Searching for the Travel Agency for Camel Safari
Jaisalmer desert camp is one of the best places to enjoy camping in India and the best part is that you can sleep under the open sky without tent. That’s right folks! You don’t even need a tent to sleep there and it is even recommended cause it will enhance your camping experience in the Thar desert.
We reached Jaisalmer early in the morning by train from Jaipur. Our plan was to spend 2 nights there, one in the city of Jaisalmer and another in Jaisalmer desert camp and doing camel safari. There are plenty of travel agents in the city who will organise the camel safari and desert camping experience for you. You can also negotiate the price. We talked with 3/4 agents and decided on taking the Camel Safari organised by ‘Sahara Travels’, they are located right by the entry gate of the fort on the right side. They charged us 1500 rupees per person but without the lunch cause by the time we were going, lunch time was almost over. But it included dinner and breakfast next morning. It was good deal compared to others and they also promised to take us to the deep desert with no other tourist group around for the camping at night.
So we left out big backpack at their office, packed our day bag with just a sweatshirt and camera. We had 5 minutes to grab something to eat. In that 5 minutes we managed to buy some samosas and kachoris to eat later as lunch as well as bought 2 beers, a bottle of Old Monk rum and a big bottle of coke to go along with it. If you plan to drink in the desert, it’s better to buy it in the city and take it with you. You’ll find beer in the desert as well if you ask your guide but there are high chances that it will be overpriced and almost double.
Ancient ruins of Kuldhara Village and first ride on the camels
We got onto a jeep started the first part of our journey. The campsite was more than 50 km away from the city. Our guide will take us by Jeep until we reach a village and from there we’ll ride on camels for around 2 hours to get to our campsite. That was undoubtedly the most exiting part!
There were 5 of us in the jeep. Me and my friend from Canada Jessie, our guide who was also driving and there were an Italian couple. Later in the evening we’re supposed to meet another couple who were already in the desert. It would be six guests, our main guide and few other local guides from the nearby villages where we’ll get on the camel.