Do you remember the pleasure and joy of coloring with those “camel” crayons in your childhood? Well the pace at which life has moved on from those smooth moments of bliss to the target oriented rat race, we have almost forgotten what it feels like to be in those moments of joy. Surprisingly camel safari is a ‘grown-up’ replacement of those moments of bliss. Away from the maddening crowd and blaring horns, camel safari serves as a magic wand slowing down the pace of life and takes you on a roller coaster in the sands of time. No amount of mileage or sturdy tires can replace the endurance of a camel’s hump.
It’s truly said “Life’s big moments, require simple things”. Surprisingly the complicated and ultra-sophisticated SUVs cannot help us through the deserts of Rajasthan which are a treasure trove of camel safaris. The essence of a camel safari lies in its typical walk which makes sure that you are on an adventure trip which somehow relaxes you as well as rejuvenates every cell of your body.
Rajasthan is endowed with vast stretches of sand (and no, people don’t stay on sand dunes or use camels as means of transport), specifically the regions around Jaisalmer and Jodhpur where one can camp and relish the idea of living a nomadic life at an amazingly slower pace that you can actually count your heart beats, and it’s totally worth it. Now-a-days to give a taste of camel ride, people have started giving a ride on roads, as can be seen in Udaipur and Jaipur. It’s like going to Goa, and still having Dominoes. The real delicacy is not the camel’s hump but it’s the way it feels when its walking on sand. The sand adds up to the beauty of the ride.
Jodhpur is famous for its kachoris and mirchiwada more than for anything else. But it does not disappoint the history lovers as well. It is truly a place with lavish forts and lifestyles that will leave you awestruck. Be it the Mehrangarh fort with its lush history or UmedBhawan Palace with its sprawling richness. Mehrangarh Fort itself welcomes you with camel adorned with rainbow colors and little pieces of mirrors weaved as tapestry. Despite being near to a desert it is ironical that the city also houses Kaylana Lake which in itself is a peaceful beauty.
Jaisalmer is the place which is worth visiting if you are a desert lover. It has unending spread of sands where you can camp in tents and observe life more closely. The city is a blend of golden yellow houses and sand, thereby being called as the Golden city. Jaisalmer is a well persevered city with forts like Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Singh ki Haveli and the Khaba Fort. Owing to its rich history it also houses the heritage Museum.
Caution : Jaisalmer should totally be avoided in winters as the sands makes it difficult to even let your feet breathe with the chills it radiates.
Bikaner is a small residential city with an amazingly strong folk culture. For people who love to explore, this city will never disappoint you owing to its small streets which open into smaller ones and finally losing you in a myriad of streets opening directly into houses. Despite the street culture, it still manages to preserve lavish palaces which includes the Lalgarh Palace, Laxmi Niwas Palace which is an exotic beauty in itself, and of course the Junagarh fort, famous for its historical establishment. Bikaner is partially covered with sand with really high dunes making it a preferable destination for safaris.