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“What a (BAD) Joke !!!”

Pushkar Camel Safari
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Owner description: Pushkar Camel Desert Safari - is one of the best safaris to see the desert of Rajasthan or any other desert of the world. Camel Safari Tour has been made for the respected visitors who want to explore Rajasthan, keeping in mind the needs of a tourist and what sort of outdoor activities and amusement he wants. Our tour to Camel Safari is full of fun and frolic, that gives you the lifetime experience. Special Half Day Camel Safari with Rajasthani food:- 3 pm adventure starts with a camel safari, visiting various villages through desert & arriving to the sand dunes for the sunset. After dinner, back to Pushkar by camel or jeep at around 10 PM. Full Day Tour - the tour departs early morning by 9:00 am adventure starts with a camel safari, visiting various villages in the remote areas and experiencing the desert 'Sunrise /Sunset' Camel safari: It is your choice whether you wish to go on this safari at either morning or evening. First we pick you up directly from the hotel you are staying at. You are then introduced to your camel and the camel men. Each camel has their own rider who sits behind you. And also for your safety. We then take you through the desert where you and of course sunrise or sunset. After approximately three hours of seeing the beautiful area around Pushkar you are then dropped back safely to your hotel with lots of photos to show friends and family (served tea coffee & biscut also).
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
Chiang Mai
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“What a (BAD) Joke !!!”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Let me start out by saying that the three of us who went on this overnight camel safari have many years of experience camping in the deserts of the American Southwest (on our own), The Sinai in Egypt and many other exotic and interesting places around the world. Having said that this was one of the worst run operations I have ever experienced. It was so bad that the operator refunded our money. If you don't believe me about how bad this was, check out the photos. And if you would like a good laugh, read on.

To be clear, since I have seen a couple of different companies reviewed here, we went with Royal Safari Camp Pushkar on their overnight trip and their website is at http://www.pushkarcamelsafari.com/overnightcamelsafari.htm

We began our little adventure near the Brahma Temple, in Puskar, and spent the first half-hour winding our way through markets and street stalls doing a little window shopping from the upper deck of our trusty camels. After this little excursion we headed out of town...along trash and garbage strewn dirt roads lined with small houses and little plots of cultivated land. It was like riding through a desert of plastic bags and junk lined with overhead power lines as we headed west towards the dunes (or so we thought). Eventually we passed out of the suburbs and into the countryside, still covered in the ever present plastic bags and other throw-aways.

We finally arrived at our camping area, which one person in our party referred to as, "the parking lot for the luxury (in appearance) hotel that was next door". It was conveniently surrounded by a barbed wire fence (presumably to keep out the marauding desert bandits lurking nearby) and perhaps to keep our frisky camels in.

A brisk wind made setting up the tents a bit of a challenge for the staff and they failed to use pegs or rocks to secure them. They soon flew into the barbed wire fence. Oh, well; that's probably what the fence was really for - to keep the tents in. To their credit, the crew did yoman's work in preparing our dinner over the open fire. It was delicious and we enjoyed their company.

In the meantime there was another group camped out a little below us (beyond the barbed wire) and they had a big campfire going and were being entertained by gypsy dancers and musicians. We asked our staff why we didn't have any entertainment as advertised on the website and were told that there had been a problem with the local police. The problem we surmised, was that the other group's tour operator had paid off the police and ours had not.

When we asked about the toilet tent for the ladies (which had also been advertised) we were told that there was no toilet tent and not to worry, that ... "the desert is a big toilet".

Finally we crawled into our lovely and cozy tents. It quickly became apparent though that our tents had seen better days and were in need of a little repair. The zippers were all broken and the flaps were held together with safety pins (which you can see in our attached photos). By this time the wind was picking up speed and the flaps and rain flies were flapping wildly in the breeze. Since we were familiar with these types of tents we went outside in the dark and did the best we could to hook them to the frames, with only limited success. Then within minutes our friend in the other tent began yelling at a dog that had come through the open/broken rain fly and had found a resting place for the night. Eventually the staff came and hauled the dog away to who-knows where.

By morning, we were covered in grit from a nights worth of blowing desert sand. Early on, we were greeted by the company manager (or owner, I'm not sure which he actually was) who had ridden his motorbike out through the litter covered wilderness to greet us. It didn't take him long to get an earful about his operation. He calmly sipped his morning tea as he listened politely, then flipped the paper cup into the air and sheepishly drove off.

If you're looking for a real desert/camel experience, save your money. This one is a (BAD) joke and should be avoided at all costs.

Visited February 2012
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Jodhpur
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“Over Night Safari Pushkar”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

we stay in pushkar for two days.i booked overnight camel safari by www.pushkarcamelsafari.com.they provied us camel safari in dunes and we stay in dunes for one night they also oranized folk programme in dunes and we stay in trekking tent on dunes simple comfort but best on dunes.great excepreince

Visited January 2012
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New Delhi, India
1 review
“Calm, serene & majestic sunset at pushkar”
Reviewed 6 December 2011

Not a genuine desert or sand dune & one can travel through one's own vehicle also to the spot where camels take tourists for sunset but the overall experience of the safari AND the folk-music at the Jaipur ghat makes it an incredible place. Abundance of eatries where italian & european menus are worth trying at reasonable prices.

Local boys staring at foreigners are also a common sight where presence of local police could be a deterrent to any mischief.

Visited November 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Pushkar Camel Ride”
Reviewed 6 November 2011

We rode the camel to view the sunset in Pushkar, loved it, the gypsies dancing for you when you arrive at the destination, and couldn't have been more friendly. We rode back for the traditional music and dance, which l thought went for a little bit to long and our meal was served very late in the night, but with me saying this, l enjoyed the whole experience.

Visited November 2011
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Marin County, CA
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“Great camel driver!”
Reviewed 3 November 2011

It's my third trip to Pushkar for the camel festival in 6 years and every time I have been lucky enough to find Gopal, my friendly camel driver. He is very fair and can either take you out on his very handsome and friendly camel, Rama or on his covered cart. You can find him out by the fair by asking around if you are here now. The Mela will be moving next year as the train will be arriving any day here in Pushkar. Not such a good thing but time marches on. Gopal also does longer desert safaris to Bikaner, Jaiselmer, etc. And his English is very good. Please ask the other camel drivers..they all know him but might not tell you!

Visited November 2011
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