|Camel Safari is one of the unique ways to explore the unparalleled beauty of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, although riding a camel is not easy as people may consider it to be. Camel Safaris last from anywhere between 2 to 7 days, with longer ones of up to a month. The majority of camel safaris start from the desert town of Jaisalmer, although some have their starting point at Bikaner, Khimsar or Osian. Night halts are usually given near a village to provide opportunities to mingle with the local village people and to experience their traditional way of life and their culture. Besides one camel per person on the safari, a camel cart accompanies the tour to handle the luggage and allow riders to relax as and when required.
A day-long camel safari, which just about give you a glimpse of the desert are offered at many places in Rajasthan, but be aware that going with someone who is not part of a professional travel agency or a tour operator, could be very expensive and a disappointment. If you have not planed and booked your camel safari in advance the best is to use a professional organizer at the location.
As an alternative to the slow and backbreaking ride of camel, you may prefer a fast and more comfortable desert safari in Rajasthan by jeep. A jeep safari will take you to some of the most remote villages of Rajasthan. Normally an advance group moves ahead to set the evening's camp - usually self-sustained, with its own kitchen (food is cooked over wood fire), and tented accommodation. Baths are prepared for the travelers, and kerosene lamps used for lighting. Typically a bonfire is organized, around which evening cocktails and dinner is served. Here, in this enchanted setting with the stars looming large under the dark sky, locale performers are often invited to sing, dance, and play a musical instrument or two.
Winter is the season for safaris in Rajasthan (October to March) and to attempt it in summer would be impossible. In the cold months, the dry climate and the reflection of the sun's heat on the sand can make the day under the sun warm, and the nights bitterly cold. It is advisable, therefore, to carry a mix of woolens and lighter clothing, and to have suntan lotions and moisturizers for the skin.