Fodor's Expert Review Sam Sand Dunes

Jaisalmer and Environs Nature Sight

No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a visit to this photographer's feast. Although the dunes have become somewhat touristy in recent years, with hawkers of all sorts dotting the sand, their wind-carved ripples still create fantastic mirages, and it's still a magical place to be. Many famous Hindi films were shot here. Expect some amount of heckling from persistent camel owners and girls offering to dance or sing for you, but don't let it put you off staying for the sunset, which is often spectacular.

A peculiar sort of peace descends on the dunes in the late evening, when the icy cold desert wind begins to blow, and this is the most enjoyable part of the dunes experience. Note there are no hotels here, but there are a few permanent camps, for which you need to book in advance; otherwise you must return to Jaisalmer at night. In summer or monsoon the going can be tough---heat, rain, sandstorms---but still try and take in the dunes.

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Jaisalmer, Rajasthan  India

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