We had visited few museums on the third day and left our hotel to visit the MIGHTY THAR at around 1 PM.
Our cab was already booked by the hotel for INR 2000 for return journey and it was cheap. You'll come to know why i said it cheap.
The first pit stop was Kuldhara Village which was 30 kms away from the city.
This a ransacked place and now whatever left for tourists to see are the Ruins.
This used to be the village in 18th century where Paliwals used to live. Yes, that's the place from where Paliwals came.
They all had to leave the village abruptly one night when ruler Salim Singh warned to destroy the village if the Paliwal's Sarpanch daughter doesn't get married to him.
This baffled the people and they left the village overnight.
Since then, Ruins are standing at this sacred place which once used to be the temple of Paliwal priests.
We spent an hour or two here and approached towards desert.
As we were close to the desert, the sand dunes which were visible took our breath away.
It was pure golden sand reflecting the rays like a mirror with sheer beauty.
The cab person suggested us to take the desert safari and we were not disappointed. Belive me, it's worth every penny. I would say it's better than Dubai as I've done both.
And it costed us only 3000 INR for 3 people for 40 minutes. It's because it was off season. We went in July.
Make sure you have your pockets filled when you're doing this in November or December.
Following this, we did a camel ride as well in the middle of the desert and I got to learn something new that day.
Yes, camels can run faster on sand than a horse on roads.
It was 6 PM already and we waited for about 1 more hour on sand dunes to see the sunset.
It looks exactly like a red ball falling into a brown water and getting completely submerged. It was surreal experience.
After sunset, we had our barbecue dinner waiting with some exotic Rajasthani dishes and folk music.
This package had costed us around 7000 INR for 3 people including everything.
Hell cheap right. But only during the off season.
Double the cost during winters.
Thar was 45 kms from the hotel we stayed in and it took 2 hours.
Trust me, as you approach towards the second biggest hot desert of this world, the view becomes crazy.
I couldn't believe that desert could be this beautiful.
You could also choose to visit Tanot Mata Temple which is near the border. It's the same temple that stood still during the Indo Pak War as shown in the Border Movie.
The BSF needs to be informed in advance to seek approvals for visiting this temple due to security reasons.
We chose to visit other places instead due to the lack of time.
Ghasiyar Lake, another beautiful pond in the heart of the city. A man made paradise it is, very soothing and refreshing far from any city crowds.
Overall, I must say it's the most under rated place I've ever been to. I would really want to go again with my friends and spend some night or two in the Thar.