Indian Desert

Indian Desert

Some of the most stunning and visually inspiring landscapes can be found in the Indian deserts.

Indian Desert

Some of the most stunning and visually inspiring landscapes can be found in the Indian deserts. India has a variety of desert destinations for adventurous travelers, from the vast Thar Desert to the extremely cold desert of Ladakh.

The Great Indian Desert also referred to as the Thar Desert, is the seventeenth largest desert in the world. Rajasthan is home to the majority of the Thar Desert. The golden sand desert becomes a sparkling white salt desert as it enters Gujarat.

Amazing desert landscapes can also be found in the country's north. Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, which are located in the Himalayas, are regarded as cold deserts. Due to their location on the leeward side of the Himalayas, neither location experiences a lot of rainfall.


About 575 kilometers from Jaipur, in the middle of the Thar Desert, is a city that proudly displays its golden façade. That’s none other than Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

Yellow sandstone is used to build the majority of the city's structures, including palaces, temples, and homes. Golden sand that sparkles is so abundant that it even covers the nearby desert. As a result, this medieval city has acquired the moniker "Golden City".

It bears the name of the Maharaja of the area at the time, Rawal Jaisal, who founded the city in the 12th century. Visitors to this area come primarily for the nearby sand dunes in Jaisalmer. Sam Sand Dunes, about 40 kilometers from the city, are well-known for their opportunities for desert safaris.

One of the best deserts in India for discovering distinctive desert wildlife is this one. In this national park, it's common to see chinkaras, also known as Indian gazelles. Additionally, you might see a wolf, hedgehog, desert cat, or desert fox.

With the help of public transportation and private buses, Jaisalmer is well-connected by road to many cities in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Jodhpur, which is nearly 280 km from Jaisalmer, is home to the closest airport. From Jodhpur Airport, it is a 5-hour drive.


Bikaner, also known as the "Camel City," provides a grand experience of India's sand deserts. It is located 330 kilometers from Jaipur amidst the Thar desert's undulating sandhills.

The Rathore King Rao Bikaji founded the city of Bikaner in 1488, giving it its name. The city is well known for its majestic views of the desert, red sandstone forts, and unforgettable camel safari adventures.

One of the most impressive buildings in the city, the Junagarh Fort is made of red sandstone and marble. Raja Rai Singh, the sixth king of Bikaner, constructed it in the late 16th century. The fort, which covers an area of 5 hectares, is dotted with stunning palaces, temples, and courtyards.

The camel safari is one of the trip's main highlights in Bikaner. It should ideally be done in the evening to avoid missing Bikaner's vibrant desert sunset.

The desert city also has a unique camel farm that appears to be a research and breeding facility for camels.

This sanctuary is located about 32 km from the city and is home to chinkara, blackbuck, nilgai, desert fox, and a number of different bird species. Imperial sandgrouse flocks are frequently spotted in the sanctuary.


Jodhpur, which is known as the "Blue City," actually looks like it is covered in a blue sheet. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort offers a breathtaking aerial view of the city. Rao Jodha, who founded the city and formerly ruled the modern-day state of Rajasthan, is credited with giving it its name.

From October to March, when the weather turns pleasant, tourists swarm to Jodhpur, one of India's most popular desert destinations.

Great rann of Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch, considered to be India's biggest salt plain, is a region of Gujarat's Kutch district. Popular terminology for it refers to it as the Rann of Kutch, which is a slight misnomer.

In actuality, the Rann of Kutch is made up of two deserts. The Greater Rann of Kutch covers an area of 7500 square kilometers. The Little Rann of Kutch is a nearby, marginally smaller salt desert.

The Great Rann is completely submerged by rain during the monsoon season. As the floodwaters recede after the rainy season, the area begins to dry and transforms into a salty marshland. 

From December to February, the Rann Utsav festival is a lavish display of music and folk dance. It is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world and one of the Great Rann's main draws.

Dhordo, a village, is where the festival is organized.

Little run of Kutch

One of India's most distinctive deserts is the Little Rann of Kutch.

It is located in Gujarat's Kutch district, about 170 kilometers from Ahmedabad. The Wild Ass Sanctuary, one of India's largest wildlife sanctuaries, is located in the 4,954 sq km-large Little Rann. It is home to some extremely rare wildlife, including short-eared owls and wild asses.


Ladakh, a place with high mountain passes, is located in the far north of India. In the local language, "La" means passes and "Dakh" means many. Therefore, the high-altitude passes are where Ladakh gets its name. 

Ladakh has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, with its dry mountains, glacial lakes, and winding trails. It is among India's most magnificent cold deserts.

Spiti Valley

The Spiti Valley is a high-altitude desert in Himachal Pradesh that is encircled by impressive mountain ranges. It has an abundance of scenic beauty.

The Spiti Valley's surreal landscape, which includes charming villages, tall mountains covered in little vegetation, deep gorges, and glacial streams, is impressive. 

A well-known Buddhist religious hub is located in this chilly desert mountain valley. Some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the world can be found there.

The two most well-known monasteries in the valley are Kye Gompa (Ki Monastery) and Tabo Monastery. The Tabo Monastery, which was established in the tenth century, is regarded as the valley's oldest monastery.

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