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Sam

Nilesh Phadtare
Next day I started early in the morning, I rented a bike as I was solo. I start my day with Fort visit. In the fort you can visit Royal palace and museum, Jain Temples, Laxminath temple and entry gates.Then went Bada bagh (6 KM away from city. I went here first to avoid high temp during the day). This is royal cenotaphs of Jaisalmer Kingdom. Here you can see the royal Chhatries of each King of Jaisalmer. Then back to the city I visited Patwan ki Haveli, Nathmal Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Haveli. These are nearer to fort. You can cover is by walk if you want. (No need of vehicle).Post lunch I went to Gadisar lake to rest.Around 3 PM, I started my most memorable journey to SAM SAND DUNES. This was most awaited moment of my whole trip. I went there by cab (If you are in group then bike will be best option as you will have adventure ride in sand roads. I missed it. )Sam Sand Dune is 50KM away from jaisalmer. You need to prebook your package as there is huge rush. There are two packages 1. Whole night package which includes - your stay, food and entertainment program. 2. Half day package - everything is same except stay. If you have time I would suggest go for whole night package as this will be addition to your unforgettable experiences. (Mine was Half day Package booked with Desert Safariors Camps). The guy from tourist group took me to Sam. On the way to SAM, there is paragliding and desert Safari drive. You can enjoy this. Desert Safari drive will charge you 1500 for 4 or 5 person and will roam you in the desert. This is amazing experience where you really feel the actual desert drive.My package was Half Day Desert Safari, which included Camel ride, food and Rajasthani Folk Program. At the camp, I had camel ride for half an hour. Believe me, Desert Sunset is unforgettable. Around 8 PM folk program started where artists presented rajasthani folk songs and dance. Just forget everything & dance with them. Its amazing experience.SAM SAFARI is fully packed with joy, amusement and fun. Just enjoy it.After dinner, Raja (The guy who took me to SAM), dropped me to Jaisalmer Railway Station. Bike Riders don’t miss this part. Riding a bike on Desert Road, that too in complete Dark is thrilling experience. (Again I missed it.)From Jaisalmer, I boarded a train to Jodhpur (6 hrs journey). (There are trains to Jaipur & Jodhpur from Jaisalmer)Suggestion :Jaisalmer is very small town & every tourist spot is walkable distance away if you are near fort.So rent a bike only if you are planning bike. Local sight seeing can be done by walk. (Fort -> Salim Singh Haveli -> Patwaon ki Haveli -> Nathmal Haveli -> Back to Fort. ) For Bada bagh auto is good option (Rs. 200 for KM though bit costly, it is good option). For Sam you need a cab which will cost you Rs. 2000 & Half day package will be Rs. 800. You can negotiate cumulative price and ask for Bada Bagh instead of Jaisalmer City tour.There is War memorial but it is 13 KM away from Jaisalmer. ( Riding 26 KM in desert, that too in 40 celsius, You are eligible for extremities show.)Day 7: Jodhpur
C S Prasanjit Kumar
This day was a relief as it was almost an all tarmac day. Leaving Jamba, we reached Phalodi on Bikaner – Jaisalmer highway. Phalodi is famous for a Bird Sanctuary in Khichan which witnesses thousands of Demoiselle Cranes migrating from Mongolia. I was disappointed to see the lack of maintenance in the sanctuary. Hope it improves in times to come. It was a smooth run from Phalodi to Pokharan. The road after Pokharan to Jaisalmer was under 4 lanes, so we had a few diversions enroute. The surprise of the day came with the lunch at the Officers’ Mess in the Army Cantonment of Jaisalmer. Major Vijay Choudhary - a cousin of our guide for the tour, Mr. Rajesh Bishnoi, was kind enough to host us. Luckily, we got to witness the Arjun Battle Tank. We rode forward from Jaisalmer and to Sam - a tourist village 40 kms west from Jaisalmer. The road to Sam from Jaisalmer is dope. BRO(Border Roads Organization) has maintained the roads very well and the vistas around give a real posh feel, unlike the roads we encountered so far. For the night, we settled in cosy tents pitched right on the desert facing the sand dunes.Route :- Jamba – Phalodi – Pokharan – Jaisalmer – Sam.
Abhinaba Chatterjee