The State of Rajasthan is known for its desert and camels. The renowned Thar Desert spans across Rajasthan and over the border with Pakistan.
A Desert tour is incomplete without Camel and Jeep safaris. The regions of interest in desert tours are Bikaner, Mandawa, and Jaisalmer which offer a visual treat of the sand dunes.
Camel Safari in Thar Desert– A mesmerising and thrilling experience awaits you in the region of Thar Desert where one encounters different culture, lifestyles, forts, castles, customs and experiences. The Thar Desert, sand is scattered with hillocks and gravel plains. Wildlife can be found in this region. Some endangered species like Great Indian Bustard, Chikara, Black Buck and Quail are inhabitants of this place. Migratory birds like geese, sand Grouse and ducks are also found here.
Mandawa-Bikaner– Mandawa was founded around mid of 18th century by Shekhawat Rajputs. Fort of Mandawa has painted arched gateway of Lord Krishna and his cows. Beautiful frescoes decked the castles of Mandawa. Here, you can find, painted Havelis like Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli. This region is known for its various havelis or mansions like Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Aakharam haveli.
In Bikaner, one can visit the Junagarh fort and museum that provide insight into the bygone era of Maharanas of Rajasthan. Bikaner is located in the centre of Thar Desert and has a climate of the hot desert where one can find golden sand dunes with scanty rainfall.
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Jaisalmer– known as the Golden city of India, due to its yellow sandstone architectures adds a golden horizon to the city and its environment. Jaisalmer is well-known for its leather messenger bags. Camel safaris in the sand dunes attract tourists as it is a wonderful way of rejuvenating from the chaos of the cities, in the quiet, adjoining desert. The best time to visit would be in January/February when there is a desert festival. You can witness the performing arts like Kalbelia dances, folk songs and music.
Khimsar-This village can be accessed only by jeep, camel or horseback as it is far-flung, rural and beautiful. Luxurious huts have been designed in an eco-friendly manner. The safari by jeep will take into the black buck reserve or you can have camel ride on its sand dunes.
Khimsar Fort built in 16th century is an exhilarant experience, as it is very rare in a desert to have such beautiful place with lush green gardens and variety of birds that add charm to this antique fort. It has been awarded the National Grand Heritage Award by Department of Tourism, Government of India.
Rohetgarh– It is splendid Rajput fort in the small village of Rohet. The Singh family resides here and runs the hotel which is situated south of Jodhpur. The rooms have pretty frescoes and hanging chairs. The terrace offers a lake view with birds.
Jeep safaris can be taken to Bishnoi village from here or horse-riding to the nearby desert. It is a perfect rural retreat.