TOUR CODE: 006
A GREAT WALK IN DESERT
Starting & Finishing Point: Bikaner
Period of Operation: 5th December to 26th January – Every year
Days of Departure: Every day during period of operation
Cost of Tour: USD 400 Per Person
Duration of Tour: 4 Night / 5 Days
Maximum capacity: 30 persons per departure
The Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, is a large arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent. It is the world’s 17th largest desert and the world’s 9th largest subtropical desert. About 85% of the Thar Desert is in India, and the remaining part in Pakistan. In India, it covers about 320,000 km2 (120,000 sq mi), of which 60% is in Rajasthan. This desert comprises a very dry part, the Marusthali region in the west, and a semi desert region in the east with fewer sand dunes and slightly more precipitation.
The Tal Chappar Sanctuary covers 7 km2 and is an important bird area It is located in the Churu District, 210 km (130 mi) from Jaipur, in the Shekhawati region. This sanctuary is home to a large population of blackbuck, fox and caracal such as partridge and sand grouse;
Stretches of sand in the desert are interspersed by hillocks and sandy and gravel plains. Due to the diversified habitat and ecosystem, the vegetation, human culture and animal life in this arid region is very rich in contrast to the other deserts of the world. About 23 species of lizard and 25 species of snakes are found here and several of them are endemic to the region.
Some wildlife species, which are fast vanishing in other parts of India, are found in the desert in large numbers such as the blackbuck and Chinkara. They have evolved excellent survival strategies. There are certain other factors responsible for the survival of these animals in the desert. Due to the lack of water in this region, transformation of the grasslands into cropland has been very slow. The protection provided to them by a local community, the Bishnois, is also a factor. Other mammals of the Thar Desert include a subspecies of red fox and the caracal.
The region is a haven for 141 species of migratory and resident birds of the desert. One can see eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestral and vultures. There are also a number of reptiles.
The Indian Peafowl is a resident breeder in the Thar region. The peacock is designated as the national bird of India.
In the last 15–20 years, the Rajasthan desert has seen many changes, including a manifold increase of both the human and animal population. Animal husbandry has become popular due to the difficult farming conditions. At present, there are ten times more animals per person in Rajasthan than the national average, and overgrazing is also a factor affecting climatic and drought conditions.
Agricultural production is mainly from kharif crops, which are grown in the summer season and seeded in June and July. These are then harvested in September and October and include bajra, pulsus such as guar, jowar, maize, sesame and groundnuts. Over the past few decades the development of irrigation features including canals and tube wells have changed the crop pattern with desert districts in Rajasthan now producing rabi crop including wheat, mustard and cumin seed along with cash crops.
in the morning, we will pick you up from Udaipur and drop you at a particular point. From there, you will walk with our escort to the lunch site, where our team is waiting for you.
Day 2,3 & 4
Are just wonderful! You are deep into desert, lots of fun, excellent food, party time, adventure, being together, music, activities, great walk, extraordinary desert life, different flora and fauna and what not!
After lunch, we will pick you up from the last camp and drop you at Udaipur and you may continue your onward journey on your own.
A day’s meal comprises of:
Evening Tea with Cookies
TOUR COST INCLUDES:
- Pick up and drop from Bikaner to camp site and back by coach.
- Accommodation in Alpine tents with complete bedding on twin sharing basis.
- All meals starting from lunch on day one till lunch on day 5
- A perfect kitchen team to serve you excellent & nutritious food
- A team of security personnel to ensure your security hazards.
- A team of entertainers to entertain you in the evening.
- Two bottles of cold drinks and two mineral water every day.
- Jeeps for backup support
- Camels and camel carts to transport the luggage
- Special farewell dinner with cocktails on day 4
- A team of workers and managers to handle your needs
- Our professional escort to take care of your needs.
WHAT TO CARRY:
- Heavy woolen clothes.
- Good and comfortable walking shoes,
- Sun Glasses
- Torch, Cap and a walking stick.
- One Blanket for emergency
- One water bottle
- Loose and comfortable clothing
WHAT NOT TO CARRY:
- Any kind of valuables