Camel commonly known as the
ship of the desert, is much popular in the state of Rajasthan. Camel
Safari is one of the best and unique ways to explore the mirages of
great India desert of Thar. Thar is known for its own world, as the
vast stretch of sand is dotted with dunes and xerophytic shrubs. A
journey on the back of the Camel, brings tourists to small villages of
Rajasthan, where one can closely view the vibrant culture, colourful
traditions and their hardships.
A typical Camel Safari takes one to the architectural ruins of Lodurva,
the oasis at Anasagar, the sand dunes of the Samm and the water source
of Moolsagar. Besides, the Camel Safari also takes one to wildlife
areas of Rajasthan, like Bharatpur, Sariska etc.
Camel Safari Ranges
Camel Safari in India is mainly centred around the state of Rajasthan,
in the regions of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner. The desert land of
Rajasthan offers different ranges of safaris, including the short
range safari along Jaisalmer to long safaris. A Camel Safari on
Jaisalmer- Jodhpur-Bikaner route takes one close to the old palaces,
havelis or courtyard, temples and other structures of architectural
importance. Big town generally not comes on this route, so tourists
can choose any route.
Duration of Camel Safari
The duration of Camel Safari tours varies between 2 to 7 days, with
longer ones up to two weeks. Tourists can chose Camel Safari tour
according to their convenience. Shorter, one day long Camel Safari
provides a glimpse of the desert land, while longer, one or two week
long give a close understanding of desert. You would not only have the
thrill but will have opportunity to gain the first hand experience of
rustic environ, to admire the real Rajasthan and an opportunity to
mingle with the local villagers.
Points one must keep in mind
As Camel Safaris are usually organized in winters, desert nights can
be very cold, so woollens are an essential part of your packing. It is
necessary to carry sweaters, jackets, warm sleeping bag and blanket.
Some of the woolen items are provided by the Camel Safari organizer
In the daytime, the bright sun can be harmful, so one must carry a sun
hat, a pair of sun glasses, moisturizers, lip salve, suntan lotion or
cream. During the Camel Safari one can wear the scarves or balaclava
around the neck and the forehead. Camel Safari friendly umbrellas are
also available in Jodhpur. Drink plenty of water before starting the
Camel Safari, to avoid the dehydration.
Always carry a first aid kit as well as other essential items of
day-to-day use, as you might need them. In some Camel Safaris, mineral
water is not a part of the package, in that case you will have to
carry your own water bottle. Carrying torch and knife is also
Camel Safari in Thar Desert
Rajasthan's Thar is the only desert in world which is rich in colour
and culture (in most other deserts, for example, the people wear only
white), and warm with the hospitality of courtly traditions. These
find a reflection in the camel safari too. And the splendor of the
desert combined with the experience of camping and riding in it, truly
makes one of the most impressive activities for travelers. It also
brings alive an era when this was the way a elements to create
romantic kingdoms in the desert. Safaris to Jodhpur to Jaisalmer to
Sam, and to Bikaner are the most familiar routes. It is a romantic,
though trying way of exploring the desert interiors-vast stretches of
sand, deserted and haunted villages, and inhabited villages.
When to go
Most camel safaris are organised in the winter, when the weatherís
good. Rajasthanís summers are almost unbearably hot and dry, so going
on a camel safari during this time is virtually impossible. November
to March, when days are cool (and nights cold!) is when most camel
safaris are organised.