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Old 13th December 2007, 01:52   #1
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Default Want to see desert and sand dunes

Hi guys,
The deepest I have been in Rajasthan is Jaipur. Unfortunately it was very much like Haryana. Just fields and some barren area. No movie style sand dunes. What I mean is sand everywhere the eye can see?
So we are thinking of going somewhere there there are proper sand dunes.
The criteria
1. Drivable from Delhi - 8 hours max would be great
2. Lots of sand, proper dunes
3. Nice places to stay
4. Good roads
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Your answer is Jaisalmer. You'll get to see the sand dunes and the desert. Actually, the desert starts from Jaisalmer. Following is a pic I clicked of the sand dunes from a village 40 kms from Jaisalmer:


There are two routes you can take.
1: Delhi - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Pokharan - Jaisalmer.
2: Delhi - Jaipur (there is a bypass, so you won't have to go into the jaipur city) - Bikaner - Pokharan - Jaisalmer.

I covered the first route in 5 days so don't know how much time should it take in one go. While coming back it took me 13 hours from Jaisalmer to Noida (Left at 11:00am and reached at 12:00am), which should be less if you leave early in the morning.
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How good are the roads? Can you point me to a decent place to stay(not too expensive, but safe and nice) in Jaisalmer?
I reckon that the second route is shorter?
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Yeah.. Jaisalmer is the correct answer !! A cheapish place to stay would be the RTDC hotel there.. But be aware that you'll find sand dunes inside the hotel lobby also !!

Also, don't miss out on the camel ride to the middle of nowhere and the campfire side folk music and dance program. This was featured in the "Best of India" in the last India Today edition and rightly so -> India Today - The most widely read newsweekly in South Asia.
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Sam which is 40 kms from Jaisalmer is the land of sand dunes. You can stay in tent resorts there. Some travel agents organise camel safaris from Jaisalmer to Sam. Sam is also a great place to watch sun set, and very popular with movie folk for dance scenes! Lots of budget hotels in Jaisalmer which is a good base. To travel from Dehi, ideally, drive via Jodhpur and Pokhran.
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Can we see the site of the nuclear test at pokhran, or its a restricted area?
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Can somebody post a city by city detailed route please?
Some driving time markers would be nice too.
The car will be an indica capable of 160kmph on downward inclines with a 200kmph tailwind. Normally top speed would be restricted to 120kmph.

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Sam which is 40 kms from Jaisalmer is the land of sand dunes. You can stay in tent resorts there.
it will be tough staying for night in tent(unless you are dead drunk) cos we are not habitual of it and it gets very cold at night.

so go there enjoy the camel safari and watch the sunset(best part) and come back to the hotel in night
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Can we see the site of the nuclear test at pokhran, or its a restricted area?
Pokhran town is the junction between the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer and Bikaner-Jaislamer roads. I was told that the N-site is around 30 kms in the interior (south side, I think) and still a restricted area. Pokhran itself has an ancient fort and a good RTDC hotel.
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And I guess there isn't much to see in Pokhran.. probably a big hole in the ground.

We had gone in 2004.. Road stretches are pretty good.. We saw army tanks being transported using tank carriers. If I remember correctly, the road deteriorates just before you enter/leave Jodhpur..
Jodhpur also has a nice fort.
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Find a budget airline and fly to Dubai. Spend a weekend here, see desert, have fun. I'll take care of it personally.
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Find a budget airline and fly to Dubai. Spend a weekend here, see desert, have fun. I'll take care of it personally.
Thanks . Will do that sometime, right now in severe severe budget mode to finance some big things
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How good are the roads? Can you point me to a decent place to stay(not too expensive, but safe and nice) in Jaisalmer?

my frnds from Rajasthan tell that roads are great and you should go all the way to Jaiselmer to enjoy the sand dunes etc.

budget hotels in Jaiselmer are :-

Hotel Moonlight
Hotel Panihari
Moonlight Khuri Resort
Hotel Priya

pick your hotel and i beileve depending on the number of audience,hotel guys also arrange "kaal Beliya Dance" in sand dunes,the one which we saw in movie "Lamhe"

dont miss it
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Thanks . Will do that sometime, right now in severe severe budget mode to finance some big things
....and that big thing is probably a 4x4 BEAR/BEAST/HULK/CANNON
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Delhi ---(NH-8)--> Jaipur---(NH-11)---> Chomun----> Ringas----> Palsana----> SIKAR-----> Ratangarh ----> Lacchaarsar ---> Bigga ---> Jodhasar ---> Seruna-----> Naurangdesar ----> Bikaner ----(NH-15)---> Nokhra---->Bap ----> Phalodi-----> Ujlan----> Pokhran -----> Chandan -----> JAISALMER----> Khabha ----> Dedha----> Sam
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