may look aloof but its the lifeline for the people of the
desert whose communication needs depends on this vital
beast for their very survival. Most journeys to the
hinterlands are still made on camel back, or in camel in
carts , and the camel is also used for ploughing the arid
fields of the desert.
Since the sun can get very hot in desert, the best times
for a camel safari are in the morning and evening, even in
the cooler winter months. Such safaris are usually run by
professional outfits who hire raikas, the camel keepers
who are adapt at finding the best routes and water holes
in the desert, and navigate almost by instinct guided, of
course, by the position of the stars at night. Camel
safaris can range from just a day to several days, and you
can choose an option that best meets your needs and
schedules. Most such safaris can traverse a distance of
30-40 kms a day and you may need to plan accordingly.
TIPS For You: Bikaner belt provides the best safari points
in the region. Visitors are advised to dress modestly
since the safari may pass, and camp, in close proximity of
villages. A sola-topee , the local turban or some form of
hat protection is essential, and people are advised that
they should drink water at regular intervals.