Located about 45 kms from Jaisalmer, this is as far as close as you can get to the desert.
The first camp to be established in this region, I think they long had the distinction of also being the only permanent camp; as most others clear the area during the off season.
It does cost you more to be living outside of Jaisalmer as the only mode of transport are cabs and they will charge nothing short of 700-800 INR for a drop/pickup.
But once you get her the quietness of the place takes over. It is truly the desert as it takes getting used to sand being blown into your eyes and food every time the wind picks up, and the place is windy most of the time. So the lovely pictures that you see of open seatings for meals may not turn out that pleasant for all. Continue further on the road I think you'll end up on the Indo-Pak border within an hour.
Spending 1 to 2 nights here is ideal.
The first being the night I checked in, I was treated to some brilliant local arts performances late into the night. Food varies from good to average with little choice as provisions need to be brought from the city, and the only labor available is that from the surrounding few villages.
The following day was spent lazing around, which you can do in absolute peace.. The afternoon sun can make things hard if you're staying in the tents, but fortunately there is room service and you can have your choice of wine or beer. The wine choice was surprising.
Evenings are perfect to go for the Camel Safari, and for a tip the chap will let you stay back and enjoy the sun set; which is well worth it.
The staff arrange a very good dinner on the dunes, and you re taken there in a Jeep. You can pick your food and drink for a fairly good price. The staff did a great job of setting up the mattress on the dunes along with a campfire, real quick, and then they ll leave you to enjoy your time under the stars, while they wait close by in the jeep.
Mornings are splendid for the sunrise and the visit to 2 nearby villages to soak in the life there. The villagers are very hospitable and invited me for a tea and traditional breakfast. No charges for the same, but tips are welcome..
The kids in the village will swarm and trouble you for pens, but as I found none had an interest in schooling but rather preferred to engage in tourism oriented jobs from a young age. I missed carrying some empty notebooks and pens for the little ones.
If you have a plan, talk to the staff in advance and they will do their best in accommodating your requests..
The camp owner Mr Upender and manager Mr Rajat are great people. However your guy to get stuff done at the camp is a Abu Khan.. He'll just about get anything done there, if possible..
For an authentic desert experience and to enjoy the beauty of the desert, this is the place in Jaisalmer..
Only remember to have a little patience as it s not very easy for the staff to keep the place up and running.. You might have issues with the water in the bath, which is hard, and can carry specs of dust..
For those travelling beyond march, go for the Air conditioned cottages.
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