Gateway to Rippling Sand !!!
The Great Indian Thar Desert, as it is generally known, is a fascinating
area for most of the enthusiastic travllers, located in the western foot of
India and is extended towards the southern portion of Haryana, Punjab and
into the northern region of Gujarat. The great Indian desert, derived Its
name from the word Tahl, which literally means the sandy ridges of sand. The
Thar ruins evokes inhospitable climate to its endless stretch of swirling
sand, with the barrenness of life and vegetation. But some of its part
support dynamic Eco-system, flora and fauna featuring a prime source of
attraction for million of thirsty travellers in the sand dunes of Rajasthan.
The Thar desert covers an area of about 3,126 sq. kilometers beckoning
tourists with its magical sand, untouched by the hands of modernity and yet
to be discovered.
Synopsis of Thar Desert !!!
Did You Know
You know in May 1998 India detonated five nuclear
devices in the Pokaran area including a 43 - kiloton device that was almost
three times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. India also conducted its
first nuclear test here in 1974.
Thar Desert is scattered with number of hillocks, gravel, salt marshes and
some antiquity lakes. The chronicles of Thar Desert is a controversial
subject and not much clear in the pages of history. According to geologists,
it to be 4000 to 10,000 years old, whereas the others nearby state, touching
the ageless Thar started in this region much earlier. Another theory most
interestingly states that the area turned to desert in the recently
centuries. Whereas according to legends this desolated and arid land was
believed to have been created by the falling of an arrow fired by Rama, hero
of the Ramayana. The arrow was destined for the sea god who inhabited the
straits between Indian and Sri Lanka. However, when the Sea God apologised
to Rama for opposing his desire to cross the straits, than Rama fired the
arrow to the north-west , rendering the whole region as a desolated
wasteland. The glorifying soil of Thar has witnessed bloody conflict over
the ages, as feudal kings fought both with each other and against external
invaders such as the Muslims.
Cities connected to Thar Desert !!!
Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer are much popular cities of imperial Rajasthan.
All of them are entangled in such a way that, it form an excellent desert
circuit with the beauty of sparkling sand. This beautiful desert circle
bestowed with the memorable journey through time and wealth of Rajasthan.
Do you know, according to legends when Lord Rama
was crossing the strait between India and Sri Lanka, the sea god refused him
to give a path, than Lord Rama fired the arrow in the sea, rendering the
whole serene water of the sea into a desert.
There are number of tours, organized to Thar Desert, by the Rajasthan
tourism and local tour operators. Depending upon the time and need of
travel, the organisers operate several long and short journeys with the
camels. These tours can be budget tours or real adventure, luxury oriented
depending upon the type of facility avail - meals, refreshments, tents, and
the days of journey. There are several organized tour from the neighboring
boundaries of Rajasthan's famous cities like Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer,
which forms an excellent desert circuit with the Great Indian Thar Desert.
Once in the soil of Thar Desert, you will be exposed to number of trilling
experiences including the best sunrise and sunset views, natural vegetation,
bird population, wild animals and the rippling of sand.
Desert Charms !!!
The alluring ripples of the Thar sands seem to never cease beckoning you.
Be it the camel safari or just staying idly in the desert camp, Thar comes
veiled in a new attire every time. A bonfire in the Thar comes more
colourful when the local folk artists strike the first melody of marwa
and you never know, where you are lost.
Fauna Attractions !!!
The natural vegetation of the Great Indian Thar Desert is a home for number
of migratory birds, ferocious animals and plants and almost all of them are
adopted to the harsh climate and environmental condition that prevails in
the desert. Thar Desert also holds the attraction of a unique wildlife
sanctuary for its enthusiastic travellers. One can spot various desert
animals like chinkaras, foxes, jackals, wild cats, and nilgais. The desert
allow suitable conditions for the survival of number of hazardous species
like lizards, gerbils and snakes. The spiny tailed lizards with their
prehistoric looks are quite common in the ruins of desert. Among the snakes
the saw scaled viper, the large rat snake and sand boa are noteworthy. It is
quite common to view these species from a close quarter and possibly stamp
over one or find them resting on your raised shoes, don't be scared you are
on your adventure trial to Thar, a desert full of surprises.
It is hard to believe that once this desert region
was covered by massive forests and huge animals. In 1996 two amateur
paleontologists working in the Thar Desert discovered animal fossils, some
300 million years old, including dinosaurs and their ancestors. At Akal Wood
Fossil Park, near Jaisalmer, visit the remains of fossilised trees around
185 million years old.
Most of these animals survive the scarcity
of water by adopting special mechanism so that life can go on without water.
They reduce their physical activity considerably and avoid exposure to hot
winds by keeping in shade of shrubs or by burrowing down in the sand. Earth
has an admirable insulator against heat and aridity, and an animal burrowing
a few centimeters below the surface will comfortably survive the hottest day
and coolest night.
Natural Vegetation !!!
Thar Desert and the desert cities like Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur and many
other town and villages supports a remarkable flora vegetation. The trees,
shrubs and herbs have adopted various strategies to endure the intense heat,
bitter cold and long dry spells. To reduce the water by evaporation the
leaves of these plants are reduced in size, as is the case of khejri
(Prosopis cinerara) with relatively few stomata on them. Some species like
kair (Cappairs dedicua) and phog (Calligonum polkygonides) do away with the
leaves altogether and develop stomata on the green stems, which perform the
work of photosynthesis. Whereas, Sevan is one of the hardiest plants to grow
in the sand of Thar Desert. This perennial grass stands tall followed by the
long periods of drought in hot summers. It is quite amazing to sight these
thorny bushes amidst the vast desert dunes or at times the lush green tree
standing straight spreading its branches to offer you its most luxurious
shadow, the perquisite of the time. more..
Camel Safaris !!!
Do you know, the ship of desert can drink 30-40
litres of water in a day. But, If they are extremely thirsty, the limit can
reach upto 100 litres, which can be drunked in less than 10 minutes by
Nothing can be more special for travellers to get prepared for the sheer
magic and brilliance of sand in Indian Thar Desert. Camel, popularly known
as the ship of desert, is one of the great reminder of the caravan tours
across the desert. Here the visitors get an opportunity to choose their own
favorite itineraries to experience the best camels safaris. It is a great
fun to explore the vast sandy desert on camels safari, which usually covers
a distance of 30 to 40 kms in a day.
A tourists must plan a trip in the early hours of morning and evenings, to
get the best picture of the desert dunes and should avoid long organised
safaris in the season of summers, because it makes the worse time, when the
desert seems to be on fire and one can get sunburns. It is good if you wear
full clothes covering your whole body, so as to escape the ultra violate
rays and do not forget to wear the straw hat, preferably a local turban of
Rajasthan and drink lots of water to getaway from heat and dehydration.
Whereas the most popular travelled section of camel safaris are Sam Sand
Dunes near Jaisalmer while the Shekhawati belt, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pushkar
and Nagaur are not far behind which are the most easy and comfortable desert
Sunrise and Sunset Terrace !!!
The scorching sun hued with the blow of howling winds, boundless sands
guarding the desert with the background of a colourful sky, has always been
a favorite subject of photographers and thirsty travellers. The mornings are
as refreshing as evenings in the soil of Thar Desert. Exploring the up and
downs of sand dunes is none other than walking on the golden soil of heaven.
The desert areas provide alluring sunrise and sunset backdrops, where you
can easily set your hearts. These are the ideal moment for photography, when
the setting sun turns the entire environ into gold. Later the night in her
black silver cloak crowed with silver moon on her head studded with thousand
stars entice you and you became disparate to capture some of these magical
vistas in your camcorder. Millions of tourists every year make a visit to
India, just to experience the glittering sand of Rajasthan desert. We
suggest you, minimum to spend two to three days to get better glimpse.
Desert Village Life !!!
Thar desert gives you an opportunity to sojourn to its distinct and rural
villages, mostly inhabitant by Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs. Here tourists
will experience the lifestyle of the rural Rajasthani folk, their culture
rich in tradition and simple life. Your will be amazed to see how these
villagers surpasses the hardships of the desert and live a lively life that
is easily depicted in their festive celebrations. Watch the village
craftsmanship and their immense passion for music and poetry.