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#1 Jul 29th, 2014, 02:44
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How long would you devote to the city of Jaisalmer, and would you consider taking a camel trek as part of this if you only had a short time?

I'm particularly wondering whether we should embark on a 'sunset safari' or an overnight trip into the desert from Jaisalmer.

We probably won't have time to go further south to the other jump off point into the desert that I've heard good things about, Khuri. However if we did is this a substantially more enjoyable experience than going into the desert directly from Jaisalmer?
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Khuri is great, really clean dunes and if you go with Badal Singh (who is a super guy) you will get a quiet spot to camp...we went out in the late afternoon with a big group that needed to come straight back at 7:00 am the next morning, so this is not a problem, but we had a super "tour" around the dunes and villages as we had more time, still got back before lunch. They can arrange whatever you like.
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Khuri is the place. Badal Singh is the man. Substantially more enjoyable than from Jaiselmer.
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I spent 3 nights in Jaisalmer and that was plenty for me. If you like adventure and camping etc then you'd enjoy the camel safari. I did a sunset safari over 4 hours including transport and food and 2 hours on the camel and that was more then enough for me. I was terrified, and even if I stayed overnight you wouldn't have got me back on it.
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But, Darmabum, is it substantially more difficult to get to Khuri and try a camel trek? I'm assuming given my time constraints as detailed elsewhere this isn't possible in a short time.
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I agree with Fing Fang. I spent 4 days in Jaisalmer during Desert Fest this year and I thought it one day too long. Should have spent an extra day in Jodphur, Pushkar, or Jaipur.
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"Substantially more difficult" is up for interpretation It involves getting on a bus in Jaiselmer and riding for several hours. My own response was largely given in that the experience between a "sunset ride" out of Jaiselmer and an overnight mini-camel-trek in Khuri is not comparable, really. With tight timelines such as yours, there'll always be conflicts. Mine was merely to offer what I feel is the best experience possible. As you are not in India yet, and as some of your fine-tuning was still being done, I felt there was time to tally the votes, declare a winner For each of us that goes to India, regardless of the amount of time we have, we're all going to miss something . . . and that being said, I've never made a bad turn in India. It's an endlessly fascinating place. I wish you the best with your decisions
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And...you should try for quality of experience....this is one of them, trust us...

It is cheap and easy to get a car out to Khuri, that is what I would do on a tight time frame...I showed up at 3:00 pm and by 4:00 pm I was out with a group on the dunes for a fantastic overnight...

Ditto everything Darmabum has to say!

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Originally Posted by Darmabum View Post "Substantially more difficult" is up for interpretation It involves getting on a bus in Jaiselmer and riding for several hours. My own response was largely given in that the experience between a "sunset ride" out of Jaiselmer and an overnight mini-camel-trek in Khuri is not comparable, really. With tight timelines such as yours, there'll always be conflicts. Mine was merely to offer what I feel is the best experience possible. As you are not in India yet, and as some of your fine-tuning was still being done, I felt there was time to tally the votes, declare a winner For each of us that goes to India, regardless of the amount of time we have, we're all going to miss something . . . and that being said, I've never made a bad turn in India. It's an endlessly fascinating place. I wish you the best with your decisions
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Well thanks to you both, you've definitely given me food for thought!

You're right, now is the time to decide as, due to train bookings, I need to decide everything in advance rather than vary my plan once there.
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We've visited Jaisalmer twice. The first time, about 10 years ago, we had to leave early due to a change in flights further down the road.

We returned this year. Enjoyed it (much) more this time staying in the fort. Three nights should be plenty - two OK - but why make such a long trip for just 2? Camel safari? We avoided it. It didn't look very comfortable and all I could think of is getting hurt (which I often do in India) and suffering for the rest of a very long trip. Mind you, I love camels - see our avatar, and yet I still declined the camel ride, thank you very much.

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