Camel safari provides the opportunity to observe the naive, rural desert life of Rajasthan. The desert is supposed to be barren, but surprisingly deserts in Rajasthan are well populated.
It’s an exciting experience which covers the golden Thar Desert providing the opportunity to witness the desert lifestyle. The package includes the cultural performances on sand dunes, the traditional Rajasthani meals, the camps and the dazzling suburbs with the local folks making it a special adventure tour.
Camel Safari usually begins early in the morning, covering some distance, and then finding a suitable spot to set up a camp before dusk where one can bed under the stars on the magical dunes.
There are two most common places in Rajasthan where Camel Safari is enjoyed. One is Jaisalmer, the most popular Desert of Rajasthan and another one is Pushkar which is a sacred pilgrimage for its Pushkar Lake and Brahma Temple. Others include Bikaner, the city famous for its rats’ temple, and Jodhpur, the Sun City of Rajasthan.
Jaisalmer is the go-to destination for tourists when it comes to planning a camel safari. Around 40 kms west of Jaisalmer, there lies the Sam Sand Dunes. This area contains tall sand dunes and almost no vegetation. Since it’s the most common, it’s also pretty crowded but you will definitely be able to have all the fun.
Those who prefer a peaceful spot may find their solace in the dunes near the Khuri village. Since it’s one of the lesser known destinations, very few tourists can be spotted here. Besides, you will also be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the village dotted with huts made of mud and straw.
Bikaner is yet another preferred location for camel safari which lets you explore a lot of areas like Naukh, Kanasar, Mohangarh, Baru, Tadana, and others. You can also stop at the villages and interact with the folks to get insights into their culture.
Pushkar’s camel safari is more vibrant and lively in nature, especially if you visit the town during the Pushkar Camel Fair. You can enjoy the folk culture of Rajasthan and enjoy the celebrations in the midst of the desert rendering the picturesque view of Aravalli ranges, which gets even more magical during sunset and sunrise.
If you take a trip to Jodhpur, the best place to enjoy the camel safari is Osian. It’s a small town housing ancient Osian temples from the 8th to 11th Centuries. Also, there is Osian Sand Dunes Resort and Camp where you can enjoy the best of the desert life including campfire, folk music, safari rides, and so on.
Places like Udaipur and Mandawa also offer short camel rides around the town, whereby you can enjoy the architectural marvels of the area and explore the bustling markets.
Usually, the duration of a Camel Safari is 2 Days 1 Night. However, for those who prefer to go deeper in the desert, longer durations from 7-30 days are also available. An itinerary can be tailored according to the person's need. The cost depends on the duration and facilities of a camel safari. Usually, it starts from INR 500 and goes up to INR 2,500 per person, including food.
Riding on camelback in the hot atmosphere can be dehydrating and uncomfortable after a while. It is advised to take water, fruit juice, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, medical kit, flashlight, and other such useful items on the trip to Camel Safari.
It's very important to plan your Rajasthan trip as per the weather conditions. The best time to enjoy the Camel Safari is in cooler months from October to March as the desert turns intolerably hot after March and then the monsoon season begins. One can also for a camel safari between July and September as the chances of rain are less.