Travelling to Rajasthan was one of the most impulsive decisions I took with the typical 'It's gonna be burn-my-face hot' during the day and 'freeze my ass off' during the night' mindset. Being from the true North, I wasn't sure what I should pack, which cities I should visit, should I go to Himachal instead?
But it was the idea of the desert, the camel ride and looking at the marvellous sunset and the horizon that made me decide, this is it. Rajasthan, here I come. Now I could do the usual itinerary post for how I got there, the places I visited and the whole shebang but..(Yeah, I'll do that later.) This post is all about the magnificent sand dunes of Jaisalmer and what not to do when you do get there.
Getting to the sand dunes is fairly easy, you can go on a bus, hire a jeep, plenty of options. The easiest thing to do is book an online package and you're completely sorted. You won't have to figure things out for yourself, you can look for economical options, compare things and choose what's best for you.
1. Do NOT book the top package in google search
Yeah, I have had this problem with a travel companion of mine who says, hey if it's on top of google search engine, it must be the best option, right??? Nope. Usually, these packages would be highly expensive, wouldn't give you the experience of your money's worth and leave you highly disappointed. Instead, go on websites to compare packages, check the reviews and spend at least half an hour sitting in your hotel room to plan it out. We ended up spending just INR 2000 for both a camel ride into the desert and a jeep safari, along with a campfire fiesta.
2. Oh, look! Good weather. I don't need my sunglasses.
It's Rajasthan, my dear, the weather changes like your moods when you're PMSing. Totally unpredictable, not nearly as dangerous though. But, do not forget your sunglasses because if not the harsh heat, it's going to be the sand blowing at you when it's windy, but you do need them shades to keep your eyes safe. Another plus is, gorgeous photos if you pick the right pair.
3. You can conquer the world with the right pair of shoes
or at least the desert. Don't wear sandals or heels, anything uncomfortable is out of the way, flip flops are a really bad option. Instead choose sneakers or leather shoes, or shoes with Goretex liner for breathability. The sand WILL get in though. It somehow always does if you chose to get off the camel and walk on the sand.