As the camel casts its footprint in the shifting sands of
the Thar desert, you learn many important lessons of life in one go. You
never thought that life could be as harsh as Thar is, you never saw first
hand how easily the ship of the desert negotiates the vagaries of the life
without complaining and you never knew how a vacation in a desert could
prepare you for the rest of your life. Well, that said, we are not saying
that balancing your body on the back of the camel is going to be easy.
You'll have to learn it and get used to the movement of the camel, which
seems somewhat difficult initially but you manage it somehow. Contrary to
the movements that you might be balancing with, the picture that the camel
presents is of complete detachment from its surroundings.
The Thar desert is spread across the western part of Rajasthan in India and
it has in its fold some of the most challenging sand zones of the world
which will definitely overwhelm you no matter what. Camel Safari is one of
the best ways of getting intimate with the desert as it takes you closer
into the real culture and tradition of the state.
Camel Safari in Thar Desert
takes a lot of imagination and expertise to organize a camel safari in the
Thar desert. Once you enter Thar, you realize that it has a world of its own
where distinct life forms exist in this distinct world. The usual things to
expect while on a camel safari are the unending desert, shifting dunes and
difficult weather. The smiling faces of the hospitable villagers and the
monuments that you come across during your safaris will definitely recharge
your batteries for the rest of the tour. You can also undertake a tour in
the Shekhawati region where you'll get to visit the towns such as Ramgarh,
Dundlod, Nawalgarh, Mandawa and Churu. The special camel safaris are
organized near Pushkar and Nagaur in the winter season, when the cattle
fairs of these respective cities are on.
is the most popular starting point for the Camel Safaris and it is pretty
well connected with the rest of the country by air, railway and road links.
Jaipur is another convenient starting point and this city, being the capital
of Rajasthan, also enjoys good transportation connections with the rest of
the country. Other towns that serve as the camel safari base camps are
Bikaner and Mandawa. There are a large number of tour operators in Rajasthan
which organize camel safaris for the tourists. These are organized mostly in
the proximity of Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Osian, Shekhawati, Jodhpur and Khimsar
and the safaris can take anywhere between 2 to 7 days or more. Shorter
safaris that give you a short glimpse of the desert are also organized.
Camel Safari Tips
Yes, there are many other things apart from riding the camel well during a
camel safari that you have to take care of. Book your camel safari trip in
advance, and check it with your tour operator before leaving for your
safari. Keep plenty of potable water with you to keep dehydration at bay.
Other necessary things that you should carry are sun screen, goggles and a
first aid kit. Wear loose cotton clothes and do not expose your skin to
avoid sun burns.