhran Fort
Pokhran is well connected by air, rail and road. Jodhpur is the nearest airport. Pokhran Railway station is the most important station here (2kms from Fort). This is well connected to other big cities.
Pokhran Fort 175 kms from Jodhpur , 110kms from Jaisalmer , 225kms from Bikaner.