Top 5 Desert Safari Destinations in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is the most popular tourist destination and is famous for its heritage and royal tourism. Rajasthan is not about cities, it is about deserts. Famous Thar Desert in Rajasthan and is known for its endless sheets of shimmering sand. The Great Indian desert bounds almost 70% of the landmass of Rajasthan and hence it is popularly known as “Desert State of India”. The desert clasps the districts of Bikaner, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaisalmer.
Thar desert is spread across the western part of India and few southeastern parts of Pakistan. Thar desert covers approximately 446000 sq.km and is covered by Sutlej River in the north-west, Rann of Kutch in the south, Aravali mountains in the east and Indus river in the west.
Here are the top 5 desert destinations in Rajasthan:
Jaisalmer is situated close to Pakistan border and had 1000 years old desert city and is the famous city of tourist attraction. Due to its bounteous golden dunes flowing in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is also known as ‘golden city’.
Maharwal Gadsi Singh builds a dam 600 years ago to make the city green. Many tourists from Germany, France and North America often visit this place to see Patwon Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer Fort or Golden fort and Gadisar lake and famous Jaisalmer desert safari. Reach the Jaisalmer by travelling through the Palace on Wheels Rajasthan.
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Pushkar is a city of culture and intellect and is often referred to as ‘rose garden of Rajasthan’. The only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world is located in Pushkar. It a calm and spiritual place which attracts tourists all over the world.
The annual camel fair which will be held from 7th to 17th November is famous in Pushkar. Two famous temples Varah Temple which is dedicated to the 3rd incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Mahadev temple which is popular for unique shivalinga makes this city a holy one.
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Jodhpur is well known as “Gateway to Thar” and is famous for Mehrangarh Fort. It is the 2nd largest city in Rajasthan and apart from the fort, there are many famous temples, shopping streets and lakes. Jodhpur allows you to spend the day trekking on rocky mountain slopes and adventure in the desert in Rajasthan.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is the ultimate destination which is turned into the castle turned hotel that one should not miss in Jodhpur. The other major tourist attractions are the small town of Mandore, Kaylana Lake and Balsamand Lake.
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Bikaner is the desert town of ‘Camel Festival’ and is located in the middle of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is well known as the “Travellers heaven and cultural paradise”.
The city is famous for camels sauntering, beautiful sand dunes and ancient forts and palaces. Bikaner namkeen factory and Laxmi Niwas Palace are the must-visit places in Bikaner. Laxmi Niwas Palace is once a residential place of Maharaja of Rajasthan and it is now turned into a hotel.
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Khimsar is a small village in Rajasthan and is ideal for the relaxed weekend especially in winter. Nagaur Festival is famous here and the best time to visit this place is from November to February.
Leisure activities like Campfires, camel safaris on the sand dunes and folk dances during night time will attract many tourists. It is located in the edge of the Thar desert and is famous for magnificent fort khimsar and golden sand dunes.
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