A night in the Thar
When I was browsing through the various tours Intrepid Travel offers in India, the words “camel” and “desert” jumped out. I’m a sucker for wide open spaces, for the desolate landscape, for stretches of land that seem to go for miles without variation. The Great Thar Desert seemed as if it would be just that. Add in a few camels and I was sold.
This desert, stretching along the Pakistan-India border, was to provide us with an evening of solid tourist entertainment – the camel safari. I was excited to spend a night under the stars in the dunes. Our camels were waiting for us near the edge of a road and before long we were making our way, single file, in the direction of some far off dunes. I had expected much sandier terrain, but it was mostly just arid and flat. The camels were fun to ride for about 30 minutes before my legs started to ache – how do people do this for days on end?
Before long we found ourselves suddenly in the dunes. There is so much wind in this desert that the dunes are ever shifting but our little strip of dunes were waiting for us. After a nice sunset and some desert chai, we settled onto our beds and enjoyed a tasty dinner prepared by our camel herders / camp hosts. I slept like a champ in my cozy little cot and woke up jonesin’ for some camp coffee….but got some more desert chai instead!