If you are the rough and ready adventurer who is looking for an unusual adventure, a camel safari through the deserts of the Great Thar is just for you. For this is one adventure activity that is sure to test your grit and determination if you want to see it through till the end! You could always opt for an easier and less rigorous route, of course, but the true fun and excitement of a camel safari is in doing it in the authentic style.
When on a camel safari in India, the ubiquitous hump-backed camel will be your ride and your constant companion, be it in the searing heat of the day, or the biting chilliness of the night. And as you travel through the desert, you will get a close glimpse of the rich culture, heritage and life styles of the colorful and royal state of Rajasthan. For what better way can there be of knowing about a people, than by actually being part of the activities and adventure of their lives?
The camel is known the ‘desert ship’ since time immemorial. It has been the confidant of the travails, disputes, laughter and love of the desert people as they roamed from place to place in search of water. And as you undertake a similar journey, the easy pace of the safari will make it possible for you to observe and enjoy the minutest detail of the land of citadels, colors and charming crowds.
The adventure of the camel safaris in the deserts of India are fast catching up with tourists and becoming the fastest selling adventure holidays in India. The idea of an authentic camel safari is irresistible for those who are searching for exciting ventures and willing to experience India for what it really is. It is a novel way of exploring the dry deserts and is bound to remind you of the great ancient armies that traversed these deserts and invaded India.
There are a variety of safaris offered by the Great Indian Desert. You could choose a short trek around the pretty town of Jaisalmer, or decide upon a longer safari that would take you all around the Thar, where like a medieval trader you would lead your caravan through the hostile spice route heading for one of the medieval kingdoms, in search of people to buy your wares. The desert safaris in India are mainly centered around the princely kingdoms of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner, all of which are integral to the royal state of Rajasthan. Besides offering the awesome view of the open desert sands they are a great way of getting introduced to the villages and the wildlife.
The camel safaris are also best for viewing the architectural heritage of Rajasthan.
Trade prospered here in the olden times owing to the trade caravans across the desert of India. And it was with this money that the nobility constructed the mansions, citadels, forts and palaces. Sandstone is the basic material used in the making these masterpieces of art that are today in a state of ruin due to age, weathering and neglect.
A typical safari will take you to the architectural ruins of Lodurva that are close to Jaisalmer, the oasis at Anasagar, the sand dunes of the Samm and the water source of Moolsagar. While the days are for traveling and sight seeing, the nights are for entertainment and rest. You will be able to experience the lives of the villagers on the camels-halts in the en-route villages amidst the desert scrubs. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience of true desert rural Indian life and warm hospitality.
It is best to be well prepared to face the blistering heat of the sun with large rimmed sun hats at all times. The temperatures range from zero degrees to 30 degrees. You should also have adequate amount of comfortable cotton and the woolen clothing. Cotton caps, scarves and balaclava, umbrellas, sunscreen creams, moisturizers and lip salve, mineral water torch and knife are some of the things you will be required to carry on the safari.
So the next time you think of an adventure-cum-culture holiday in India, let us know. We will take you on a camel safari that is definitely sans any luxuries, but truly beats the thrill of anything else at the end of the day!