Best Places for Camping in Rajasthan – Desert Camps

Rajasthan offers the opportunity to recreate your own fairy tale. While camping is a surreal experience, desert camping in Rajasthan is truly an experience of a lifetime. Experience the gypsy life in the Thar Desert. Sleep in tents amid endless golden sands.

Go for dune bashing on a 4X4 SUV or ride the camels. Spend nights under the starlit skies warming yourself by the bonfire. Delightful folklore, dance and music of the desert adds to the experience. In this blog we will take a look at some of the best places for camping in desert of Rajasthan which include Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Pushkar and Ranthambore etc.

Here are the Best places for Camping in Desert of Rajasthan


1. Jaisalmer

Referred to as the Golden city, Jaisalmer is a bustling city on the brink of the Thar Desert. The landscape makes you believe in the fables of the bygone era. It is a prominent place when you think of touring the desert circuit. With vast stretches of sand dunes, the place lets you experience desert camping.

Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer is the idyllic location to set off for the Desert Safari. Embark on safari on camel back or the jeep that would take you along the dunes. Take a ride during the late afternoon so that you could watch the picturesque sunset in the desert.

Tip: Jaisalmer celebrates a Desert festival organized in the months of February and March. Book holiday packages for Jaisalmer around this time so you would not want to miss the folk dances, camel races and other cultural events.

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2. Jodhpur

Jodhpurfounded by Rao Jodha, the leader of the Rajput clan, is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Bordered by the Thar Desert, Osian is a town in the Jodhpur district which is the most famous and popular place for desert camping and camel safaris in Rajasthan. Escape the cities and experience desert life.

The desert camps in Osian replicate the days of the Rajputana era. The colorful camps look like a carnival. All modern amenities have been appropriately fitted in the tented lodgings. Embark on the desert on the back of a camel or a jeep. The evenings are full of folk music and dance with traditional dinner. Re-live your very own version of an Arabian night.

Tip: Jodhpur is one of the most charming places for camping in Rajasthan that offers cultural extravaganza through festivals. Make sure to plan your vacation during the time of the festive season. Apart from camping, do not forget to catch the view of the city from the forts.


3. Pushkar

In the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, Pushkar is blessed with an unspoiled stretch of sand dunes. The town is synonymous with a camel fair. The ancient town of Pushkar is one of the best places in the state to enjoy desert camping. The town, apart from its sandy landscape, is known for Pushkar Lake and the only temple of Lord Brahma.

Experience rural life in the sand dunes. Camel safari adds to the fantastic experience of exploring the desert state’s sandy tracks and remote villages.

Tip: If you are thinking of a Pushkar trip, make your plans during the Pushkar fair. The desert landscape takes on the appearance of a carnival every year during November during the occasion of the full moon night of the Hindu month of Kartik.


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4. Ranthambore

Ranthambore is known for its incredible wildlife, but its fantastic opportunity of desert camping in Rajasthan is a secret. Situated at the Vindhyas and the Aravalli juncture, the terrain is covered in sandy dunes and patches of green and rugged hilltops. Camp in the wild sandy landscape. Embark on an adventure in the wilderness. Surfing the sand dunes is equally exciting.

Ranthambore is renowned for sheltering Indian tigers. The terrain is also known for leopards, langurs, marsh crocodiles, deer, wild boars, etc. To see all these animals in their natural habitat, safari is the best option. Opt for camping in Ranthambore, as it is a perfect way to experience the bliss of nature in Rajasthan.

Tip: If you are choosing Ranthambore for your camping in Rajasthan, make sure to explore the wildlife of Ranthambore. You will have to book your ticket for a safari in advance. And you will also get the chance to select the zone for your safari experience.

What is the best Time to Go?

The Thar Desert area experiences scorching climatic conditions during summers; therefore, winters are the best time to go camping in the desert of Rajasthan. On the other hand, the season between October and March is an ideal time to visit Rajasthan. The weather is pleasant during this period, and is the occasion of many festivals celebrating the stark landscape.

What is so special?

Camping in Rajasthan is an unforgettable experience for anyone! The sand dunes are perfect for rejuvenating your mind and soul. Enjoy the stillness of the desert. Spend the night gazing at the stars. Enjoy traditional folk performances with haunting music flowing with the winds. Spend a pleasant vacation in the landscape of the golden dunes. Delight yourself in the warm welcome and hospitality of the local crowd.

Experience the nomadic life. Stay in the middle of sand dunes in make-shift camps. The campsites are usually canvas tents, which have excellent facilities for your comfort. The star-studded sky and cool desert breeze are unrivaled ambiances for relaxing. Folk performances of music and dance create the setting while you can savor delectable Rajasthani dishes feeling like royalty.

Riding on a camel back through the shifting sand dunes is something that you would never like to miss. To acquaint yourself with desert life, camel safaris are the best means. Explore the sight of the remotest areas of the desert. Get familiar with not just the natural beauty but the lifestyle. Additionally, get to experience nomadic lives.

The gypsy community has a plethora of arts & crafts, folk music & dance,, and a culture that sustains in the challenging conditions of the desert. In fact, the Kalbelia traditions find its place on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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Vishal Chauhan

Vishal Chauhan is a procrastinator and a self appointed philosopher who likes to pen his randomly awesome thoughts. Although his chief interests are travel and health, Vishal is an expert commentator on Kashmir tourism and has a thing for mountains.