Sleeping under the stars and riding camels in Rajasthan
A desert safari in Jaisalmer is definitely one of the highlights during a visit to India. Spending a night in the desert is a great adventurous experience. Expect amazing sunsets and days ending under the starry sky. You can sleep under the stars without a tent and it is a lot easier to get to sleep than you would think. This is a bucket list experience for sure.
Jaisalmer is a small town in the far west of India. In the desert city of Jaisalmer you hardly get away from it and the camel safari is offered on every street corner. It is possible to do half a day or two days (one night). It is even possible to spend an entire week if you would like to. The dry environment of Jaisalmer may rightly be called a desert, but that means no oases and extensive sand dunes in the horizon. You will find a number of (small) sand dunes, but as soon as you look to the left or the right, it is mainly vegetation. So keep that in mind if you had the idea you were going to a Sahara style desert.
But hours through the desert slipping on an impressive beast that days can do without water, who would not want that? Riding a camel is indeed cool, but it is not super comfortable. Our advice is to limit the ride to 1 or 1.5 hours. To make your camel ride as comfortable as possible, your choice of clothes is important. First of all, long trousers are useful to prevent the ropes of the saddle from cutting into your legs. Closed shoes are also recommended. Lastly the sun in the desert has no mercy and you will find no shade at all. In addition to applying sunscreen, it is also useful to cover your arms, neck and forehead with clothing.
Depending on the guide you are traveling with, you will sleep in the Thar Desert in a cabin, tent or outside under the starry sky. It is a must-do. The clear nights and the absence of light pollution allow you to see more stars than you have probably ever been able to see.
When to visit
Best time to ride the camels is from October to February. Starting March it already becomes to hot in the desert. Click here for more climate information in Jaisalmer.