Experience An Authentic Camel Safari In The Jaisalmer Desert
On our recent travels throughout India, one of the main highlights and most memorable of all was taking an overnight Camel Safari in Jaisalmer. We opted for a real Thar Desert Overnight Jaisalmer Camel Safari Camping Adventure with Ba’s Camel Safari.
A unique and very special small family run Camel Safari in the Thar Desert.
Our Jaisalmer Desert Overnight Camel Safari
Hotel Mirage Host Mr. Ba
During our stay in Jaisalmer, we booked a room right inside the Old Jaisalmer Fort, at the quaint Hotel Mirage. Our host Mr. Ba, pictured above with me, also runs a unique and very special Camel Safari Adventure with his Uncle Abai.
This camel safari departs from the desert village where Ba is from and where Abai still lives with his family.
What a great choice it turned out to be, and one of the most memorable experiences we had during our seven week travels throughout India!
Overnight Camel Safari & Desert Camping
Ba organizes a variety of camel safari adventures from a pleasant sunset evening safari to ones that last several days depending on what you would like.
Reviewing Our Jaisalmer Camel Safari Adventure
We definitely wanted to spend the evening out in the desert camping overnight under the stars. After touring many of the major cities in Rajasthan, we were ready for some peace and quiet out in the desert!
An Amazing Experience On This Overnight Jaisalmer Camel Safari
After arriving at Mr. Ba’s village, you are greeted by his Uncle Abai, where we enjoyed a nice cup of hot chai tea and got to mingle with the kids in their village before departing on our camels into the desert.
After a nice ride on your own camel, just long enough where you’re ready for a stretch, you reach Abai’s overnight camping spot on the sand dunes.
As Abai and his young nephew prepared camp and dealt with the camels for overnight, my son and I enjoyed walking on the soft sand dunes watching the sun begin to set on the desert!
Jaisalmer Camel Safari – The True Desert of India
After experiencing the hectic sights and sounds of Delhi and other large cities throughout Rajasthan, it was almost surreal to be out in the desert without hearing the daily city life of honking horns, cars and other loud noises we had experienced during our first weeks in India.
To sit on the dunes and watch the sun setting over the horizon in absolute peace and quiet was simply amazing!
Dinner is prepared over a simple campfire as you enjoy conversation with your host Abai and watch how he easily prepares and cooks your veg dinner over the open fire.
If you enjoy any alcoholic beverages (beer, wine) then be sure to pack them along with you or get your jeep driver to stop along the way to the desert.
We stopped on route at a roadside village for a couple of large bottles of beer that went down quite nicely with our meal!
Authentic Cook Out And Camping In The Open Desert
After dinner and chatting with Ba about desert life, your comfortable bed in the sand dunes is prepared for you. Abai prepares the sand in a way that keeps your body heat in and with a very heavy blanket to put on top to keep you cozy and warm throughout the cool desert evening.
As luck had it for us, this was the night of the Super Moon, making it very bright out for the entire evening. How great to spend a wonderful quiet evening under the stars in the desert in India!
After sunrise in the morning, you awake to see Abai already at the campfire with hot chai tea to start your morning. A nice breakfast of eggs, toast and fruit is served by the fire to start your day. The camels are then packed and readied for your journey back to the village.
Upon your return, your jeep and driver are waiting to take you back to the Jaisalmer. What a wonderful and very special, unforgettable experience in the desert spent with this man and his young nephew.
This is Real Camping in the Desert! 🙂
If you have to have a sit down restaurant style table meal and comfortable Glamping tents, then this is not for you. But if you’re like us, and looking to experience a real overnight desert camping experience that’s truly something unique and special, then this is your ticket! I definitely recommend booking with Mr Ba and his Hotel Mirage Camel Safaris.
This really was one of the best and unforgettable adventures of our entire 7 week travels throughout India!
The Hotel Mirage in Historic Jaisalmer Fort
As mentioned above, Mr Ba runs The Hotel Mirage which is located right inside the Old Fort. It is ideally located beside the Maharaja Palace and the Jain Temple.
How special and convenient it was to stay directly inside the Fort during our time in Jaisalmer. Highly recommended for another unique experience!
About Your Camel Safari Host
Ba is a true desert man like his uncle, coming from their desert village named Barna, where your camel adventure will depart from. For many years he worked as a camel safari guide for others.
In 2012, he ventured on his own to run his hotel and safari adventures. His wonderful personality and generosity has certainly contributed to his success with his business. During our time with him, he did everything he could to help make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
He has a lovely tiny restaurant at the hotel serving a variety of home cooked meals. His mixed fruit porridge in the morning was excellent!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Mirage and were thrilled to take his overnight camel safari, that I highly recommend to all. For more detailed information on his Hotel and Safari adventure, I have listed a link to his official website below for your convenience.
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
A Big Thanks to Mr. Ba and The Hotel Mirage Camel Safaris for hosting our overnight Camel Safari on our recent visit to Jaisalmer, India. All content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.
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