2.5 days in and around Jodhpur

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Hi,

We're travelling to Jodhpur next weekend and have 2.5 days (arrive Saturday around 1pm, leave Tuesday morning). Except for at least 1 day of sightseeing in Jodhpur on Monday, we want to get some desert experience. We have a hotel for Sunday through Tuesday, so it's just the Saturday/Sunday that we have to plan out. What is the best way to do this? I've had two ideas in mind:

1) Go to Jaisalmer.
Since we're too late for public transport we thought about booking a cab that picks us up from the airport on Saturday and takes us straight to Jaisalmer on Saturday, such that we reach Jaisalmer before sunset. Is this reasonable? Can anyone tell me the road conditions, travel time, and estimated cab costs for Jodhpur-Jaisalmer?

2) Go to a desert resort near Jodhpur.
Although Jaisalmer seems to be one of the most worthwhile trips in Rajasthan, it seems like we're wasting one whole afternoon (Saturday) for travel, and we have only one day in Jaisalmer - barely enough to see either the desert or some forts in the city. We also miss two evenings because of travelling. Therefore, would it be better to stay in and around Jodhpur for 2.5 days and get some desert experience there? I've looked into some resorts, namely Osiyan and Manvar seems to be most interesting.

I'm looking for something like this:
http://www.rajasthan-trip.net/images...0rajasthan.jpg
A 2 hour camel ride and - if it's reasonable in terms of price and accommodation conditions - possibly an overnight stay to enjoy sunset in the desert.

Can anyone recommend me what the better choice would be - Jaisalmer or Jodhpur? And can anyone tell me which resort gives the best sand dunes experience, as in, the real desert?

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Have you checked the Desert safari offered by Durag Niwas?

A few members have good feedback about them. Read http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...7/#post1398653
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Hey aarosh, thanks for your reply. No, I haven't looked into them, I'll call them up tomorrow morning and ask for details.

Anyone else having different ideas? We're pretty much fixed on the "desert near to Jodhpur" idea now. A friend of mine just told me that he stayed in the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer without any tent or such - just blankets. How is that even possible? What about snakes, mosquitos and the like? Does anyone know of any tour operator who offers something like that? Or anything like that - we're just looking for a real nice Rajasthani desert experience...
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We did the Durag Niwas Thar Desert excursion. It lasts about 24 hours from leaving the hotel to getting back. We slept on a charpoy in the courtyard and watched shooting stars till we fell asleep. The other options were to sleep on the roof, in a thatched hut or in the house.

For us it was brilliant.
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Hm, this looks indeed nice, but not really like this:

http://www.indiamike.com/india/rajas...dunes-t172561/

I'm in doubt again, it seems as if around Osian camp you won't get this and you really need to go to Jaisalmer to Khuri/Sam to see the real sand dunes :/ I don't want something that looks semi-desert or steppe, I'm looking for a real desert with sand dunes. Anyone ever done something like this around Jodhpur or is it absolutely necessary to go to Jaisalmer to see this?

Also, could a mod move this to the Rajasthan forum - sorry, I feel like this is misplaced here, all the threads I've been reading that are related to this can be found in the Rajasthan forum.
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Originally Posted by hikingaddict View Post I'm in doubt again, it seems as if around Osian camp you won't get this and you really need to go to Jaisalmer to Khuri/Sam to see the real sand dunes :/ I don't want something that looks semi-desert or steppe, I'm looking for a real desert with sand dunes.
I suppose you imply that you'd like to see naked, moving dunes sans any vegetation of any kind. Then Jaisalmer is indeed your best bet though jodhpur is distinctly possible as well. If you choose Jaisalmer, you'd do well to do a longer safari (3 hours+ or overnight) as parts of sam are very dirty now with leftover garbage (plastic). Remember that between Pokaran and Jaisalmer as well there're large tracts where you'd see lots of vegetation, so the romantic image of arabian night like desert is just that - an image. moving dunes are formed under specific circumstances and are usually away from the highways.

I've grown up in Rajasthan and hence am not a fan of sand at all, so I wont go in depth here. Do a bit of googling with 'moving dunes' + jodhpur and you should be able to find a place that suits you. Here's an example: Look at this report: http://www.google.com/imgres?q=movin...9,r:1,s:0,i:75
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Thank you, very helpful!

We want to do overnight for sure, and it should not be in the city. For example, I found some camel camp trips to the desert which seem to be not in the desert at all (you can hear street noise in your tent at night). That's not what we're looking for. Also, 3+ hours is fine, I just think that for us everything beyond 3-4 hours might be painful as we've never done a long camel ride.

That report is actually from the Sam sand dunes, and as I understand they are west of Jaisalmer. But as you said, there might be some sand dunes (or more correctly moving dunes) around Osian as well. It's just so difficult to make the right booking... that's why I'm searching for more advice here.

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