India is a blessed with the never-ending sleek stretch of great India Thar desert which is mostly covered in the largest state of India – Rajasthan. The Thar Desert covers the eastern Sindh province and some areas of Pakistan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab also. Indian desert extends from Sutlej River and bounded by the salt marshy land of Great Rann of Kutch. The maximum area of Thar is in Rajasthan which offers various enchanting and thrilling adventures in the desert.
The “Ship of the desert” Camel is the best way to discover the deserted regions. During the evening the desert offers the most enchanting sunset which steels the hearts of travellers. The most popular desert cities of Thar are Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, and Pushkar. Jaisalmer Jodhpur and Bikaner are the desert triangle cities of Rajasthan. Some of the major attractions of the Thar Desert are –
The cultural evening show –
The most wonderful attraction of desert life in Thar is Cultural Program over the dunes. After a long day of Jaisalmer desert Safari, enjoying a cultural show over the dunes around the campfire is the best thing to do in the desert. Camp in Jaisalmer also includes the colorful folk dance and music performance by the local tribes of the desert.
Local tribes and villages –
The land of Thar are mainly colonized by Gypsy, Lohars, Garasians, Sahariyas, Bhils, Bishnoi tribe, and Rabaris. The life of Thar Desert villages is different in all the aspects of cultures, traditions, and customs. Khuri, Kanoi, Sattasar Village, Bishnoi Village, Kuldhara Village (abandoned village), etc are some of the most popular desert villages of Rajasthan.
Fairs and festivals of the desert –
Desert Festival Jaisalmer is held once a year during the winter season which attracts a major attraction of tourists and local visitors. The Desert festival is famous for its cultural activities, camel ride, etc. The major activities of the desert festival include Rajasthani folk dance and music performance, the snake charmers, puppeteers, stalls that displays arts and crafts, etc. Various competitions are organized by the hosts that bring enthusiasm among the crowd.
Camel safari in the desert –
The best way to discover the desert areas are camel safari and jeep safari. Although jeep safari is not much popular the charm of riding a bumpy camel ride around the desert is the best thing to do in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer Camel Safari is worldwide famous for its thrill and adventure. The thrilling camel safari is the best way to explore the desert life of Thar.
Flora and fauna of Thar Desert –
Neem, Prosopis Julisflora, Cactus, Acacia nilotica, Herbaceous plants, Prosopis Cineraria are some of the major flora found in the Thar desert. The diverse land of the desert is also a home of exotic wildlife species like a reptile, desert scorpions, mongoose, chinkara, blackbuck, Indian wild ass, wolf, red fox, and caracal. You can also find the most beautiful birds of the Thar like harriers, eagles, falcons, buzzards, greater spotted eagles, kestrels, etc.
National Parks of Thar –
Almost eleven national parks and wildlife sanctuary are located in the Thar Desert area. A part of the desert is also included Desert Park which is a collection of fossils of plants and desert animals. The national park is located in Jaisalmer of Rajasthan which is the most popular desert city in India. Other desert wildlife reserves are Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, and Wild Ass wildlife sanctuary or Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary.
The aforesaid are some of the major attractions of the Thar Desert which you can enjoy in India. The best place to enjoy desert safari is Jaisalmer which is the most popular desert city of the country that draws a major attraction of tourists. Desert Safari Jaisalmer is the best way to enjoy the desert life of Thar and take the glimpses of colorful cultures and traditions of the desert.