Unforgettable experience of sleeping under the shed of thousands of stars in the dark night on a desert, far away from bustling lifestyle of the city, is the best thing which you can encounter in Jaisalmer desert camp. I was dreaming of such a wonderful experience in life, and then to fulfil this desire I planned a trip to Jaisalmer with my friends.
It was a journey through the golden sand dunes of Jaisalmer where we can enjoy the tranquillity of desert area in our trip. We started our desert journey by enjoying a Jaisalmer camel safari in the never-ending sleek stretch of desert. Later we reached Kuldhara Village which is the most popular abandoned village in Rajasthan. Our tour guide told us that many haunted stories were associated with this village thus it became the most popular haunted site in royal state. This ancient ghost village is not more than a ruin, but I have a keen interest in knowing the history about this village. Kuldhara Village was inhabited by the highest caste of Brahmins. The then Maharaja of this village was a Rajput warrior who fell in love with the daughter of village chieftains and frighten to conquer the settlement if she wasn’t handed over to him. After some time, the chief decided to leave this village overnight. We have no idea about how much this tale is truth in itself, but the history of this village buried under the sand dunes.
As the day dawn, we have captured the mesmerizing view of sunset over the dunes in our cameras. After a long journey through the sand dunes, we reached our camping site and get accommodated in our camps. We can feel the tranquillity of the dunes as we can only hear the murmurs of me and my friends.
I can feel the goosebumps on my skin due to the cold winds blowing in the dunes, to get rid of such a cold weather we sit near a bonfire on the campsite. When I was booking my Jaisalmer Desert Safari Package, I can really imagine the moments on the back of my mind as I was very excited to go. Things which I love the most about the desert safari experience are –
- A jeep ride to the camel point (far away from sam sand dunes)
- A bumpy camel ride over the dunes
- One hour visit to Kuldhara Village
- An overnight stay at campsite
- Freshly cooked meal and unlimited water
- Return back to the hotel with a jeep ride
For entertaining us, arrangements of folk dance and music performances were made by our travel agent which I enjoyed the most. Later we were served with the delicious buffet dinner and then comes my favorite moment which I was dreaming for since last few years. We went to sleep below the twinkling stars all around in a dark skies over the desert dunes. It was a dreamy night and next day we woke up and had a breakfast. Later we return back to the city for Jaisalmer sightseeing which includes Jaisalmer Fort – the Golden ornate of the city, three Havelis of traders and merchants (Salim Singh ki Haveli, Nathmal Ji ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli), Bada Bagh – cenotaphs of maharajas and royal families of Jaisalmer, etc.
We have captured the most beautiful sights of these attractions in our cameras and then we head towards our pre-booked hotel for an overnight stay in Jaisalmer. Next day was the last day of our trip and we proceed to our home. The entire trip was the most memorable one of my life and my favorite moment was sleeping in the shed of stars.