One of the most unforgettable and enchanting experiences you can have in India is to ride through the rippling, windswept desert on camel back and camp out under the stars. Taking a camel safari will also give you the opportunity to witness the rustic, rural desert life of India. While the desert can be barren, it’s also surprisingly well populated.
Where Can You Go on a Camel Safari
The most popular place for camel safaris in India is in the desert surrounding Jaisalmer, in Rajasthan.
Great camel safaris can also be done around Bikaner, also in Rajasthan. Many companies will give you the option of choosing your route, so you can decide if you want to take the road less traveled, or the more touristy track. It’s also possible to go on a camel safari in the the alpine desert around Leh Ladakh, mainly in the Nubra Valley from Hundar to Diskit.
When to Go
The best time is during the cooler dry months, from September to March. After March, the desert becomes unbearably hot, and then the monsoon season starts. Camel safaris usually depart early in the morning to allow some distance to be covered, and a suitable camping spot to be found and set up, before dusk.
Camel Safari Packing List
Take only a very small day bag as it will have to be secured to the front of your saddle. You won’t need much and a large bag will get in the way.
Hat or something to cover your head and neck
Insect repellent (see how to avoid mosquito bites)
Torch / flashlight
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Small amount of cash for a tip
Jacket and extra clothes for cool mornings and evenings
Waterproof bag for cameras