Camel Safari

If you plan on visiting the state of Rajasthan in India, going back without a camel safari would be a huge loss. Once upon a time, travelling by camels was the protocol is this arid state. These gentle animals are more resilient than they appear to be. With their physical attributes being perfect for the desert, Camels were an important means of transport for the people here. Today, camel safaris have become a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan. Watching the beauty of the desert atop this gorgeous creature and camping out underneath the star-spangled sky is an experience you will not forget.

Travel Tips

There are certain things you should carry with yourself while on a camel safari, to make your trip more comfortable. A hat or a turban is a must, if you want to keep the scorching heat and a merciless headache away. Direct exposure to the sun can also cause fainting spells. Carry long sleeved, loose shirts and tops, and full pants which are comfortable and durable. For the night, carrying warm clothes is a must because the desert gets cold.

Carry sunscreen and sunglasses, strong, sturdy shoes which will cover your feet, a towel, some toilet paper, and a small medical kit. A flashlight and an extra water bottle is also advisable.

The best time to go on a camel safari in Rajasthan would be between September to March. The summers are too hot for an enjoyable safari, and the monsoons hit the state soon after. The winters have hot but manageable mornings and cold nights.

When to visit

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  • Dec
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  • 23.2° Max
  • 8.8° Min
  • 5.5 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen
Things to do

Camel Safaris are one of the most novel experiences you can have while in Rajasthan. Instead of hurried sightseeing, Camel Safaris are for those who like observing their surroundings at a more leisurely pace. For those who are adventurous at heart and for those who like being one with nature, camel safaris is the perfect option. In Rajasthan, camel safaris are common in Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Jodhpur and Bikaner. All these places have a number of agencies you can approach for an unforgettable experience.

Camel Safaris can be done in a day itself. You can head out early in the morning and be back by dusk. However, the thrill lies in the overnight camping expeditions, which are conducted by people who have been doing this for years. Many locals there are well-versed in the art of travelling long distances with camels as their only form of transport. There are overnight safaris which are conducted over 2 days and 1 night, and then there are other expeditions which go on for about a month, even.

You can take the generic routes, although some of the camel safari organizers will allow you to choose your own routes, and take the less travelled ones. If you want to go on a camel safari, make sure you choose the ones with the overnight stay. The organizers provide the food, the tents and the mattresses which you will need in the course of the journey. It is a unique experience to watch the majestic, formidable sand dunes while sitting atop a camel, and sleeping underneath the open, star-studded skies is an experience you will remember forever. The rustic but wholesome food, and the chance to watch rural desert life while passing by, is also  wonderful feeling, and it will leave you feeling refreshed and you will get to take back with you an adventure which you will not be likely to forget.

While riding a camel, there are certain things one should keep in mind. Although there are trained and experienced guides who will be handling the camels, you should know certain basic moves to make yourself more comfortable. Carry a small cushion with you, because the back of the camel is uneven, and may cause discomfort while riding it for a prolonged period of time. Hold on to the reins tightly because riding a camel can be a slightly bumpy affair, especially for those who are not used to it. Lean back when the camel gets up or sits down. This will help you to not lose your balance.

With some of these basic moves in mind, and with an open, adventurous heart, a camel safari can be one of the most delightful experiences of your life. If you are tired of being a regular sigh-seeing tourist, opt for some adventure. Explore the desert lands sitting astride this beautiful beast, and it is sure to be a very fruitful experience for you.

Places to Stay

Each of these towns has a wide variety of hotels you can stay at. But it is best to approach camel safari organizers who make provisions for accommodation when you’re not in the safari as well. Some of the renowned organizers are: Trotters Independent Travel, Sahara Travels, Mystic Jaisalmer and Adventure Travel Agency. While Sahar Travels makes way only for accommodation while in the safari, the others will make accommodation is town possible as well. The fares will be up for discussion as per your budget and requirements.

During the safari itself, the costs for accommodation and food does not amount to much. The usual fare is about 700 INR per day. This includes service charges, tents, mattresses, water and food. However, if you want specialized services, the cost can go on up to 1,500 INR per day. Most of the latter fare includes hotel accommodation in breaks so that you can freshen up and rest at ease, and it also includes parts of the journey made by jeep to make the trip as leisurely as possible.

How to Reach

  • A few planes now fly to Jaisalmer, but Jaipur is the closest city with an airport in order to get to Jodhpur, Pushkar, Jaisalmer or Bikaner. Take a plane from any part of India to Jaipur and then proceed by road to these towns.
  • There are dedicated railheads in each of these cities. Trains ply from Delhi to these cities regularly, and from within different part of Rajasthan as well.
  • You can drive down to any of these cities from Delhi or from Jaipur. It takes 6 hours from Pushkar to Delhi, 12 hours from Jaisalmer to Delhi and 8 hours from Jodhpur to Delhi. From Bikaner to Delhi takes about 7-8 hours. From these cities, there are various hotels you can put up at. Jeeps will drive you to where the camel is waiting.

Surrounding Attractions

If you cannot get enough of the sand dunes, then travelling further into the Thar Desert might be a good idea. If you want more of Camel Safaris, there are some conducted in the Leh and Ladakh region as well, although this area is further up north in the country. You can also explore the cultural sides of Rajasthan by visiting the numerous palaces strewn all over the state.