Jaisalmer Camel Safari
Camel Safaris are an unique way to explore the beautiful stretches of the Thar Desert. The starting point of the Jaisalmer Camel Safari was about 50 odd kilometers from Jaisalmer town.
View of Jaisalmer Fort from the highway
Along the road we spotted couple of Chinkaras (Gazella Bennettii). This gazelle subspecies lives in grasslands and desert areas in India, Bangladesh and parts of Iran and Pakistan.
Village inside the Desert National Park
Most of the camel safaris start and end at this village.
A group returning after a morning safari
Crossing over to the other side
Waiting for the load to be packed
Swaroop, the guide’s flunkie, taking a break
We stopped for lunch around noon and spent the rest of the afternoon lazing under a tree.
Unloading the camels
Kaluram, our guide, tied the fore legs of the camels and set them off to graze in the surrounding dunes.
Riding on camels can take a toll on your thighs. It is recommended to take frequent breaks so that that you can stretch and relax the muscles.
Post lunch we spotted a couple of peacocks in the nearby shrubs.
Catching up on her reading ! – And I thought only Parminder Singh Gill carried books on a safari!
At around 4 PM, Kaluram went to round up the camels.
Kaluram with the camels
Longer safaris give you an opportunity to experience the more remote areas.
Near our campsite
It is quite an experience to spend the night under the stars. On clear nights one can spot shooting stars!
Kaluram and Swaroop preparing dinner
Goofing around at sunrise
Ripples on the dunes
Swaroop cleaning the dishes with sand