Ideal Time: 4-5 hrs
Cost: Can vary as per the selected package from INR 500 to INR 2500
Jaisalmer is a frequently visited place by tourists. Out of the total number of visitors, almost 95% out of them go for tours of the desert safari. These tours are conducted either in the early morning or during the evening to avoid the scorching heat. Also, after one gets over with the safari tour, they can enjoy a delicious meal alongside gipsy musical dance program which is present at the desert camps at Sam. If anyone visits Jaisalmer, it is like a compulsion to go for desert safari and make the trip, even more, fun and memorable.
There are many types of safaris available in Jaisalmer which include
If you go to a desert, camels are bound to entice you to ride on their humps as they stroll idly, digging the golden sand.
Best time: Sunrise (4 AM to 6 AM) and Sunset (5 PM to 7 PM).
Cost: It will cost you anywhere between INR 300 to INR 600.
Jeep Safari and Dune Bashing
Riding on a camel is never enough because adventure lies at high speeds. If you've taken so much to reach this remote desert, you'll no way miss the intriguing fun in jeep safari where you get to ride the speeding jeeps on high and low sand dunes, much like a roller coaster ride!
Dune Bashing is a form of rafting through the sand. An adventurous activity over heaving sea of sand, it is a chance to explore the exotic desert through a drive that rushes your adrenaline.
Best time: It's good to do any time of the day but during sunset, the desert beauty is
Approximate Cost: It will cost you around INR 1200 per head.
One Night Safari
It's a one night and two days trip into the desert. The tour starts early in the morning at 7:00 AM to Jaisalmer. After breakfast, you'll march towards Bheelo ki Daani to Salkha to Keshwa to Lakhmna to Gypsy village and some other villages and then back to Jaisalmer. Tents and food are taken along or the arrangements are done at the villages. Watching native wildlife, desert vegetation, relaxing by the oasis, night bonfire and interaction with village locals are the major attractions.
Approximate Cost: Around INR 3000
Long Safari or Treks
For long safaris, the number of days and places can vary according to your convenience. The places which shall be covered during the excursion are Bheelon ki Dhani, Salkha, Keshwa, Lakhmna, Gypsy, Luno Ki Basti, Shakar Ki Dhani, Siyalon ki Basti, Turk, Gaga Village, Mattu Village, Barna, Jamda Village, Khabha, Dedha, Jajiya village and then back to Jaisalmer. Tents, the raw material for food, torches, extra clothes, medicines, and other necessary things are carried along on the back of camels.
Best Season: Winters are the best time to go on long treks. Deserts can be extremely evil when it comes to unbearable heat.
Approximate Cost: The total package cost depends on your time and may range anywhere between INR 3000 and INR 10,000.
It's always recommended to not be extra generous while tipping the camel drivers at the end of the trip. It's included in your package. Better still, if you are quite happy with their service, a small tip for camel's fodder is considerable.
There are many hotels and guest houses in Jaisalmer that will organise camel safaris for you. Some popular safari tour organisers include KK Travels, Ganesh Travels, Sahara Travels and Trotters. Some other popular hotels that organise safari are Wanderlust Guest House & Camel Safari, Pleasant Haveli Camel Safari, Jaisalmer Camel Safari, Desert Safari Camp, and Real Desert Man Camel Safari.
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The best time to visit Jaisalmer and go for desert safari is between the months of November and March since the temperature remains cooler and therefore sightseeing, as well as desert safari, become all the more comfortable.
Jaisalmer Airport is located at a distance of 5 km from the main city. However, since it is managed by Indian Air Force, it functions between September and March only. It is therefore convenient to go to the Jodhpur airport which is 285 km away. In addition to this, there is a railway station situated in Jaisalmer which is at a distance of 2 km from the main city. There are two bus stands too thereby making the travel easy and comfortable.
Air: The nearest domestic airport is Jodhpur which is 285 km away from Jaisalmer. Jodhpur is connected with all big cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The nearest international airport would be New Delhi.
Rail: Jaisalmer is connected through railway network with all important Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Jodhpur, Jaipur and many others. The railway station is 2 km east of the main city.
Road: A lot of buses and private taxis are available for Jaisalmer from cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Mount Abu, etc.
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