Sam Sand Dunes is a must visit in the state of Rajasthan in the environs of the city of Jaisalmer. It is likely that you are going for a Desert Safari when planning to visit Thar Desert or else, the point of going there is useless, making the Sam Sand Dunes an increasing major tourist attraction of the city.
Although it is said many times that Jaisalmer is the best time of the day to go there is before sunsets at around 4-6 PM or in the wee hours of the morning at 4-6 AM, before the sun rises. Most of the visitors are in jeep loads coming from Jaisalmer who are being chased by stubborn camel owners for a ride with fees, children dancing on the street dressed up in a local outfit, and little children and even young guys who sell soft drinks to quench the thirst.
The place has become very touristy over the years; many want to experience the desert during sunsets and sunrise, which is some sort of being in a carnival atmosphere than any other. But there are still some glorious piece in this part of the world that have not yet been touched by so many travelers which are still yet to be revealed to the rest of the world. Sam Sand Dunes will always be an important journey to experience Jaisalmer and Rajasthan as a whole.
A view on Sam Sand Dunes by Lonely Planet
A rare desert area which lies just in the edge of Jaisalmer Desert National Park and is also rated as top 10 must see tourist destinations in Rajasthan by Lonely Planet & Tripadvisor, Sam Sand Dunes are a simply amazing. These dunes are 42-45 Kms away from the golden city (Jaisalmer) and has a nice sealed non-bumpy road which is maintained by Indian Arm forces.
If you ask me, these sand dunes are the very much similar to Sahara desert. The best time to visit these dunes is either sunset (around 4-7 PM) or sunrise (4-6 AM). There are many other activities which once can enjoy like these dunes have many locals who offer camel safari & jeep safari.
Plus there are many desert camp owners who offer Swiss tents and mud cottages just next to Sam dunes. Here once can enjoy special Rajasthani musical and dance program & by night can have dinner prepared by these camps (both veg and non veg.
And if you are a keen observer of desert then let me also suggest you to shoot some images of desert dung beetle who collects camel dung twice their size.
Despite all these, Jaisalmer isn’t a solo traveler destination or a place where you are like the only person alone in th sand. From the month of October to December, Sam dunes have many domestic and foreign tourists (in good numbers) but still these dunes will offer you space to frame images of vast desert, locals welcoming you at camps, safari vendors following you for a paid camel ride etc.
I will say that Sam dunes in India’s winter is an amazing destination and the best way to judge this point is by exploring these dunes your self.
Camping: The Rajasthani Experience
Majority of the travelers prefer to visit the Sam Sand Dunes for a day excursion coming from Jaisalmer, others joining in some camel safaris. There are a lot of camp owners who are offering mud cottages and Swiss tents to tourists. The camp is an exciting way to experience amazing sunsets on the horizon. Bonfires are always an important aspect of the trip where everyone can learn and enjoy the Rajasthani music and dance as well as dinner which is prepared by the camp operators that are either vegetarian or non vegetarian for both the local and international guests. There are also some stray of tea shops and restaurants around the dunes for day trippers to enjoy.
At night, it is a must that travelers get to experience laying in the sand and do stargazing. The place is not populous; there are not enough engines to cause smog in the air, so the chance of seeing stars at night is definitely high.
The best time to visit is during festivals
During the months of October to December is when many tourists drove in the Sam Sand Dunes in very good numbers which cannot cause less enjoyment for each traveler because of the wide space of the Thar Desert. The Sam Sand Dunes is perhaps is most enjoyable during the winter season in India when the heat plummets to its lowest point in a year to explore the dunes even farther.
The whole place becomes some sort of a cultural hub during the months of February and March. The showcase of the Rajasthani culture in general is the yearly organized Desert Festival where extravaganzas such as camel races, folk dance presentations, puppet shows, and competitions to mark the annual celebration held with splendor and display.