Nestled in the heart of the Great Indian Desert, Jaisalmer is popularly known as the Golden City of India. Many forts, Havelis and exciting desert life make the place one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan. One of the many attractions that make Jaisalmer a traveler’s dream is the Jaisalmer desert camp. The exciting Thar Desert offers great opportunities for desert safari in Rajasthan. Sam sand dune is one of the most famous places where travelers gather to enjoy the exciting desert life. It is the most authentic and popular desert dune in entire India. There are 30-60 meter tall sand dunes that make for excellent desert safari. Many travelers enjoy Desert Safari on camels or jeep to reach Sam which lies 45 km west from Jaisalmer city. You can also reach Sam by hiring a cab from Jaisalmer city.
In Sam sand dunes, a number of desert camps are set up by reputed organizers. You will find many camps built-in 2-3 km radius of sand dunes. You can stay in one of these camps to enjoy your desert safari Jaisalmer to the fullest.
A number of camp organizers offer mud cottages and Swiss tents where the tourists can spend the night stargazing or enjoying the folk music. Staying in the camps also allow you to experience amazing sunsets on the horizon. Both camping and Bonfires bring amazing opportunities to take part and learn the Rajasthani music and dance. The camp owners also offer dinner that comprises of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared according to authentic Rajasthani culinary art or international cuisine. Day-trippers can enjoy tea and food from the shops and restaurants around the dunes.
You will also find many luxury camps that will offer you services in the royal rajputana style. Feel like a king in the land of golden sand where your kingdom expands as far as your vision goes. During camping in Jaisalmer desert, stargazing is the most exciting activity while lying on the sand. Sand Dune is not a crowded place nor there the regular traffic of vehicles to create pollution. So, breathe long and look as far as your vision goes while spending the night in a camp in Jaisalmer.
The best time of enjoyment at Sam sand dunes is during the evening or early morning. Tourists gather at the spot to enjoy the sunrise from 4 to 6 AM or sunset at around 4 to 7 PM. The camp organizers arrange for jeep or camel safari to reach the sunset point which is 20 to 30 minutes from the campsite. Once you reach the Sam sand dunes, get ready to enjoy what you won’t find anywhere else. The real fun starts when the last rays of the sun disappear behind the sand dunes the desert nights are really fun-filled and exciting. Campfire, traditional food and folk music make the environment extremely enjoyable
Sam sand dunes see the maximum number of tourists during the months of October to December. During this time the weather is pleasant and tourists gather at the place from all over the world. But the Thar Desert so vast that even at the peak season you won’t feel it is crowded. You can easily find your own corner to explore and enjoy this great desert.
From February to March, you can experience the desert festival that could be a lifetime memory for you. During this time, the entire Jaisalmer becomes a cultural hub. Even the camels and horses appear as colorfully as the Rajasthani culture. You can enjoy the popular camel races, folk dance puppet shows and not to mention the flavor of yummy food will come from all directions.
You can also explore rural Rajasthan like a local while traveling on a camel’s back. As you proceed through the villages, the locals in traditional attire will come to your notice. You may also be entertained by folk artists on your way. Witness the very familiar picture of the Rajasthani women carrying a number of water pots on their heads. Spot the village houses made of mud and stick that are decorated with paintings and mirror works. You can pass across the places like Badabagh, a garden complex that delight travelers by its greenery amidst the desert, Ramkunda a religious place with beautiful landscape and so on. Also, take a tour of the Jaisalmer city by visiting famous spots like Jaisalmer Fort and Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Jain temples.