Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Done with the Jaisalmer Fort and the Museum its time for the promised Sand Dunes and if you haven’t seen once in your life, this is the best place to see and enjoy with sunset and Folk Dance at night. Dunes are nearby villages on the border. We went to a town called Khuri, which is almost 40 km from Jaisalmer City to visit the Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer.

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. It is a business for them and has the right place arranged for tourists.

 

Camel footprints on Sand

Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer

Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

  1. What are the living arrangements
  2. How much do Tents and Huts cost in Sand Dunes
  3. What kind of food they server in Sand Dunes
  4. Sunset on the Sand Dunes
  5. Folk Dance and Songs

1) What are the living arrangements in Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer?

Tents with complete facilties

These setups contain Rooms, Small Huts, and Normal huts. They are made up of mud and soil arranged in two rows with vast space in the middle, which has an arrangement for Bonfire and Kitchen on the backside. The Tents are always outside and tightly setup from all sides.

2) How much do Tents and Huts cost in Sand Dunes?

You might have to bargain a little bit depending on where you stay. The package is from 900 per person to 5000 per person per night. It should include:

  • The sunset at the dunes via Camera or Camel Cart.
  • Folk dance and songs showcase by the local people.
  • BonFire / Camp Fire.
  • Dinner with Drinks ( Pay extra for this )
  • Night stay at Hut / Tent in the Sand Dunes or their local place.
  • Next Morning Breakfast

The tents or huts which you take come with the 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.

3) 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, natures beauty is stunning here. For watching the Sunset, you will have to go to the dunes, which are like 4 km away from the place where you lodged. Carry your camera or video recorder and water for sure.

Here is a video of the Sunset which you will love to see !! and then a few pictures. Make sure you reach to these dunes by 4 PM, so you don’t miss the sunset which happens by 6.

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4) Folk Dance and Songs

Done with the Sunset, you will go back the same way you came here. At the hut/tent take some rest. Though by the time you reach it will be 7 and the party will be on its edge to start. Get some change and relax to enjoy.  Here is how the arrangement:

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 also allowed.

Night party in mid of desert

Night party in mid of desert

In between, there is a place arranged for a campfire where dry woods are arranged and lighted up. The best part of this setup was the dim light around you, like candlelight dinner. If you see right up its will be so dark you cannot see your hand.  Loved it!!!

BonFire

BonFire

The folk songs start first followed by a dance which is performed by a local village girl. The dance is pretty decent, so if you are going out with family, you don’t have to worry about anything.

Local dancer and singers

Local dancer and singers

The people who perform this will pick a few of you and show you how to dance like them 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 entire night outside ut if you have a company do so. People who opt for getting into tents will travel to the dunes and shelters 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.

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About Shweta Mohta

A housewife with a passion for travel, maps and India. She loves to find new places to visit, map the directions and can talk on, So you get smoother experience to Travel in India.

2 comments

  1. Have seen photographs and video of Sand dunes which are really nice
    and I felted that I am also present there personally. I am visiting
    Sand dunes in Jau 2011. If not inconvenient would like to know the
    place where should I book a good accommodation

  2. Have seen photographs and video of Sand dunes which are really nice
    and I felted that I am also present there personally. I am visiting
    Sand dunes in Jau 2011. If not inconvenient would like to know the
    place where should I book a good accommodation

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