Sam Sand Dunes
Location and Area
Sam Sand Dunes are situated at a distance of approximately 42 km from the city of Jaisalmer. Located in the midst of the Thar Desert, these sand dunes are amongst the most famous ones in Rajasthan.
Radiating laid-back vibes, Sam Sand Dunes, near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan totally enchant you with their fascinating sights. These 3km long, 1km wide and almost half a kilometer high sand dunes keep on shifting on a permanent basis. The area of the Rajasthan Sam Sand Dunes supports absolutely no plant life. The whirling air currents of this area match with those of the sandstorms in the Sahara.
Most Picturesque Spot around Jaisalmer
The Sam dunes are also the most picturesque spot around Jaisalmer, and perhaps the whole of western Rajasthan. Sitting there in the evening with the sun setting, listening to the ballads of the legendary lovers Moomal and Mahendra on the Jews harp or the narh (a traditional musical instrument), you might feel that time has come to a grinding halt. The silken smooth sands of Sam look like a tale out of the Merchant of Venice and camel safaris are much in vogue here.
An overnight trip to the area is a must if you really want to enjoy all the sights and sounds, the ruins and the temples. Sleeping out in the open, stretched out on the sands while facing the twinkling sky is an out of the world experience. Many a tourist has fallen in love with the haunting beauty of the dunes there is a definite aura of romance about it. The old ruins and the various temples in this area are a must see.
Pleasurable Moments - Watching Sand Dunes at Sunset
The best way to enjoy the Sam Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer, is through an overnight trip. One of the most pleasurable moments comes at the time of the sunset. Watching the sand dunes in the faint orange glow of the sun with the ballads of the legendary lovers playing in the background leaves you completely speechless. The night is spent sleeping in the open under the cover of the star-studded sky.
This is the closest place from where you can loose yourself in the Great Thar Desert. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The best way to get here, of course, is on camel back.
The Sand Dunes Trip
The magical sand dunes of Rajasthan can be best viewed on a camel safari.
The camel safaris are organised from Jaisalmer, closest town to the desert. Camel safari is the most popular mode of desert sight-seeing. It gives a chance to explore the interiors of the state. The rural Rajasthan, in the vast desert, are accessible only through the camel safari. The best season for desert safari across the deserts of Rajasthan is during October to February.
In the month of February/March, this whole place turns into a cultural hub. The desert festival organized amid these dunes is the showcase of Rajasthani culture as a whole.
Open-air cultural extravaganzas, puppet shows, folk dance performances, camel races, competitions and general festivities mark this annual event that is held with great pomp and show at the Sam Sand dunes in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. ...more on Desert Festival in Jaisalmer
Most of the sand dunes sites are situated near Jaisalmer. The nearest airport is the Jodhpur airport, 285 Km from Jailsalmer. Jaisalmer railway station is connected to the main cities of Rajasthan
The roadways network of Rajasthan ensures good connectivity of Jaisalmer to the major cities of India. Jaisalmer is 285 Km from Jodhpur, 638 Km from Jaipur, 897 Km from Delhi, 626 Km from Ahmedabad and 1200 Km from Mumbai.
Any trip to Jaisalmer is indeed incomplete, without a trip to the most panoramic Sam Sand dunes.
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