Sam Sand Dunes and Kuldhara Village
As we drove from the station towards our hotel, the Fort became more and more clear. A mesmerizing site! However, we postponed a detailed tour of the city for later and proceeded with our plan and drove to a Desert Camp on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. After about 40 km drive, crossing through a couple of tribal villages, the ‘typical’ desert features – wave-like sand-dunes – became visible. This place and its dunes are known as Sam Sand-Dunes. The main attraction, other than the miles and miles of pristine dunes, was a short Camel Ride across the dunes. Well, it was probably more exciting than I had imagined. Nevertheless, mounting and dismounting the camel was quite a bit of a scary experience. You might as well check this link on Camel Riding before you try it!
After a back-breaking camel ride, we proceeded towards our accommodation – a couple of earthen-huts, fashioned similar to the actual village houses. If you have never experienced village life in India, you must try this out. Not only was the set-up authentic, we were treated with tribal song and dance performances by the local villagers. Needless to say, it was a captivating experience to see the women dance in their multicolored ‘Ghagras‘ – long frock-like dresses – with long moustached and turbaned men singing and playing their rudimentary but melodic instruments.