Sam Sand Dunes at Jaisalmer

Trip to the Sam sand dunes was the most fascinating part of our 15 days long Rajasthan trip, sort of ‘a dream come true’. Thar Desert of Rajasthan is the seventh largest desert in the world, covering Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Barmer. And to get a feel of the desert sand in my hands and run my fingers over the sand had been a long cherished desire of mine. When we got there, it was miles of sand and sand dunes all around.

I had always wondered: how can the desert sand look golden. And I saw there, I couldn’t believe it, the sand did look golden, reflecting the rays of the setting sun. The patterns on the sand, the undulating sand mounds, and the glittering fine grains of sand all looked magical yet real. The sand dunes, their formation are one of nature’s most interesting and beautiful phenomena.

Beautiful yes, it can be dangerous too if you are caught in the fast blowing winds which cause the shifting sand dunes. There is every possibility of getting lost and disoriented. In such situations only your guide can help you out. Our ears were drilled with plenty of such cautions, yet I wished there would be at least slow winds to witness the gentle flow of sand grains.

A typical hut of the Thar Desert.

The evening winds were still that day. And we saw a beautiful sunset over the sand dunes. As all good things come to an end, that day too ended and I had to bid goodbye to the romantic sand dunes of Jaisalmer.

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Visit to Jaisalmer Fort of Rajasthan
Gadsisar Lake, Jaisalmer

44 Responses to “Sam Sand Dunes at Jaisalmer

  • wow.. wat awesome pictures.. lets see when Rajasthan happens.. i was planning my life’s objectives.. travelling stood amongst the top.. thanks 🙂

  • You really have an amazing talent for photography! I had heard people say the desert is beautiful, and I had seen pictures, but here you seem to have captured only the beauty, the sand like the pure color and texture of sand without the actual uncomfortable hotness and sandyness!

    As an afterthought: It is much the same with pictures of snow… 🙂

  • I can certainly see why this place called to you. I wouldn’t have expected something so vast and beautiful either. Your photos are and descriptions are wonderful!

  • indrani, u r so fortunate to have a chance to witness so much wonderful stuff on yr holiday

  • What a gorgeous setting. I could get lost there myself, hopefully not in the shifting sands sort of way. Golden sun and sand.. how beautiful.

  • What an exotic setting. I enjoyed the tour and your photos are great.

  • that was indeed very beautiful! the commentary and the pictures!!

    could you tell me why is it called ‘Sam’ sand dunes?

    thank you

  • Thanks, Ravi Kumar and welcome to my blog.

    Thanks Thyme, Deborah, Bengbeng, Hilary and ewok1993.

    Thanks Magiceye. Sam sand dunes are called so because these sand dunes are located near Sam village, 35km from Jaisalmer. There are more sand dunes near the Khuri village too.

  • The last time I see desert was 1992 travelling from Jeddah/Medinah and Mecca.I was on duty tour.
    Your photos remind me how beautiful is desert.Thanks for sharing and also Thanks for commenting on my blog.Have a nice day.

  • Great pictures…..Hang on the last one…OMG ! Simply superb……

  • What a remarkable collection of photos, Indrani. I’m glad you got to go there so that you could show these desert sand dunes to the rest of us.

  • Wow so beautiful. The desert is really such a beauty. But it can be scary to be lost in the desert without water.

  • A beautiful selection of photos – so nicely taken. I love the ones with the camels.

  • This post reminded me of my Desert Safari in Dubai last month.

    I’ve always been fascinated about Jaisalmer and yet to make a trip there. Lovely post on Sam Sand Dunes Indrani. Thanks for sharing.

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  • That’s a great set of pictures from Rajasthan. I’m envious 😉
    I have always been fascinated by Rajasthan- the deserts, the culture, food, jewellery…And after being married to a Marwari, it’s my dream to have a long holiday there. Maybe after my li’l one grows up a little.
    Great post and great blog.

  • Living in the midst of a desert has never evoked the same feeling that your blog has given.. I guess one has to find time to see the beauty in nature.

  • Deserts around the world… That could just as easily have been a spot of the Sahara! Beautiful pictures!

    Greetings from Niger (West Africa),

  • Its my long cherished dream to visit a desert. But for the time being your pics will do..

  • Very great or lune dunes…

    I’m afraid to “loose me” in desert…

    See You later !

  • Hi Indrani! Since my first visit to Agra and Jaipur I ‘m always dreaming of making the full tour of Rajasthan up to Jaisalmer. Now, after your pictures, it’s a must do!! have to find some time left…
    Wonderful pictures, interesting text, great posts: A Treat!!
    In a different mood, but also somehow, cultural, Blogtrotter is now at the Bardo Museum; some of the best Roman mosaics in the world! Enjoy and have a great week!

  • The sand dunes are so beautiful. These are all great shots. I can see how it would be dangerous if someone got disoriented there but what a gorgeous place to be.

  • ‘Golden’ pictures. Thank you for sharing these.

  • Fascinating shots and post, just wonderful!!!

  • Beautiful golden desert sands. adn that last photograph, bewitching! Thanks, Indrani

  • Wow! Stunning and breathtaking pictures! Loved to found your blog. Thanks for sharing your World.

  • I love the closeup shot (#6). It almost looks like sandpaper. And of course, you know the last shot is going to get raves.

    I’ve spent some time in the deserts here in the states (mostly in the Upper Mojave Desert in CA) and seen a “brown out” firsthand. It’s like being inside a brown paper bag. I can easily understand why you don’t want to be wandering around in one!

    A similar kind of thing occurs in the arctic (and antarctic) regions when the wind whips the snow around in similar fashion. A “white out” is just as deadly, if not more so!

  • I have missed so much but have thoroughly enjoyed reading and looking at the amazing pictures.

    From the beautiful camel eye..the mesmerizing colors and size of the Patwon ki haveli…holy fish and birds..beautiful water tank…and the golden hue of the sand and sunset…breathtaking!!!

  • Your photos are amazing. Deserts have their own beauty.

    Have been reading your blogs and enjoying them.

  • Wow your words and pictures really give one a feel for your experience. I would love to have the firsthand experience of it now after you’ve shared this.

  • your post and photographs were quite informative…thank you for sharing.
    enjoy your blog.

  • What a wonderful photo essay of your world. I love the way the sand forms the patterns – awesome place.
    The sunset is breathtaking.

  • Awesome! Endless sand.

  • u reminded me of my home … its not a proper desert place but still in rajasthan so bit of sand and all … i have been to jaipur, udaipur, mount abu n all … but yet to see such vast sand expanse … thanks for sharing 🙂

  • great pics…the last one is awesome!

  • Awesome terrain! I’ll bet it was hard to walk in it…beach dunes are difficult enough. Thanks for the virtual visit…and that last shot especially!

  • Needless to say the pics are lovely and amazing …Im looking at your posts and enjoying what I had missed this season

  • They seem to go on forever, like the Sahara.

  • Hi Indrani! Hope neither you nor any of your family and friends are being affected by what’s happening in Mumbai! Wish you all the best!

  • Thanks all dear friends!

    Thanks Gil for inquiring. I am safe in Bangalore. Not sure when it will be this city’s turn.

  • These sand dunes and your photos are amazing. A wonderful tour of your world. Did you ride a camel?

  • Beautiful pics Indrani. I wonder how far you walked around this region? Did you take a camel ride to reach this place?

  • wow. that is one thing i need to experience. is it hot?

    thanks for sharing your world. you may visit mine here

    have a wonderful weekend ahead. 🙂

  • Great pictures of Sand dunes and the sunset. Did you guys camp in the desert or return to Jaisalmer in the evening?

    You have a great blog. I will be sure to visit it more often.

  • The pictures are wonderful. They bring out the beauty of the desert in all its hues.

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