Feel the Desert wind in Thar desert-Sam Kanoi

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Sam dunes:
A 40 km excursion from Jaisalmer city is the desert village of Sam, which has a band of sand dunes about 2 km in length. Through this stretch there are dozens of resorts offering swiss tents and cottages. The dunes starts getting crowded as the sun goes down and be prepared to be chased by the tenacious camel owners offering short rides across the sands.
Sunset at Sam dunes
Sunset at Sam dunes
If you get annoyed and lose your mind, then you’re probably going to miss the spectacular sunset over the desert. So sit back and enjoy the sunset.
Dunes of Sam
Dunes of Sam
Having stayed in one of the resorts it was a great experience with evening folk music and dance performances. It was a total paisa vasool.
One of the resorts at Sam offering Swiss tents
One of the resorts at Sam offering Swiss tents
Kanoi dunes:
The next day morning was something which we were more excited about, which is the sand dunes jeep safari.
They take you out to the sand dunes near Kanoi where the over three bands of sand dunes of over 3km in length. They are much better than the one near sam village. The crowd here was also less compared to Sam, since it is away from the highway. The bumpy jeep ride was a nice experience so far, but we were waiting for that adventurous dune ride. We reached the the dunes much before the sunrise and again we were surrounded by the camel owners, which was quite disappointing. As we had thought these dunes are far from Kanoi village and weren't expecting so many camel owners annoying to take the ride, making it somewhere to avoid if you’re after a solitary desert experience.
It was freezing in the middle of the desert and the cold sand was acting as if it were ice. Couldn't resist went for a camel ride while enjoying the sunrise, and after spending a while walking in the dunes we felt tired as the sand is so fine grained that your foot goes inside the sand about four inches deep and one can hardly hold the sand in your palms. Definitely not the same sand you see in our cities used for building houses.
Sunrise at the Thar desert, Kanoi
Sunrise at the Thar desert, Kanoi
Finally after the sun was rising up we started our ride back and jeep man started driving like crazy over the dunes, up and down, round and round, we were hardly able to hold the rod standing in the open jeep and against the cold wind. It was an experience of a lifetime.
Sand dunes of Thar desert, Kanoi
Sand dunes of Thar desert, Kanoi
We then reached our tents to pack our luggage for our next excursion to Kuldhara.

Kuldhara:
Kuldhara is an abandoned village, about 200 years ago the entire community of the village abandoned the place and left to unknown place, due to the unbearable torture from the then prime minister of the state Salim Singh. The legend says it that Salim Singh wanted to marry the daughter of the village head forcefully and threatened the village if his wish was not fulfilled. The village heads decided to leave their forefathers homeland and vanish along with the rest of the people in the village. Another legend has to say that the villagers were unable to pay the high taxes imposed by Salim singh and they disappeared abandoning the villages. But none of them know where the Paliwals left and where there generations are staying in today's world.
The house of the village head (right), Kuldhara village
The house of the village head (right), Kuldhara village
The remains of the abandoned village of Kuldhara
The remains of the abandoned village of Kuldhara
In the present day it is being maintained by the ASI (Archeological survey of India) and is popular with tourists and movie makers. One of the song in the recent Kannada blockbuster Mungaru Male 2 was also shot here.
We left the place towards Jaisalmer.
Desert plants of Thar desert
Desert plants of Thar desert
Amar Sagar Jain temple:
About 5km away from Jaisalmer is an artistic marvel at Lodurva, Amar Sagar Jain temple. The temple is one of the finest examples of the yellow sandstone sculptures of Jaisalmer art. Amar sagar is the lake surrounding the temple, which is mostly found dry in present days. It is worth the visit during your Jaisalmer visit.
Intricate carvings of the Amar sagar Jain temple
Intricate carvings of the Amar sagar Jain temple
Interiors of the Amar sagar Jain temple
Interiors of the Amar sagar Jain temple


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