As kids, playing in the sand always delighted us. This childhood entertainment is taken to a new level by means of Dune bashing in Rajasthan! Better known as desert safari, this is a form of off-roading, using an off-road vehicle to explore sand dunes of desert lands. Rajasthan is one of the most popular places for this adventure activity in India.
Experiencing the wide expanse of the desert, the ethereal magic of sunset and a lively Rajasthani entertainment makes for a splendid night to remember.
The enchanting journey through heritage, to Rajasthan:
Give a kick-start to your desert adventure activities at Jodhpur, a fort city situated at the verge of the Thar Desert. Drive to Jaisalmer to visit its extraordinary golden castle. Situated at a distance of 260 from Delhi and 240km from the beautiful city Agra, Jaipur is a busy capital city and a trade centre and is a perfect blend of modern metropolitan city with an old-age appeal that never ceases to attract the visitors. Called the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur catches the admiration of any visitor.
Jaipur is well-connected by air, rail and road from Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai but has only one international flight from Sanganer Airport, Jaipur to Dubai.
There is also special luxury train, the Palace on wheels, which starts from Delhi every Wednesday from September to April on a round trip of Rajasthan, the first stop being Jaipur. An extraordinary luxury train known as “ The palace on wheels” is also available and runs every Wednesday in the months of September-April for a round-trip of Rajasthan with Jaipur being the first stop.
Other Places of interest in Rajasthan:
Rajasthan is culturally oozing with age old forts, palaces and heritage. Ancient forts of Moti Dungri , Jagarh and Amer, and are expressive memorials of the belated era and a salvage of their sustained romance. These places can be visited while on a tour to Rajasthan.[flagallery gid=9 name=”dune bashing”]
The Sam Dunes:
The Sam dunes are the most charming spot around Jaisalmer, and possibly the whole of western Rajasthan. It is situated 42kms from the Jaisalmer amidst Thar desert. The Sam Sand dunes are a hot-spot for travelers because of multiple reasons. About Half a Km high, 1 kilometer wide and 3 kilometer long ,the dunes are picturesque but unreliable. The vegetation is scarce and the twirling air currents are as energetic as the sandspout in the Sahara desert. Sam dunes safari is must on a to-do list at jaisalmer.
The evening scenario with the splendid view of the sun set while listening to classical music instrument makes one feel that the time has stopped. If one wishes to enjoy the sounds and sights, the temples and the ruins, then it is advisable to go for an overnight trip. Sleeping in the open air with the cool breeze blowing across your hair, lying on the golden sand and looking at the beautiful sky is indeed a breathtaking experience.
During the desert festival, the Sam Dunes organizes a rocking light and sound show with dance give you memories that will never fade away and leave a long lasting impression on your mind. Immersed in a laid-back haze, the beautiful Sam sand dunes create engrossing and absorbing views. The winds draw patterns on the constantly drifting sand dunes.
Best time to visit Rajasthan:
The best times to visit Rajasthan would be during winter season. The months from November to April are ideal, with December and January the busiest months. And, this is the ideal time to do dune bashing in Rajasthan.
Dune Bashing in Dubai, UAE
Dune bashing is a popular sport in Dubai as well. Here, Dune Bashing is often called a “White H2O Rafting of a Desert” as well as it is really renowned in whole of United Arab Emirates. Dune Bashing in Dubai is an exciting adventure here.
While zooming down at an 80 degree drop from high sand dunes is a fab experience, try hot air ballooning and zip lining across the desert. Bungee jumping and even skydiving in deserts is a different experience altogether. Adventure sport organizers like Thrillophillia offer complete packages where you can enjoy each of these sports without any compromise.
All’s well that end’s well. But what happens if you are stranded in the middle of the desert and a wind raises sand in a swirl? Hence, before you embark on a dune bashing in Rajasthan, ensure you are well versed in how to survive a sandstorm. Carry enough water and towels to protect from the swirling sand. And stay calm. After all, deserts can give you real high thrills!