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A camel ride and a night under the stars in the Thar desert, India

Riding on a back of a camel, over some meters high hills of golden sands and sleep under a open sky with million stars in a far away country was one of my dream.

The dream came through in 2014 when we travelled to the golden city Jaisalmer, located in the heart of the Thar desert, in the northern Indian state bordering Pakistan.

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

From Jaisalmer you can find easily organized camel safari tour, just ask around or ask your hotel. But remember to compare the prices and ask many many questions about the tour. We got ripped off and lied to! It was not about money, it was about getting ripped off the experience we hoped for. They promised us many things but none of them really happen. You will understand later why. Inspite of the many deceptions we managed to enjoy ourself.

The day started with a jeep picking us up AND three other tourist. We were shocked because we negociated and payed a bit more for a private tour. While we paid about 35$ each the other paid 15$. As we didn’t want to make a fuss we didn’t say anything. At the end we had a blast with these guys and girl from South Korea and China.

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

Camel safari Thar desert Rajastan India

We jumped each on a back of a camel. The ride ended quite quickly, like 2 km into the dunes.

Is it here where we are staying?

Another chock! We were just by the highway! I have heard so many fun stories about people riding many hours into the Thar desert, so long that your bump starts to hurt. Mine was isn’t numb, I wanted my butt to hurt to!! One of our agreement was that they would take us far far out. Obviously they lied about that to!

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

Upon arrival we got a short but beautiful welcome dance by a family. And then we were free to roam around the dunes.

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan IndiaAnother gang of tourist.

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

And then ofcourse it was time to enjoy the sunset!

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

Camel safari Thar desert Rajastan India

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

After the sunset we had curry that was made over an open fire.

And then we said good night and slept under the moon but we didn’t saw a single star because of the clouds.

After a very good night sleep we woke up to a wonderful sunrise!

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

And we had a simple breakfast next to the camels.

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan IndiaWhat is better than a cup of chai in the morning?

Camel safari Thar desert Rajastan India

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

This is how you wash your dishes in the desert.

After the breakfast we rode the 2km back to the jeep that took us back to Jaisalmer.

Overall we did enjoy our mini adventure on the Thar desert but I must say it was a very simple version of what we agreed of.

1. We were suppose to have a private tour with only us.

2. We supposed to ride far into the dunes.

3. We supposed to visit one of the villages in the desert.

4. Around the dunes where we were, it was like where everybody was dumping their garbage!

We didn’t get any of that but we did had a nice time. I guess that’s what count at the end!

Camel safari Thar desert Rajasthan India

How about you guys? Have you ever got ripped off?

 

 

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41 Comments

  1. It is a shame that you didn’t get what you paid for!! There’s a language problem there in Rajasthan, and people survive mainly on tourism and yet they overcharge the tourists and not even do half a bit..sad!! Thar desert is a place I also wish to see, but it’s so hot in the state that I keep postponing it 😀 Which month did you go? Your pictures are awesome, especially the sunsets and that little ant!! Despite not receiving what you dreamt of it turned out to be a decent safari for you guys, which makes your trip a success 🙂

  2. It’s too bad that you didn’t get what you were promised with this tour. Thanks for sharing that. It still sounds like you had a nice time, which is great. Personally I find deserts fascinating, the large expanses of sand and rock going on endlessly. There’s something overwhelming and beautiful about being in a desert.

  3. I am not too fond of camel rides as I find it exploitative for the poor animal. Though I would love to spend some quality time in Jaiselmer. I would love to sleep overnight in the desert.

  4. Its sad what happened to you. I agree to what Shivani says. The people there solely survive on tourism and they tend to rip off the tourists, esp the international tourists as you don’t know the usual charges or the language as well! Its always better to get help from some local. May be next time chat up with some blogger in the locality, prior to booking such tours???

  5. I know this feeling for even I experienced that short time in the Dunes. I really wanted to go right in but well. I believe, you get a better experience at Pushkar and the other smaller towns. Maybe you can try that the next time

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