also known as Pokhran is a city and a municipality located
in Jaisalmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It
is a remote location in the Thar Desert region and served as
the test site for India's first underground nuclear weapon
detonation. Pokaran means “the place of five mirages”. It is
surrounded by rocky, sandy and five salt ranges. It is en
route both from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer and Bikaner to
Jaisalmer. The main landmark of Pokaran is the Fort Pokaran.
Fort Pokaran, the 14th century citadel also known as “Balagarh”,
stands amidst the Thar Desert. This monument is the premier
fort of the chief of the Champawats, the clan of Rathores of
the state of Marwar-Jodhpur.