From my camel: Our Thar desert safari
Our camel safari in the Thar Desert was one of the things we looked forward to most during our time in India and it reached and even surpassed our expectations.
We spent a morning visiting Tripadvisor’s top four safari operators in Jaisalmer and chose a 3 day, 2 night trip with Adventure Travel Agency who turned out to be a great choice. In our opinion you only need a day in Jaisalmer: the morning to sort your safari and the afternoon to visit the giant sandcastle that is the fort.
The Thar Desert is not like the Sahara. You’re not going to see endless sand dunes but you will see some, interspersed with scrubland and impossibly dry farmland roamed by goats, sheep, cows and the occasional farmer. We were lucky and saw gazelle’s and a desert fox in the distance.
Romeo and Michael seem unlikely names for camels but these two were our trusty ships of the desert throughout our journey, despite Michael’s reluctance to sit down which at times left Eliza stranded in mid-air, slowly sliding towards his neck as he lent forward but refused to put his back legs down.
Occasionally we’d come across some female camels. As it was post mating-season the ladies were ‘out to pasture’ and this peaked Romeo and Michael’s attention.
Warmed by the heat of the fire, we helped Kaspar and Modo as they prepared a dinner of vegetable curry, rice and the tasty chapatis cooked over an open fire and were joined by a nomadic shepherd for a cup of chai.
Snuggling into our swags, we star-gazed the few stars that were visible. We visited on a full moon which was so bright that we joked about turning out the light. Even so we enjoyed a reasonably sound sleep. Another time, we’d love to go during a dark moon to appreciate the stars.