Done with the Jaisalmer Fort and the Museum its time for the promised Sand Dunes and if you haven’t seen one in your lifetime this is the best place to see and enjoy with sunset and Folk Dance at night. Sand dunes can be find around many villages we went to a village called KHURRI which is almost 40 kms from Jaisalmer City.
Where to find the Sand Dunes ? Your best bet will be your driver or if you have a packaged trip its already booked for you. Today we will take a night stay at this place and will have to rent a hut or a tent which is provided by many local people there. This is a business for them and have good place arranged for tourists.
These setups basically contain Rooms, Small Huts and Normal Hts made up of mud and soil arranged in two rows with wide space in middle which has arrangement for Bonfire and Kitchen on backside. The Tents are always outside and are nicely packed from all sides.
You might have to bargain a little but depending on where you stuay the package is from 900 per person to 5000 per person per night. The package should contain :
- The sunset at the sand dunes. You are taken to Sand dunes on Camel or Camel Cart.
- Folk dance and songs by locals.
- BonFire / Camp Fire.
- Dinner with Drinks ( Pay extra for this )
- Night stay at Hut / Tent in the Sand Dunes or in their local place.
- Next Morning Breakfast
The tents or huts which you take come with complete facility so don’t have to worry about it. The only problem with Tents that it might turn out to be very cold at night.
Sunset at Jaisalmer
This sunset was the most memorable one in my life, the magical change of color. All you see around you is sand and sun, though getting lost is fearful but natures beauty is stunning here. For watching the Sunset you will be taken to the dunes which is like 4 km away from the place where you lodged. Carry your camera or video recorder and water for sure.
Here is video of the Sunset which you will love to see !! and then few pictures. Make sure you reach to these dunes by 4 PM so you don’t miss the sunset which happens by 6.
Folk Dance and Songs :
Done with the Sunset you will be taken the same way you came here. At the lodge take some rest though by the time you reach it will be 7 and party will be on its edge to start. Get some change and relax to enjoy. Here is how the arrangement is made :
I talked about the big space between the rows of huts. Right on the border soft cushion beds will be placed with a small wooden chowki before you where you can keep snacks and drinks. Smoking is allowed also.
In between there is place arranged for campfire where dry woods are arranged and lighted up. The best part of this setup was the dim light around you, like candle light dinner. If you see right up its will be so dark you cannot see your hand. Loved it!!!
The folk songs starts first followed by a dance which is performed by local village girl. The dance is pretty decent so if you are going out with family you don’t have to worry about anything .
The people who perform this will pick few of you and show you how the dance is performed and in fact will teach you too. We became a part of it along with many Indian and Foreigners who were there. Here is a video of it. ( Since the light was pretty dim and we did not have flash bear with it )
Once the folk dance is over which will take like 2 to 3 hours, dinner is served which is typical Rajasthani Food and you will enjoy it for sure. There is no restriction that you will have to go and sleep but you can enjoy the complete night outside ut if you have a company do so. People who opt for getting into tents will be taken to the dunes and tents with Firecamp will be set for you. We did not opt for it and definitely missed it but next we go there we will be taking this up for sure.
Thats it!! If you are planning to go to the dunes you will enjoy it for sure. Good Luck.
Rajasthan Trip Travel Index
- Start [ Plan, Tips and Maps ]
- Visiting temples of Shyam Khatu and Salasar BalaJi
- Visiting temples of Rani Sati and Karni Mata
- Visiting temples of Bhairon Ji and Ramdevra
- Jaisalmer : The Golden City with a Mighty Fort [ Rajasthan ]
- The Amazing Museum inside Jaisalmer Fort
- Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer
- Mount Abu : Gateway to Wintery Rajasthan
- Udaipur, City of Lakes
- Nathdwara and Pushkar