Out & About in the Desert

Desert Walks, Camel Safaris, Jeep Tours and Village Tours

Should you become tired of total relaxation, there are a number different activities available for you.

First of all, go for a walk in the desert. You might meet camels or one of the local farmers with their goats – and you will certainly be awe-struck by the silence and space of the Thar.

The desert is also home to many types of wildlife, and you might be lucky enough to see some of the antelopes that live there, like the blue bull (nilgai), black buck (kala hiran), maybe a herd of Indian gazelles (chinkara), or even a desert fox or mongoose. There is a surprising amount of birdlife, including eagles and bustards.

Make sure you take plenty of water and have a good sun hat, as it can get pretty warm!

Tours and Excursions


If you’d like to get out and about a bit further there are a number of trips and outings we can arrange for you.


Camel Safari

One of the most unforgettable and enchanting experiences you can have in India is a camel safari, riding through the rippling, windswept desert on camel back. You can go for just one day, but for the full experience it’s best to take a camel safari in the Thar Desert for at least one night camping. After riding through the desert your guides will make a camp in the dunes, cook dinner and make you a bed with thick blankets for a snug night sleeping under the stars.


Jeep Tour

We can take you out for half a day or a day, visiting some of the fascinating place hidden in the desert. We will take you to Bisarki which is an old Shiva temple where there are often peacocks; to Bada Baag which you can wander amongst the royal family cenotaphs dating back hundreds of years, and maybe visit Kaba Fort, and a deserted village.


Villages of the Thar

We’ll take you to Aladin’s village and have lunch in his family home, and visit a village of weavers, maybe a village where they make pots, maybe a gypsy village, and various other old sites.


If you want to know more about tours and activities, please contact us.

About Us

We are an English and Indian couple, Alex and Aladin. After running Nomads Guesthouse in Jaisalmer, we started building a home in the Thar desert to share our love and passion for desert life and culture.

Traditional Desert Huts

Nomads Desert Retreat has three private huts built in the traditional fashion by local craftsmen using local materials. Each hut has windows, a lockable door and twin beds.

Facilities & Amenities

The retreat has a range of facilities. There is a kitchen which guests can use and a shared bathroom. Outside there are shaded sitting areas where you can relax and watch the world go (very) slowly by.

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