The heritage city of Pokhran lies at the heart of the Thar desert, about 110 km east of Jaisalmer. Literally translated, it means a place of five mirages, and is bound by five big salt rocks. Speckled with royal havelis, ancient temples and grand structures, Pokhran remains suspended in time. The main attraction is the Pokhran Fort, which was the citadel of the Champawat Rathores, the mighty Rajput nobles of Marwar.

The fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel with a museum having an interesting collection of local handicrafts and artistry. Tourists can also visit the small village of Ramdevra, famous for its sacred temple, which is said to be the final resting place of Baba Ramdevji, a much revered 14th century saint who Hindus regard to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Between August and September, a large fair known as Ramdevra Fair attracts thousands of devotees from across the state, who travel to the temple to pay their respects to the deity. Pokhran is widely known for the laboratory/underground testing facility that supervised the 1988 nuclear tests after which India was declared a full-fledged nuclear state.

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