The City of Havelis, Jaisalmer was founded by Maharawal Jaisal Singh in 1156 AD. This city has several places of attractions such as Jaisalmer Fort, Chandraprabhu Jain temple, Cactus Park and Akal Fossil Park museum, Gadsisar Lake, and Nathmal Ki Haveli. In addition, there are a few must-visit places in Jaisalmer district, such as Kuldhara and Sam Sand Dunes. You can extend your stay in these slightly remote aforementioned areas as these places offer you a tranquil and recreational experience.read more
Glamping (luxurious camping) is a relatively new phenomenon of camping and you can find innumerable upscale tent accommodation options in different areas. These holiday home properties are furnished with plush beds, bedside tables, contemporary wooden chairs and coffee tables, wardrobes, interesting light fixtures and lanterns, and dressing tables for added convenience. Some of these deluxe stays also feature in-house restaurants, spas, gazebos, fine dining spaces, kitchens, and swimming pools.
Further, these accommodations also organise various performances and cultural shows. At these rental properties, you can interact with fellow travellers from different walks of life.
Sam Sand Dunes
Located 36 kilometres away from the main town, Sam sand dunes are an enormous stretch of the Thar Desert. Characterised by scanty or negligible vegetation, the best time to visit these dunes is either during the sunset (4 – 7 pm) or at sunrise (4 -6 am). In fact, tourists particularly frequent this expansive desert area to watch the sunset. Camel or camel cart rides are the main attraction here, but nothing can surpass the joy of walking on the sandy knolls. You can also try jeep safari and quad biking here for a more exhilarating experience. This desert particularly comes alive during the Desert Festival that showcases Rajasthani folk songs and dances, moustache competitions, camel races, and puppet shows.
The Desert festival is held annually in February. The ideal months to visit this desert are between October and February. Sam sand dunes are about 162 kilometres from the India-Pakistan border.
Tent accommodations around Sam Sand Dunes begin from as low as approximately INR 2,875 for a night.
Khuri Sand Dunes
Khuri Sand Dunes are situated about 45 km from Jaisalmer. Also known as Tilo Ki Dhani, Khuri is a small village where you can enjoy camel rides, bonfire parties, regional folk dances like ghoomar, and fire-stunt performances by experts. Here, you can relish authentic Rajasthani cuisine including daal baati churma, gatte ki sabzi, kachori, and ghevar among other delectable meals. Situated within the Desert National Park, Khuri has abundant wildlife, including wild cat, desert fox, Nilgai, and endangered bird species such as the Great Indian Bustard and Demoiselle Crane. This village also has a few handicraft and souvenir shops.
Tent accommodations in Khuri Sand Dunes begin from as low as approximately INR 2,015 for a night.
Pokaran is a small town in Jaisalmer district. Located in the Thar Desert, this town became significant as the country’s first underground nuclear weapon detonation test site. The fourteenth century citadel, Balgarh is the most prominent landmark of the town. Other tourist attractions in Pokaran are Gurudwara Damdama Sahib, Jain Temple, and Shrine of Ramdeoji. This small locality is home to innumerable bird species, including Houbara Bustard, Damsel Crane, and Imperial Sand Grouse. Surrounded by rocks, sand, and five salt ranges, it takes about two hours to reach Pokaran from Jaisalmer.
Tent accommodations in Pokaran are priced at approximately INR 10, 640 for a night.
Chandan is a desert area that is situated around 45 km from Jaisalmer. This vast stretch of arid desert is home to rather luxurious tent accommodations. Bherwa Chandan is an ideal getaway for honeymooners or for those looking for peaceful surroundings. You can also visit nearby areas such as Kheechan village for bird watching, Sodakore for a proper luncheon stopover, and Kuldhara—a ghost village.
Tent accommodations in Bherwa Chandan are priced at approximately INR 78,609 for a night.