Getting There - Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer

Getting There

Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Jaipur – Daily flights to Jaisalmer operated by SpiceJet
Jaisalmer has very good connectivity via roadways and railways as well. There are daily trains and buses operated on route with all major cities.
From Jaisalmer city, you would need to book a taxi to get you to the camp which could be arranged by us at an additional charge and for those who wish to enjoy the experience of a road trip, camping in the desert will be the complete experience as the location is motorable with excellent roads and expessways.

The driving time to Jaisalmer is as follows :

Delhi Jaisalmer 793 Kms 15 Hrs
Jaipur Jaisalmer 535 Kms 11 Hrs
Bikaner Jaisalmer 320 Kms 5 Hrs
Jodhpur Jaisalmer 295 Kms 4 Hrs
Jaisalmer Sam 40 Kms 30 Mins.


How far is the jaisalmer railway station and airport from Oasis India Camps?

Oasis India Camps is 40 kms away from the Jaisalmer Railway Station and about 51 kms from the airport.
We can arrange transport facility on request. Please Call us on +919116667621 or email us your arrival details and we shall organise your pickup.


How to reach Oasis India Camps, Sam Sand Dunes from Jaisalmer?

The famous Sam Sand dunes are located 40 kms west of Jaisalmer, and are very well connected by a black top defence road. Oasis India Camps is ideally located opposite the dunes just by the road side with the best location in the area. The sand dunes are just 20 meters away from the main entrance.


Which is the best way to reach Jaisalmer from Jodhpur?

Jaisalmer can be reached by any of the 3 means given below:

By Air: Daily flights by SpiceJet connecting Jaisalmer to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Surat and Ahmedabad.

By Train: There are 2 trains from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, one early morning and the other late night. Please Contact IRCTC for details.

By Road: The best way to reach Jaisalmer from Jodhpur is by road. The road to Jaisalmer is a very good defence road and it takes approximately 4 hrs to reach Jaisalmer. You can drive in your own private car or hire a taxi from Jodhpur. Convenient Bus service is also available every half an hour from Bombay Motors Crossing in Jodhpur. The Buses are mostly private sleeper coaches.


How do I drive from Delhi to Jaisalmer?

Distance between Delhi to Jaisalmer is 793 kms. You have to take NH 8 which is a very good four-lane toll highway. The drive from Delhi to Jaisalmer takes approximately 15 hours by car. The distance between Delhi and Jaipur is 260 kms and takes less than 4 hours to get to Jaipur. A good place to halt for a break on this highway is the Rajasthan Tourism run RTDC Midway at Behror (about half way between Delhi and Jaipur). From Jaipur you have to head for Jodhpur via Ajmer Bypass and Beawar. At Beawar change to NH 114 toward Bar. At Bar go onto NH 112 towards Jodhpur. Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (see the answer to the above question).


Which is the best period to visit Jaisalmer?

The best period for a visit to the desert is between October to February. A large number of tourists visit the camp during the season, especially during Diwali, Christmas/New Years break and The Desert Festival. The main attractions are the famous shifting sand dunes, stay in the tents, campfire, folk music cultural evening, Camel/Camel Cart/Jeep Safari, Quad biking, Parasailing, Paramotor gliding.


What are the places to see in and around Jaisalmer?

Places of interests in Jaisalmer 

Jaisalmer Fort : Jaisalmer Fort is also known as "Sonar Quila" because of its golden yellow color. The fort is made of soft yellow Jurassic sandstone. It has five interconnected palaces with four gateways like Akhaiyal, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol.

Jain Temples : The fort of Jaisalmer has three exquisitely carved Jain Temples. These were built in 1509 with fine Jurassic sandstone. They are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras-Rikhabdevji and Sambhavnathji. There is also a Gyan Bhandar or Library inside this temple where some of the oldest manuscripts of India are kept.

Gadisar Lake : The Gadisar Lake was once a source of water supply to the Jaisalmer city. There are many small temples and shrines around it. Tourists can enjoy boating here. The small museum here displays the folk art.

Nathmal ji ki Haveli : Two architect brothers built this haveli in the 19th century. This was earmarked as the Prime Minister's house. Interestingly, while one brother concentrated on the right, the other concentrated on the left. The result is a symphony epitomizing the side by side symmetry during construction.

Patwon ki Haveli : This is one of the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. Exquisitely and intricately carved, this Haveli is five storeys high and a very popular tourist attraction because of its carvings.

Places of interests around Jaisalmer 

Ludurva Jain Temple : This is a famous Jain Temple located approximately 7 kms from Jaisalmer and 500 m off the Jaisalmer Sam road.

Kuldhara : Khuldhara is a very famous heritage village in Ruins 11 kms from Jaisalmer and, 5 Kms away from the Jaisalmer Sam Road. Many Movies have been shot in this location.

Bara Bagh : Bara Bagh Royal cenotaphs are located approximately 4 kms on Jaislamer-Ramgarh Road. These “Chatris” were constructed centuries ago in the memory of members of the royal families who passed away.

Desert National Park : Desert National Park also houses one of the heaviest flying birds in the world, the endangered Great Indian Bustard. It also has fossil evidence dating back to the Jurassic Period indicating hot and humid climate characterized by dense forests.The Desert National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise where you can explore the real bounties of nature. In the event that you truly need to investigate the wonderful natural life at the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer then an ideal path is by setting out on a thrilling jeep safari. Camping and bonfire are other exciting activities which people can enjoy at the Desert National Park.

Khaba Fort: Khaba fort is a small fort 10 kms off the Jaisalmer-Sam road, approximately 35 kms from Jaisalmer. This Picturesque fort overlooks another heritage village in ruins. Many movies have been shot in this location.

Fossil Park : Fossil Park is located approximately 8 kms on the Jaisalmer-Barmer road, there are many wood fossils displayed here.

Indira Gandhi Canal : The Indira Gandhi Canal is the longest canal in India and the largest irrigation project in the world. The Indira Gandhi Canal is 649 km long and consists of Rajasthan feeder canals and Rajasthan main canal and runs through 167 km in Punjab and Haryana and remaining 492 km in Rajasthan. The canal is one of the project of the Green revolution in India and also runs through The Great Thar Desert.


What is there to enjoy in Sam?

There is no point coming to the Thar Desert if you don't undertake the Desert Safari. This is the reason why Sam sand dunes are becoming the major attraction in Jaisalmer. This is the closest place from where you can lose yourself in 'The Great Thar Desert'. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of shifting Sand dunes, the only ones in India. You can stay in a tented camp, and enjoy the “living with nature” experience. The most interesting way to see the countryside and the villages is by way of a Camel/Camel Cart/Jeep Safari. Tourists can enjoy an amazing experience of camp life complete with melodic folk music and dance around a roaring camp fire culminating in a lavish spread of delicious dinner.


Which is better, a camel safari or a jeep safari?

Both are worth experiencing. A Camel safari is a typical desert experience which should not be missed. It is the most exciting and unique way of seeing the colorful and vibrant Thar desert. On the other hand jeep safari is a different experience all together. In a Jeep safari, you see a larger area in a shorter time frame.
The duration for each is about 40 to 50 minutes.


What is the best time to undertake a safari?

Safaris last bout 40 to 50 minutes. It is recommended that you start a Camel/Camel Cart safari early morning or in the evening depending on the climate. Night Camel/Camel cart safari can also be organized. Jeep safari can be undertaken during the day or night. You can start a day safari any time of the day, preferably in the morning after breakfast. Night safari can be undertaken later in the evening.