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Found in the 16th century and owned by the Karamsot dynasty, the Khimsar fort was constructed by Rao Karamsiji, who was the eighth son of Rao Jodhaji and the founder of Jodhpur. It is located near Khinvsar Village, which lies in the Nagaur District of Rajasthan. Its location can be traced as halfway between Jodhpur and Nagaur, on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert. Because of the striking beauty of the Khimsar Fort, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel, and a part of it is occupied by the descendants of the royal family. The magnificent fort offers an enthralling experience to the visitors. It is one of the most beautiful forts and palaces in Rajasthan due to its marvellous architecture and splendour.
The royal family runs the Khimsar Fort Heritage hotel. Moreover, the staff members are descendants of the royal courtiers who used to serve the family for generations with passion and loyalty. The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb used to stay in this fort. The striking fort depicts great wars through the battle scared walls and high rising turrets. Due to its grandeur and spectacular design, it has been bestowed with the "Grand Heritage Award for Excellence" by the Department of Tourism, Government of India. This laurel is the highest order and makes this place on top of the bucket list of all the history lovers across the globe.
This must-visit monument placed in the fairy tale state of Rajasthan was one of the major chieftains of Marwar. It also served as the head house of Karamsot Rathors. In the 18th century, a new wing was constructed which was known as the 'zenena' or the 'ladies wing'; after which the family shifted in the Khimsar Fort. Further, in the 1940s, a regal wing was constructed by Thakur Onkar Singh for himself. This splendid fort in Nagaur boasts a great lineage of chivalrous rulers who fought several fierce battles and lived their lives with great honour and dignity. After being converted into a heritage hotel, the Khimsar Fort ranks among the top premiere heritage hotels in Rajasthan.
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