Pokhran (also spelled as Pokaran) is a city and a municipality situated in the Jaisalmer
district, of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Pokhran is located at a remote location in the
Thar Desert region and served as the test site for India's first underground nuclear
weapon detonation. It is bounded by five big salt rocks; Pokhran accurately means 'the
place of five mirages'. This destination first came into eye of world, when India carried
out a series of nuclear tests here. On 18th May, 1974, Pokhran witnessed India's
first nuclear test, codenamed 'Operation Smiling Buddha' and since then, it has been
a popular nuclear test location for scientists. However, there is another side of this
place which explains that it is a heritage city, with its havelis, temples and monuments.
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Best Sightseeing Places in Pokhran
Before going for your Pokhran vacation, you should know the tourist attractions where
you must visit during the trip.
This massive fort, made of yellow sandstone was constructed around four centuries ago
by Rao Maldeo, the Thakur of Marwar. It houses a small temple of Goddess Durga and
Pokhran Museum that displays the evidences of bygone era like, miniature paintings,
costumes of former kings, armory and pottery items. The fort also has various stunning
palaces inside its premises. This fort has now been transformed into a Heritage hotel.
Gurdwara Damdama Sahib Pehli Patshahi (Gurdwara Pokhran Sahib):
Gurdwara Damdama Sahib Pehli Patshahi, also known as Gurdwara Pokhran Sahib is
a historical Sikh shrine located in Pokhran Town, in Rajasthan. This historical Gurdwara
commemorates a visit by Guru Nanak, probably during his second Udasi, when Guru
Sahib had visited Jaisalmer. It is a famous shrine of Sikhs and visited by a large number
of Sikh devotees.
Ramdevra temple is situated on the Jodhpur - Jaisalmer route at about 120 kms short of
Jaisalmer close to Pokhran. It is home to the temple of Baba Ramdevji.
Ramdevera fair is a grand affair organised every year during the months of August-
September. A huge of devotees come here to attend this fair. People of all religions and
castes throng the Baba Ramdev Temple during this time and offer their prayers to the
saint. If you are visiting this place during the mentioned months, then you must include
a visit to this place in your Pokhran travel itinerary.
Best Time for Holidaying in Pokhran
Pokhran experiences an extreme climate all around the year. However, tourists may
plan a trip to Pokhran between the months of October and March because the weather
during this time remains pleasant and favorable for sightseeing. So, plan your Pokhran
Must Buy Things from Pokhran
Pokhran is known for its heartening shopping and holiday experiences. Like any other
city of Rajasthan, you will get a variety of furniture items, pottery and handicraft items.
However, you can also shop for Black Salt, Rock salt and Multani Mitti (a mud used in
face packs) from the local markets of Pokhran. So, get loads of Multani Mitti and your
choice of salts from your next Pokhran tour.
Explore Options to Reach Pokhran
Before booking your Pokhran holiday packages, you must be aware of the ways to
reach this city. To know more, read on:
The nearest airbase to Pokhran is Jodhpur Airport (172 KM away) and connects
Udaipur, New Delhi and Mumbai by regular flights. You can take buses or hire taxis
from airport to reach the city.
Pokhran has its own railway station but not many trains function from here. The Jodhpur
railway station is the major nearest rail head to Pokhran. It is well connected to various
major Indian cities including Udaipur, Agra, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and New
Delhi by regular trains.
Pokhran is connected by good motorable roads to major nearby cities including
Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer. You can hire private taxis or inter-state buses
to reach here by road.