The golden colour of sand must surely catch your fancy, and if it does, then you should tour the Thar Desert. Of all the cities and towns, located in or near the landform, Jaisalmer has quite a distinct charm. Though the city is itself replete with interesting places to visit, its surrounding areas do not lag behind either. To explore some of these nearby sites, you can avail this Jaisalmer sunset safari and have a wonderful time. On the excursion, you will visit three incredible destinations, namely Bada Bagh, Amar Sagar and Kuldhara. This will allow you to learn about the local culture, which existed here since more than 400 years ago.
You will head out on Jeeps so that you can sit comfortably and enjoy the sunset safari in Jaisalmer to the fullest. On the way, you may also be able to see Rajasthani folk, engaged in their daily chores. If possible, then pay special head to the local women, who would probably be dressed in brightly coloured clothes and be adorned with shimmering jewels. See how perfectly they balance earthen water pots on their heads as they go to or come from faraway wells or oasis. On the other hand, the most intriguing item of the attire of Rajasthani men is their headgear or safa, which is a symbol of their ethnic community.
All said and done, before undertaking the Jaisalmer sunset safari, you should know how and when to come to the city. It is located in the western extreme of the Rajasthan state, right in the middle of the desert. You can easily reach here from around the country via a good network of national and state highways. Trains to this incredible holiday destination can be taken from major Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi. The best time to take a sunset safari in Jaisalmer is in winters during the months of November, December, January and February. Due to its location, summers here are extremely harsh with the maximum day temperatures crossing the 45 degree Celsius mark regularly.
Start your Jaisalmer sunset safari by leaving the city in the afternoon and heading into the desert. First, stop at Bada Bagh – a complex of open pavilions topped by domes, called chhatris. The first such structure here was constructed in 1743 to house the cenotaph of Maharaja Jai Singh, and later more were constructed for high-ranking people.
Thereafter, head towards the Jain temple of Amar Sagar, which is notable for its richly carved walls. Everything from the conical pillars to the walls is adorned with intricate carvings of symbols and floral designs.
The last stop on this sunset safari in Jaisalmer is the village of Kuldhara. It has been abandoned for ages, and the stories of ghosts and spirits wandering here have made it an instant hit among adventure lovers. Though a small village, its elaborately constructed houses and street layout hint at meticulous residential planning.
Here, get off the Jeeps and ride on the backs of camels on sand dunes. By the time you reach here, the sun would not be beating down as much as in the afternoon, and the temperature will have somewhat lessened. Enjoy the camel ride till the sun starts to set and bathes the desert sand in a resplendent golden hue.
Thereafter, board the Jeep again and return to the city.
Duration: 01 Day
Region: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Activities: Jeep Safari, Camel Safari
Best Time to go: October to March