Planning to explore deserts???
Wait......!!! Then you are at right place.
But the first question is how to reach there?🤔
I arrived at Jaisalmer from Mumbai via bdts-jsm express, which is a weekly train. Other means to reach Jaisalmer is either you first reach Jodhpur or Jaipur via train and then take a bus or cab to Jaisalmer. The nearest operating airport is Ahmedabad Airport and from there, it takes around 10-11 hours to Jaisalmer.
Now I reached the Golden city- Jaisalmer. Next question arises in my mind is how to explore the city and the deserts?🤔.
There are 3 means to travel and explore.
1. On foot
2. Book a cab or minibus
3. Rent a bike and ride it yourself to the deserts.
If you are planning to explore on foot, then you need almost a week time and one camel to carry your luggage.Being a lazy person I dropped this idea. I opt for the 3rd option among the last two .
I had already booked one Avenger 220cc bike online. you can search plenty of options from just-dial and most of them also give pick up and drop off service from the railway station.
On reaching Jaisalmer around 11'0 clock in the morning, they handed me the bike and one map of the city. Then my solo road trip begins.....!!!
From there, I went to Sam sand dunes, which is around 50 km from the city. On the way to Sam Sand dunes, you can also visit "Bada bagh" and "kuldhara- The Haunted Village".
"The Haunted Village",sounds scary...right? It scared me also and scenes of all the horror movies started flashing in my mind.Like " what if my bike got punctured in the middle and I am running to save myself from ghosts" and worst one was "what if suddenly clouds covered the sun, whole sky turned dark and all I started playing hide and seek with ghosts". After all these haunted thoughts, I preferred not to go to haunted village at that time as it was around 3'0 clock in the evening and also going there after sunset is not allowed. Some paranormal activities had also been experienced there in the past after the sunset.
Then after reaching Sam sand dunes, I checked-in in my camp. There weree 3 types of camp.
1. Small tent.
2 Swiss Luxury tent.
I had booked Swiss Luxury tent. It was really good and well maintained.It seems like a romantic destination, "luxurious tent in the middle of desert😍"
After that, I went to enjoy camel ride and Jeep safari in the sand dunes. The sunset view was also mesmerizing. You can also play on sand for hours.
Then have your snacks, evening tea and get ready to witness the live music and dance show. There was cultural night and bonfire in Rajasthani style followed by DJ night in the camp. The best moment was when all the tourists start dancing with the local performers around the bonfire on the beats of Rajasthani songs. That was one of the best moment of the whole trip which can't be expressed in words. You have to go there to experience that moment.
Snacks and dinner are being served in the camp only.
After that, I went to rest and plan another beautiful day in the Thar desert.
1. Renting bikes costs ranging from 500 INR to 1500INR per day, depending on the demand and cc.
2. Camp in dunes cost starts from 800INR and goes up to 4000 INR. It also includes cultural night, snacks, dinner and breakfast (and sometimes camel safari too)
3. Camel Safari charges around 250-600 INR depending on your bargaining capabilities (for 1-hour ride)
4. Similarly, Jeep Safari charges ranging from 700-2000 INR, depending on a number of the person and your bargaining capabilities.