Camel safari is an exciting way to explore the mirages and the landscapes of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan located in Northwestern India. This is an unconventional safari ride on the "Ship of the Desert" apart from the common jeep and elephant safaris in forests. Started a decade back, the camel safari is fast catching up its popularity due to the variety of safari packages offered, that may last for few hours or couple of weeks depending upon the demand and the enthusiasm of the tourists. These camel safaris pass through the different arid regions of the desert showing the landscapes, temples, exotic wild life crossing some colorful villages and cities. All sorts of comfort that includes rest in camps, delicious Rajasthani meals etc. are provided by the safari owners.
Safari in Bikaner
Bikaner is an important desert city in Rajasthan with deserts stretching over thousands of kilometers and magnificent old palaces singing the glory of the past. The city is found in the 18th century by Rao Bhikaji, a descendant of the founder of the Jodhpur city. Due to its rich and colorful heritage, Bikaner attracts lots of tourists and the Camel safari adding adventure and charm to them.
The camel safari starts by visiting the adjoining hamlets and the Karini Mata temple in Deshnok. The temple is magnificently built and is the abode of rats which are considered to be sacred.
The villages are dominated by the Bishnoi community who are famous for their crusade for animal protection and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this noble mission. So, on the safari one comes across exotic varieties of wild life like Desert fox, Antelopes, deer, peacocks, blue cow, beautiful birds and desert serpents as well.
The safari is led by experienced local guides and with their sturdy built structures sporting admirable moustaches and the giant colorful turbans tied on their heads, they represent a Rajasthani culture which is a subject to be explored. The villagers lay out their colorfully designed handicrafts to please the visitors which are also a source of income. As the sun sets over the horizon, the rays spread over the desert presenting a photogenic view. The evenings are spent under starlit nights in comfortable camps entertained by the local Rajasthani folks with their music and dance.
The camel safari treads on visiting the historical Junagarh Fort and Gajner Palace and Wild life sanctuary that houses the famous Chinkara, Nilgai etc. The safari reaches the Lalgarh Palace which is made out of sandstone with its intricate designs and filigree work. The Bandeshwar and the Sandeshwar Temples are worth visiting Jain Temples adorned by gold leaf, mirrors and beautiful murals.
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