Major Tourist Attractions of the Thar Desert

Major Tourist Attractions of the Thar Desert

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 –Jaisalmer-Dance-Festival-folk-dance

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 –kuldhara-Bandoned-Village

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 –Fairs and festivals of the desert Camel

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 –Desert-Safari-Tour

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 –Desert-Safari-Tour-Jaisalmer

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 –National Parks of Thar Jaisalmer

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.

Camping in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is the golden city of India, known for various activities to be enjoyed at the Thar Desert. From the Jaisalmer Sightseeing of fort & havelis to the boat ride at Gadisar Lake and from the camping under sky to the desert safari Jaisalmer, there is so much to see, do and enjoy in Jaislamer. People come Jaisalmer and enjoy exploring the major attractions such as, Jaisalmer Fort, Nathamal ji ki haveli, Patwaon ki haveli, Salim singh ki haveli, Gadisar Lake, Vyas Chhatri, Jain Temple and so on. But only few people experience the camping in Jaisalmer.

Camping under the skyCamping under the sky Real Desert Man Safari Jaisalmer

Sleeping under the sky studded with glittering stars is an amazing experience that everyone should have once in a lifetime.  To experience the camping, head towards the Sam Sand Dunes which is 42Kms away from the city of Jaisalmer. En route, watch the local people, their lifestyle, culture and villages. It is better to arrive on the dunes in the late afternoon. Camping is not only about sleeping under the sky, there are lot more to do at the Sand Dunes. The best time to enjoy the camping is during the winters. People also plan during Christmas Eve and Ney Year Eve to have the blasting celebrations.  

Desert SafariDesert Safari Real Desert Man Safari Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Desert Safari is one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer. You get two options in safari- Jeep Safari and Camel Safari. Both the safaris have their own experiences. Sitting on the back of camel and riding around the remote areas while enjoying the sunset is altogether a different experience. Click the splendid pictures of the sunset. Another option is to enjoy the Jeep ride where a group of people can ride at a time. Traveling on the bumpy sand dunes with ups and downs is very entertaining. So, you can either experience both the safaris or choose one as per your interests.

Folk Dance of Rajasthan: KalbeliyaFolk Dance of Rajasthan-Kalbeliya Real Desert Man Safari Jaisalmer

A group of women are dressed traditionally in black color, perform Kalbeliya dance. Men play instruments like dholak, been, khajari and sarangi. The performers belong to the Kalbeliya community and are from nomadic tribes. Enjoy this dance performance and during this time, you can have some snacks with drinks. If your trip is planned during the winters then you can also enjoy the bonfire.

Rajasthani Dinnerjaisalmer dinner Real desert Man Safari Jaisalmer

After watching the dance performance, relish your taste buds with the authentic Rajasthani cuisines, dal-bati-churma. The food offered here is very delicious and spicy. If you are a non-vegetarian, then you can also have laal maas.

Sleeping beneath Moon and StarsSleeping beneath Moon and Stars Real Desert Man Safari Jaisalmer

Now, you need to get in the best desert camp in Jaisalmer for spending an overnight. You will be delighted to see the clear sky with a huge number of stars. Sand dunes Jaisalmer is away from the city pollution, thus, one can gaze at the clear sky lit with countless sparkling stars.

See the Sunrise next morningSee the Sunrise next morning Real Desert Man Safari Jaisalmer

In the morning, wake up early to see the beautiful sunrise from the sand dunes. Click some pictures of the sunrise and colorful camels. Have breakfast at the camp and now you can say good bye to the Sand dunes and drive towards Jaisalmer. Explore the major attractions of Jaisalmer within Jaisalmer tour package.

Car Rental in JaisalmerCar Rental in Jaisalmer Real Desert Man Safari Jaisalmer

To travel hassle-free, you can rent car Jaisalmer for the sightseeing, airport /railway transfers etc. You can choose a car ranging from economy to luxury as per your travel budget. The economy cars offers you a great mileage whereas, luxury cars offer you a luxurious ride with ultra-modern features and technology. Hire vans and coaches, if you are traveling in a group.

So, plan your stay at the camp in Jaisalmer and enjoy various activities at the sand dunes.