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Camel Safari

Camel Safari

 

One of the most unforgettable and enchanting experiences you can have in India is to ride through the rippling, windswept desert on camel back and camp out under the stars. Taking a camel safari will also give you the opportunity to witness the rustic, rural desert life of India. While the desert can be barren, it is also surprisingly well populated.

Major hotspots of Camel Safari in India include Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner in Rajasthan. All of these were the princely kingdoms in the wide stretches of deserts. Each one of them is easily comparable in size with many European countries. These erstwhile capitals prospered from trade as the camel caravans traveled from West Asia and Europe to Mongolia.

These were extensively fortified to protect their wealth. Resultantly a number of spectacular palaces, havelis or courtyard mansions were built for merchants and nobility and intricately carved temples for the subjects. The materials used here was normally sandstone, as it was easily available. It provided a better medium to the Silavats who specialized in making stone resemble lace.

Camel Safaris are regarded as the most suitable way to explore the desert as you can visit the villages, pass through the wildlife and ride across the open desert sands. Specific camel safaris are organized around Jaisalmer. The architectural ruins of Lodurva are located very near to it, which was the former capital of Bhatti Rajputs before the foundation of Jaisalmer.

Other highlights here include Anna Sagar oasis, sand dunes of Sam and water source of Mool Sagar, where village women gather with pitchers at dusk. The trip also includes night halts at villages on the way or temporary bivouac camps amid desert scrub. Here follows a brief description of major camel safari regions in India.

 

Locations

Thar Desert

Thar Desert of Rajasthan is the premier destination of Camel Safari in India. These are organized with utmost skill and imagination. The duration of safari may range from 4 to 15 days, but minimum time duration usually fluctuates around the duration of a week. Thar Desert is almost a world of its own, resembling an unending ocean of sand. Its own wildlife is dotted with dunes and patchily covered with xerophylic shrubs. While you are on a camel caravan, you encounter the warmth of hospitable villagers and ruins of historic forts and palaces of Rajasthan.

 

Jodhpur

Jaisalmer and Bikaner are the best locations for camel safari. Bikaner-Jaisalmer safari takes around 11 days, covering 25 to 30 km a day. Its route is known to none but the camel riders. One more option in the desert heartland would be Shekhawati region, which takes such towns as Ramgarh, Nawalgarh, Churu, Dundlod and Mandawa. Precisely, one or two-day camel safari trips can also be organized and safari routes may incorporate interesting variations as Jaisalmer to Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. Special camel safaris are also organized around Pushkar and Nagaur during the winter season, between October to March. Popular cattle fairs are held in these two cities.

 

Chambal Safari

Another popular destination for Camel Safari coming up in the safari circuit is Chambal Safari. This is another attraction, which offers a fine instance of eco-friendly tourism in rural India. You get a rare chance to witness the rich cultural heritage and wildlife legacy placed against arid backdrop. Chambal Safari is a worthy excursion for all the visitors to Agra. The tour package comprises of two key activities, a river cruise along with a camel safari. The river cruise is conducted by Pathanias, which takes you along Chambal river for 30 km and provides close encounters with Ghariyals and Crocodiles. The camel safari takes you to the majestic Atar Fort.

 

Shekhawati Safari

Shekhawati is the semi desert region North-West 0f Jaipur and is easily accessible to five hours drive from Jaipur and Delhi. This area is the part of Thar Desert.

Shekhawati has become very popular with foreign tourists. This area is full of old forts & havelies with beautiful frescoes and wall paintings. Few of the forts have now been turned into Heritage Hotels, which are popular with tourists.

For tourists who love adventure we arrange Camel Safaris. With the expert knowledge and experience we offer our guests a unique way of seeing the countryside on camelback in a relaxed leisurely pace. We also provide camel carts. During the safari, you stay in comfortable tented camps, which will have all facilities. You meet colourful people of this area and members of Ex-Royal families. We will have experienced escorts to be with the group during the safari. Each day approximately 20 to 30 kms is covered.

 

Bikaner Safari

Bikaner city lies on the northern point on the triangle of desert cities. Bikaner is another royal walled city dating back 1486 A. D. It was established by a Rathore prince, Bika and came to be called Bikaner after him. Bika was the eldest son of the founder of Jodhpur state - Rao Jodha. Bikaner was well protected from its enemies by the harsh desert, which surrounded this city. It was, however a major trade centre as it stood on the ancient carvan route, which linked central Asia and north India with the Gujarat seaports. Other outside influences were minimal and this city was able to keep its medieval flavour.

Hail to the ship of the desert - CAMEL, without it you cannot expect life in this region of the world. An animal with great courage and temperament. It takes you through the vasts. It has been a medium of transport for centuries in Thar.

The villages coming between the routes are mainly areas of Bishnoi community who are known for their animal rights and are always ready to sacrifice their life for animals. Thus, you find plenty of wildlife in between. Mainly - Desert Fox, Antelopes, Deers, Blue Cow, Peacock's and various birds.

 

Jaisalmer Safari

The Camel Safari in Jaisalmer offers an opportunity to the tourists to enjoy the life in the shimmering glory of the desert sand. A camel safari allows the tourists to explore the life and majesty of Rajasthan and enthrall the desert scape.

Also known as, the 'ship of the desert' the camel is the most popular of all animals in the desert. A camel safari allows the visitor a glimpse of the simplistic villages of Rajasthan and exposes the tourist to the rustic lifestyle of the desert people. The camel safari routes traverse through the desert sand dunes taking the tourist the ancient havelis, temples and abandoned palaces.

 

Rann of Kutch Safari

Rann of Kutch Desert Safari is a fascinating way to experience the beauty of Kutch Deserts. Rann of Kutch Desert Safari includes the cross-desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch. This Rann of Kutch Desert Safari provdes a wide variety of wildlife including the “Gudkhur” (Asiatic Wild Ass). Rann of Kutch Desert Safari can be undertaken on camels as well.

Camel Safari in Rann of Kutch is undertaken across the entire Kutch region with comfortable night stay in tents.  The Camel Safari in Rann of Kutch adds to the thrill as they last for about a week. One can experience tribal life, handloom weaving and pottery during Camel Safari in Rann of Kutch.

 

Pushkar Safari

Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar Lake, various ghats and temples spread all around the lake.

The word 'Pushkar' means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children; he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month (generally in the month of November)), hallowing the place.

It would be great fun to have bumpy riding in sand dunes along with campfire on dunes is the lifetime experience. The Camel Safari in Pushkar offers an opportunity to the tourists to enjoy the life in the shimmering glory of the desert sand. A camel safari allows the tourists to explore the life and majesty of Rajasthan and enthrall the desert scape.

So do not miss this part of your Pushkar Visit. If you are old and not enough courageous to ride on camel back. Then go for camel cart.

 

Ladakh (Kashmir) Safari

The 'Ship of desert' camel is certainly not confined to the desert of the plains and Rajasthan but is also one of the chief modes of transportation in the cold deserts of Ladakh since the ancient times.

Mostly available from July to September, camel safaris are one of the most memorable experiences as one gets used to the rolling and wobbly movements of the camel while exploring rugged mountain terrains and enjoy the ride through some of the most ancient passes and have first hand experience of the lifestyle of the remote villages of Nubra Valley. The sudden change of fertile and lush green apricot orchards to the frozen desert and snow-capped peaks takes one almost by surprise.

The other thing about camel safari in Nubra that fascinates one is the shaggy double-humped Bactrian camel. In the earlier times, Central Asian traders used these camels as pack animals but since 50 years, they have been bred for transport purposes as well. Today, these camels have emerged as the hot favorites of the tourists as the choice of their mode of transportation during camel safaris. Deskit and Hunder are the popular centers for this activity.

Camel Safari provides one opportunity to watch and relish the scenic beauty of the Ladakhi valleys, villages, especially the Panamic village, and the colorful Buddhist monasteries or Gompas and have a dip in the famous hot springs of the region, which are said to possess therapeutic.

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