Me and my friend decided to visit the Thar desert with Trotters and we weren't diappointed! I'm always a little unsure of places that are advertised in the lonely planet as they tend to get complacent but this isn't the case with 'Del Boy' and this guides.
We choose a safari leaving at 1pm and arriving back in Jaisalmer the next day at lunchtime. We were the only two people on our safari which made us feel a bit uneasy at first (two females alone) but there was no need. Our guide Sobu was amazing! He was the same age as us and had been working on the camel safaris for 17 years (since 9years old). He was great at giving information about the desert and anything we asked but knew when to be silent and let us enjoy the desert scenery. We had about 2 hours each day on the camels and that was more than enough - they really aren't that comfortable. Sobu took us to a sand dune for our camp for the night. The whole time we were in the desert we didn't see another tourist so we were definitely taken to a sand dune off the beaten track. Unfortunately, my friend was ill so couldn't eat Sobu's food but it was delicious and he made enough to feed five times as many people. His chai was also excellent.
The only negative was the frequent stops in the jeep on the way to meet our guide. They were a bit unnecessary and mainly consisted of 'here, look around' by the driver when we stopped at rundown villages. The children obviously knew the drill as they were quite agressive at asking for money, pens and sweets. We even had one boy trying to get into our bags in the jeep! Other than that I would recommend Trotters for anyone looking for a camel safari away from Sam's dune.
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