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The twin villages of Kuldhara and Khaba, 30 kms to the west of Jaisalmer (Abandoned Villages)
Kuldhara was the name of the largest village in this community consisting of 84 villages. The village was established in 1291 by the Paliwal Brahmins (a caste equivalent to priests, learned people).The Paliwals were astute businessmen who controlled the trade on the Silk Route to Iran and the Arab lands. They were also visionary farmers who knew a lot about water conservation and rain harvesting, and miraculously cultivated wheat and grains in the midst of desert!
They were well settled in these villages. One night in 1825 all the people in Kuldhara and nearby 83 villages vanished in the dark.

The first look at the village is very haunting and sad with ruins all over. On reaching the village, you will be welcomed by a sand stone gate built just before the village was abandoned. Wide dusty roads and sand stone houses on either side of roads depict the architectural marvel of the Paliwal Brahmins. Few houses have been restored which display courtyards, kitchen, along with other rooms. The village also has temples.
Once a prosperous village, Kuldhara is now in ruins.

The main attraction in Khaba village is the Khabha Fort which also has a Geological Museum. Khaba Fort holds a special story behind it and is of a real historical importance.

The rural lifestyle of the native people can be seen here as farmers take their herds out for grazing and women milk the cows and prepare food on earthen oven.

Accommodation options here include camping as well as staying in tents or huts.
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