Pokhran is a sparsely populated area consisting mainly of scrub and sand. This place suddenly hogged the international spotlight when the Indian government detonated nuclear devices here on 18th May 1974, ironically code-named ĎThe Buddha Smilesí. The tour to Pokhran fort is worth mentioning. The Pokhran fort is a yellow sandstone fort which is over 4 centuries old and was constructed by the Marwar Thakur (local chieftain) Rao Maldeo who reigned from 1532-1584. The Pokhran Museum housed inside the fortís premises is smallish and contains an assortment of weapons, paintings, pottery and the costumes which the Maharajas wore. Also displayed are the little games the royal family played during their leisure such as dominoes and dice.

Desert National Park:
The Desert National Park of Jaisalmer is a true reflection of the ecosystem and flora and fauna of the Thar Desert. It was established in 1980. The substantial part of the park is on a landscape, which comprises of lakebed of extinct salt lakes and thorny scrubs. It is a wonder in itself that how come living organisms flourish in these harsh conditions. The months of October to April are just right for wildlife tours to the Desert National Park Jaisalmer. The only thing that foreign tourists must keep in mind while embarking on wildlife tours to Desert National Park is that they must get special permits issued from the local forest office.

Akal Fossil Park:
Millions of years ago Jaisalmer was submerged by the ocean, and the discovery of sea shells here emphasizes that belief. Spread over 21 hectares, the Akal Wood Fossil Park is a unique experience. The reserve or park has been dated approximately to be 180 million years ago. The wood fossils present in the Akal Wood Fossil Park are a result of the fossilization of the trees that once occupied this area millions of years ago.

Lodurva Temple:
Tour the medieval Lodurva temples located at a distance of 15 kilometer, northwest of the Jaisalmer city. Lodurva was the ancient capital of the Bhattis. The ancient town that is in ruins has some beautiful Jain temples in its complex. The Parshvanath Temple is the main temple that was destroyed in 1152 but was reconstructed again in 1675 and 1687. Built from yellow sandstone- the Jain temples still exhibit their old glory. The walls are adorned with pictures of Lord Parshvanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankar. The temple with mind-blowing stone work and minute sculpture will definitely make you to admire the wonderful piece of art which was constructed ages back.


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