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1. Posted by angela g. (Inactive 19 posts) 10y

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hello!

we are travelling in rajasthan right now and would like to do a camel safari. the question is, bikaner or jaisalmer?? can anyone recommend something?? thank you!

ps: i dont want any replies from indian travel agencies, please!!

2. Posted by holidayind (Inactive 1 posts) 10y

Hi There

What you can do is to enjoy the camel safari in Jaisalmer instead of Bikaner. Bikaner has the biggest Camel breeding farm though but no sand dunes where you can enjoy the camel safari. There are a lot of handlers in Jaisalmer who can help you with a camel safari. But 1 thing that will miss if you don't visit Bikaner is Deshnok temple. To your surprise it is full of rats. People worship rats there. And I am sure you would'nt like to miss that.

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Cheers
Sachin

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3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

mmmm... post #2 sounded an aweful lot like an Indian tour agent that you asked not to hear from.
However, he did give good advice I think. Though I don't have any personal experience with Bikaners camel safaris, I did do one in Jaisalmer and thoroughly enjoyed it. The dunes were great and there were countless options for tour companies to go with. Definelty do a three day trip so that you can sleep on the dunes a couple nights.
But Bikaner is still worth going to, and as #2 said, the Rat Temple is very interesitng. I also liked Bikaner because with the lack of tourists, it had a slightly more authentic atmostphere than many towns in Rajasthan.

4. Posted by lukeg1980 (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Degolasse,

How much roughly was the camel safari you did? I understand that it was some time ago however a figure would be great. Is it best to sign up to one from a larger city or head to the dersert and sign up with a local? Do you need to cary anything special?

Are they run all year round?

Thanks

Luke

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

Hey Luke,
Sorry, I honeslty can't remember even roughly how much I payed for the camel safari. There are so many travel agents in Jaisalmer that book them that you can definetly shop around and find the best deal. I would say your best bet is to book in the town instead of going out to a small village and finding a local. I'm not even sure how practicle or easy that is. I figure in town with proper travel agents they have some idea what tourists want and you might be a better trip out of it. One thing to make sure about is how big your group is. Its nice to have a small group of people to add a little fun and company to your trip, but if it's too big it might ruin it.
As far as what to bring - if there is anything you need like a sleeping bag, the travel agent will usually supply it. Make sure you work that into your bargaining. When I was there is was about 30 degrees at night so we didn't need much cover when sleeping on the dunes (other than to protect you from sand), but depending on when you go, I suppose it could get pretty chilly out there at night. Also, I can't remember what we did for water (I think that they supplied a few bottles a day for us), but make sure you have enough and that somehow you will be able to get it while in the desert.