Camel Safari in the Great Thar Desert
The Thar Desert also known as the Great Indian Desert is the most populated desert in the world. Home to over 30 million people, rich in culture and traditions inherited from old generations. The Thar desert people don a way of life that is different from anywhere else in the world. A wide range of exotic and new experiences and adventures await you.
We are passionate about our home and heritage, and happy to share it with our guests. We hear time and time again from guests that the time spent here in Jaisalmer was the best part of their entire Indian adventure. Our love of our home combined with this utterly beautiful terrain is what continues to drive us to give authentic first-hand experiences in the Thar Desert.
From years of experience we have learned that no one package fits all guests’ needs. We understand that budget and preferences vary wildly from guest to guest. That is why we take pride in discussing each trip with our guests and tailoring it to your desires. We want to sit down, drink chai, and discover, together, how we can make your unique discovery of the Thar Desert completely unforgettable. To jump start your imagination here are some adventures that await:
- sunset camel treks
- an authentic desert evening beneath the stars
- a luxury desert overnight
- an overnight desert excursion
- bird watching tours
- an immersive village experience
- and many more
Comfort and Luxury
“… they truly provided us the best possible service in a desert! They also provided us with a warm bed that was perfect for the cold night. The camels were also quite internesting – uncomfortable, yes, but also very fun. Abtula guided them well, making sure they behave. The dinner was brilliant; five tasty dishes and many great chai cups. Of course the stars were great!”
– Pat from TripAdvisor
The desert might not be the first destination that comes to your mind when looking for comfort and luxury but it is a possibility through our Desert Resort. With our resort in Barna we give our guests the chance to experience the desert in the most comfortable ways possible. Enjoy the time in in one of our mud cottages or Swiss tents complete with en-suite western style bathroom, fan, and comfortable bedding. Dine on exquisite local cuisine from our fresh buffet for dinner, sip on a cocktail or beer from our well-stocked bar while sitting by the bonfire to enjoy cultural shows in the evenings. Located only one hour away by Jeep, our camp is run at the highest standard. While only an hour away, it feels like you’ve entered a new planet. The desert landscape encircles you as dine and recline in absolute comfort. We chose a location far from all other camps to give our guests the isolated and secluded feel of the desert. Few other experiences come close to watching the sun rise and set over the dunes from the comfort of our camp.
“The guide men were wonderful and went extra miles to make our experience unforgettable. To see the desert men cooking, telling stories and laughing was so unique and I would come back again and again… I am so grateful to this Tour Safari to make my experience so good!”
– Penny from TripAdvisor
For years people have made this harsh terrain their home. They created whole villages and built lives shaped by this environment. It is amazing to see how these resilient and brave people live especially for guests coming from very different ways of life. We created a sustainable way for our guests to immerse themselves in this village lifestyle.
Rajasthanis are famous for their hospitality and these villages are shining examples. Children curiously peek out from open windows and the braver ones shout ‘Ram Ram,’ in greeting. Shy women cover their smiles with beautiful saris as you pass by and well-groomed men in brightly colored turbans invite you in for a cup of chai while curiously and politely questioning you about your life and country.
Action & Adventure
“We settled a small camp, only surrendered by dunes and had a simple but delightful organic dinner prepared by our guide on a fire camp. We spent the a cool night under the sky dome, watching the stars lying on charpois, on the top of a small dune, to be refreshed by the night wind acting like a natural fan.”
– Brittany from TripAdvisor
For those seeking adventure, the Thar Desert will not disappoint. We will start with a bumpy jeep drive to one of the most remote areas of the desert followed by a ride on the desert Cadillac, the beloved camel. Reminiscent of years gone by, riding this majestic creature on the sand dunes throughout this arid region is an experience like none other. You cannot help but imagine those who followed the same route centuries before. Marvel as the setting sun preps the sky and sand for their very own lights shows and wildly change colors right before your eyes.
As darkness falls like a blanket across the sky you drink chai, cook delicious dinner over an open fire, and discuss life with the local camel men. If you are brave enough to face the dark, cold desert night, we will set up a bed for you beneath the starry sky. A proper bed out in the desert, with cozy bedding so that you can fall asleep gazing at the stars. If the idea of sleeping outside is too adventurous for your liking rest peacefully in a modern camp setup for the night.
After a restful sleep you will wake to the sounds of birds chirping, the singsong voices of the camel men deep in discussion, and the smell of fresh desert breakfast. The sun rising over the once darkened dunes will be a sight that you will never forget.
Bird and Wildlife Watching
The Thar Desert is a nature lovers paradise. This unique biome is home to many native animals including 350 species of birds. Our guests commonly see deer, lizards, fox, vultures, eagles, and many more wild birds. Our experienced guides are perfect for finding those rare animals and birds for your viewing pleasure; their years of experience make them ideal for helping you to find that one magical creature you’ve been searching for.
Whether you are keen for a one day or multi-day experience; a comfortable escape or a rugged adventure; or an immersion in nature or culture or even a mix of them all we guarantee you an authentic experience in the Thar Desert.
Nobody knows the desert and its inhabitants better than us. And we are thrilled to share our home, knowledge, and experience with our guests.
Check out our itineraries, choose one or make up your own to create a unique experience you will remember forever.