Road Journey Across Sand Dunes

 

We had planned to explore Desert Circuit by road. The cities that we finalised for this journey were Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. The roads in Rajasthan are in good shape as compared to other parts of India and this makes road travel a pleasing experience. The travel in India always throws beautiful experiences. While our stay in Jaisalmer, we have planned to cover “Tanot” and “Longewal” as well. Both are border areas adjoining Pakistan and famous in their own ways. Tanot is a place famous for “Tanot Mata Temple” i.e. Temple of Mother Goddess Tanot. It has a history going back to 1965 India-Pakistan war, which I will cover in a separate post. Tanot is about 120 kms from the city of Jaisalmer and Longewal is further 40 kms. 

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Thorny Bushes

The road till Tanot and from Tanot to Longewal is a desert and some of it also falls in the “Desert National Park”. While driving you might also encounter Black Bucks and The Great India Bustard, a endangered bird specie, if you are lucky. 

Once you cross the city of Jaisalmer and reach Ramgarh which is about 65 kms from the city, the picture starts changing, less vegetation, Acacia and thorny bushes and very less traffic. Ramgarh is the last major town on this route. The roads along border are maintained by BRO-Border Road Organisation and they do some wonderful task of maintaining the same in very harsh conditions. 

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BRO is always ready

It took us about 4 hours to reach Tanot. This is the place up to which one can go without permit. If you want to see the International Border which is BP 609 (Border Post 609) then you need to take a permit from BSF office. You should check at Ramgarh, because at times the same is issued from there, otherwise the same can be collected at Tanot only. Permit is not a guarantee, it depends on conditions on the border. We spent some time in the temple and took blessing of goddess and moved further to Longewal. 

The road from Tanot to Longewal is isolated and beautiful. you will not get any mobile connectivity and if you face some problem with the vehicle then only army and BSF can help you. You have to wait till the time some vehicle passes by, it could be hours. There are small hamlets in between. We also stopped to feel the heat in the month of October and enjoy few moments on the sand dunes. We also witnessed large plastic containers kept along side road, which were used for water storage, which I believe was done by BSF. From Longewal there is another road that connects Ramgarh. Longewal has war museum and you can see Tanks of Pakistan captured and kept there.

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Sand Dunes
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Village
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Harsh Conditions for animals too
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Storage

Thought the journey for us was enjoyable but wandering at the life of people of these hamlets made us think how harsh conditions could be. We get everything in those supermarkets or get the same delivered at doorstep, we waste so much of water never ever realizing the value of same for these people. We have so much to complain about our city life, about the facilities that we get but we never think and compare our self with people living in these harsh conditions and are still happy. There are always few lessons to be learnt from Travel Across India.

Few things to remember

Always keep enough water while going there.

Tanot has a canteen managed by BSF which serves water, cold drinks, Samosa and Pakoras, but it is advisable to keep some eatables in your car.

There is an ICICI bank ATM at Tanot.

Always check your tyre pressure and make sure you have enough fuel.

Always keep type Inflator and Puncture repair kit for any emergency.

 

27 thoughts on “Road Journey Across Sand Dunes

  • September 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm
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    My goodness, tough life there. But at the same time, there is beauty in such area..wow!

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    • September 20, 2017 at 3:48 am
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      there is beauty….. and to enjoy the same you have to take some risks……

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    • September 20, 2017 at 7:43 am
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      its a beautiful experience Pooja…. a very different kind of world altogether……

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        • September 20, 2017 at 7:47 am
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          Yes….. you can go to Bikaner or Jodhpur to experience the same…..

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          • September 20, 2017 at 7:56 am
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            there is a place called Osian near Jodhpur which has sand Dunes….. Rather you should plan a trip of the desert circuit comprising of Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur itself…. 8-10 days….

  • September 20, 2017 at 8:19 am
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    There are always lessons to be learnt from our travels, which is so true. It’s hard to imagine life in such places. Thanks Sudhir for sharing this!

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    • September 20, 2017 at 9:02 am
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      yes…. though I enjoyed my journey but still I wonder about their tough life…..

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  • September 20, 2017 at 10:41 am
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    It does sound like quite a journey getting there! Great to hear that you made it and sounds like quite the experience 🙂

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  • September 22, 2017 at 2:03 am
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    Tough terrains make for beautiful landscapes! 🙂 Beautiful captures, Sudhir!

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    • September 23, 2017 at 3:36 am
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      you will love the scene if you love deserts…… and a road journey across was amazing…..

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  • September 22, 2017 at 10:10 pm
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    A desert journey sounds like quite an adventure! Thanks for taking us along!

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  • September 23, 2017 at 5:06 am
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    Wow, seems like a must visit !! Thank you for sharing your adventure with us 🙂

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  • September 26, 2017 at 6:32 am
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    What a post. I have seen sand dunes only on the Canary Island where tourist love them. We have some, but areas are small.

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    • September 26, 2017 at 6:41 am
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      Thanks for your appreciation…… Sand Dunes are a very different kind of experience…….

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  • September 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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    Wow. I can’t even imagine driving 4 long hours through the desert. Sounds like you had a nice and educational trip though. Thank you for stopping by my blog and checking out my travel photos.

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    • September 28, 2017 at 9:58 am
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      Yes Lori it was a very nice trip….. I believe that travel is the best teacher…. and yes I learnt few good things……

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