The Thar Desert is undoubtedly one of the major attractions around Jaisalmer, and rarely do tourists visit the fairytale city and not venture out into it. These days, there are numerous options for staying out in the desert in a tent or desert camp, ranging from basic to ultra luxurious.
The majority of desert camps are located close to the Sam Sand Dunes, where people flock to go on a camel ride into the sunset. However, there are other options that provide unique, non-touristy experiences. Yet, no matter where you stay, camel rides and evening cultural programs/folk music will be on offer.
When choosing a desert camp, especially ones around the Sam Dunes, it's important to do your research and pick a decent place that's properly managed. Otherwise, you're likely to end up with a dirty tent, poor food, bad service, and loud music. What's more you'll be subjected to the noise coming from neighboring camps. Do keep in mind that photos on websites can be misleading too!
Browse through these five recommended Jaisalmer tent hotels and desert camps to get an idea of what's available.