How I did it: I love the fact that in 2012 things just fall in place even though I do not really plan anything properly.
We went to Morocco with a group of Erasmus students and the journey should originally only be a surfing trip, but we split the group and four of us went into the desert for 2 days and that is the place where I have mounted a camel for the first time of my life :-)
It wasn't even as uncomfortable as everyone told me it would be - I guess the boys of our group might tell you different things, but I liked it a lot, if I ever go back to the desert I will give it another try! Read how I did it… 5 months ago
Hopefully, the political situation in Egypt clears up a bit by Summer 2014 as I really would love to visit Cairo (and maybe Alexandria), to see the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and to ride a camel in the desert.
I know, odd goal, but for someone who has lived a stable, typical city-style life my whole life (read: sheltered from certain experiences), this is something I would absolutely love to do. At least just once in my life, since opportunities like this are hard to come by. You only live once, right? 5 months ago
I did this when I was in Jaiselmier, Rajasthan, India (very close to Pakistani border). Jaiselmier is a beautiful city, very unique. I was there for 2 days during a 3 week trip to India.
I also went to Jaipur, Rajasthan, which is the capital city. Jaipur is very dirty. The real beauty of Rajasthan can be seen after you leave the city. We took a train from Jaipur to Jaiselmier and that’s when you see the sand dunes, the beautiful huts, costumes etc. of the people in the villages.
Jaiselmier is very rural so make sure you get proper vaccines and medications if you’re traveling from U.S. or another country.
My camel ride was a very short one in the desert in the sand dunes. They also had overnight camel safaris there which would have been really cool.
You sit really high and the scary part is when its time to get off and the camels sit down really suddenly. They are peaceful creatures!
If you want a real adventure: try an overnight camel safari. They take you along the desert via camels, you camp out overnight, and all food is carried via camels, you stop and eat in the desert!
Food during Camel Safari:
A Family In Rajasthan (I went inside one of these huts, they are really clean. The natives don’t want you taking their photos!!)
A Cute Little Boy
6 months ago