Checking In: 3 Desert Camps In Rajasthan

Starlit gourmet meals and horseback adventures.  
Manvar Camp Desert Hotel Rajasthan
Manvar Desert Camp, Shergarh. Photo courtesy Manvar Desert Camp and Resort

Rohet Wilderness Camp

Rohet Wilderness Rajasthan Horses

Rohet Wilderness Camp, Rohet. Photo courtesy Rohet Hotels & Camp

The biggest lure of Rohet’s desert camp is surely the handsome Marwari horses and equestrian programme. Guests can ride through the desert on multi-day itineraries, which often yield blackbuck and chinkara sightings. Those not too keen on horseback adventures can sign up for birdwatching or village tours and outdoor picnics. The site, 17 kilometres from Rohet (40 km south of Jodhpur), has seven luxury tents. Meals are served in a traditional mud cottage with a tiled roof. Rohet, Rajasthan; 0291-2431161;; doubles ₹9,500, including breakfast, dinner, and a jeep safari.


Manvar Desert Camp

Manvar Camp Camels Hotel Rajasthan

Manvar Desert Camp, Shergarh. Photo courtesy Manvar Desert Camp and Resort

All the quintessential delights of a Rajasthani desert camp are on offer at Manvar. Located on a patch of the Thar, it has a main camp with 30 safari tents encircling a low stage that hosts nightly folk performances. A smaller deluxe camp is 400 metres away. Couples can request a romantic private camp with a well-kitted out tent and gourmet meals, far from everyone. If visiting between Oct and Mar, going to Khichan (45 min away) to see migratory birds is a must. Shergarh, Rajasthan; 94141 29767, 84472 27002;; doubles from ₹15,000, including breakfast, dinner, and cultural performances.



Osian Sand Dunes Resort Camp

Osian Tent Desert Camp Rajasthan

Osian Sand Dunes Resort Camp, Osian. Photo: Neeraj Dahiya

The history of Osian town, where this camp is located, dates to the Gupta period. Then a thriving trading centre, it is now known for the ruins of circa 6th century carved Hindu and Jain temples. The resort on the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer highway is designed like a small fortification and has 15 tents within its walls as well as al fresco dining around a bonfire. Guests can ride out to the desert on a camel, tour the surrounding village, or delight in sightings of chinkaras and birds. Osian, Rajasthan; 0124-6460909;; doubles from ₹7,000, including breakfast, dinner, camel safari, and cultural performances.

Appeared in the December 2015 issue as “Dunes and Desert Dens”.

Updated in March 2016.


    Rumela Basu is Features Writer at National Geographic Traveller India and has an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University. She likes poetry, food, and books. One day she'd love to have a large library and enough time to travel and drink lots of tea.


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