Camel Safaries in Jaisalmer
have since long exerted an irresistible charm on the psyche of the humans, the
landscape inspiring different emotions in different people. And what better
way to explore this magical realm than on a camel back, for a camel safari is
one of the most adventurous of experiences, and indeed a novel way to 'discover'
Camel safaris trace their origins to the time of trade between India and China,
when camel caravans would journey along established trade routes laden with
spices and herbs and jewels. They provide an opportunity to get a glimpse of
traditional Indian life in the desert, with all the hardships, the beauty and
The accommodation on the way consists of primitive thatched mud huts, and the
way of life-though hospitable-is entirely ethnic.
Camel safaris generally cover the area around Jaisalmer, Bikaner or Jodhpur,
popularly known as the desert circuit. The duration can vary between one day
and two weeks. Big towns are not usually on the route though there is no definite
route that you have to adopt.
Route navigation in the desert is an acquired art, and caravans must be manned
by riders who not only know how to study the stars, but also recognise the shifting
sands of the terrain.
A camel safari is exciting, but is not exactly a relaxing vacation. Unless you
are accustomed to horse-riding, a day-long camel ride will be tiring. Even if
you are accustomed to horse-riding, since the gait of the camel is quite different,
it may take some time to get used to it.
Keeping in your seat as the camel raises or lowers itself to the ground, can
appear at first to be a losing battle.
However, whether tiring or relaxing, a camel safari is bound to be a unique
Traverse the lonely stretches of the Thar Desert, like the travellers of old
... on a camel. In fact, the most magical way to explore the sands of Rajasthan,
especially the unending sand dunes of Jaisalmer and Bikaner, is on camel back.
Camp under the stars, listen to the haunting strains of folk music echoing across
the sand dunes, stay at any of the many heritage resorts run by erstwhile royalty,
marvel at the remote forts and palaces, or enjoy the gentle hospitality of villagers
at an oasis ... India's camel safaris take you back in time to a more leisurely
age, and make for a memorable experience.
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