Thar Desert & Jodhpur - Blue City

#1 May 17th, 2015, 23:17
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I am currently spending 3 months in India and working my way around the country in a clock-wise direction. I'm on somewhat of a budget. I am currently in Hampi and go to Goa in a few days.

I would like to visit the Rajasthan area. My 2 main reasons are Jodhpur - the blue city and the Thar desert. Antone have any suggestions about seeing these 2 locations? are they close by or other ends from each other. Anyone been to the Thar desert? is it expensive? will i have to hire 4X4 and/or guides etc?

Thanks in advance.
#2 May 17th, 2015, 23:26
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The Thar desert extends from approximately the due north point of Rajasthan till the south-west corner. The desert surrounds or abuts upon the cities of Bikaner, Nagaur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. So if you plan on visiting the blue city, you'd be very close to it anyhow.

The desert is not uniform though - there are lots of trees (acacia and juliflora being common) so I suspect the image you may have in mind about the desert is of the shifting sand dunes?

If so, your best bet is to be on a camel safari either ex-Jodhpur or ex-Jaisalmer or ex-Bikaner, the three major desert cities. Be aware that sahara like dunes that Hollywood glamorizes are few and can be seen only by riding for a day or so ex-Jaisalmer. In most other places, there are some shrubs in the photo frame
#3 May 17th, 2015, 23:57
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Take a look at the trip organised by the Durag Niwas Guest House in Jodhpur. We did it three years back. Not expensive and we really enjoyed it.

See more here and
#4 May 18th, 2015, 17:45
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Great info there from both of you. Thanks.

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