Sam Sand Dunes
At a distance of 40 km from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes are situated at the edge of Jaisalmer Desert National Park in Rajasthan. Lies in the midst of the Thar Desert, these sand dunes are amongst the most popular places to experience Rajasthan Tourism and also one of the prime places of Jaisalmer Tourism.
Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The 3 km long, and 1 km wide sand dunes reflect the true image of Rajasthan. Undeniably one of the most picturesque spots in the desert, the Sam Sand Dunes have gained tremendous tourist reputation over the time. The unrelieved ocean of sand constantly changes its appearance at every gentle gush of wind. The whirling air currents of this area match with those of the sandstorms in the Sahara.
The best way to enjoy the dunes is to undertake a camel safari trip. The camel safari trip is well organised and the camel owners are well aware of the changing temperament of the dunes. Tourists can be assured of enjoying the magic of dunes completely in the company of these guides. The dunes are best visited during the months between October and February when the heat is relatively less in the region. Evenings and night are the best times to visit the dunes because at this time the silver rays of moon spread its radiance in the entire region thereby making it glow like an ornament.
Besides Camel Safari, there are many other activities like jeep safari and desert camping at Sam Sand Dunes. There are many desert camp owners who offer Swiss tents and mud cottages next to dunes. Adding to the magical charm of the atmosphere are the wonderful folk dance and music performance by the local artists. Overnight camping in the dunes are also possible.
There is a Desert Festival organised in the month of February and is the best time to visit these dunes. This is a 3-day event showcasing the heritage and culture of Rajasthan. This extravaganza includes of a lot of events such as puppet shows, various competitions such as tug of war and Biggest Moustache, camel race, various folk performance and more. During this time, the desert comes alive with the sound and light show, dance and music.