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Thar Desert

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Thar desert
Sand dunes of the Thar Desert

The Thar Desert is a large, arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent and forms a natural boundary running along the border between India and Pakistan. With an area of more than 200,000 km2 (77,000 sq mi), covering parts of Bikaner and Jodhpur divisions in the Indian state of Rajasthan, and some region of the states of Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat, it is the world's 18th largest subtropical desert.


  • 1 Jaisalmer — the main hub and departure point for camel safaris into the dunes
  • 2 Bikaner — a less touristy desert city approximately 275 km north of Jaisalmer

Get in

A few domestic flights arrive daily at the Jaisalmer airport from cities including Udaipur and Delhi.

Get around

  • Camel Safari
  • Jeep Safari


  • Dunes
  • Villages. Painted mud houses and a life-style that has remained more or less unchanged.

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