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Khuri is a small village around 45 km from Jaisalmer.


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  • By Taxi, From Jaisalmer station or Hanumant chaura taxis are easily available to take you to Khuri. Price as of Jan 2012 is Rs 600 for Tata Indica, Rs 800-1000 for Tata Sumo.
  • By Auto Ricksaw, You can also get auto ricksaws from Jaisalmer to take you to Khuri. Price as of Oct 2014 is Rs 500-800 for the return journey. There are a few auto drivers from Khuri Village itself and you save on their night charges. One of the auto driver is Prabhu who is from Khuri and lives just next to the Badal Singh/Arjun guest house mentioned below. He can be reached at +91-7726922752/+91-7023553082
  • By Bus, It's about a two hour direct bus ride from Jaisalmer. The bus leaves from a 'bus station' 100m east of the entrance to the lake, on rd '15', just after it splits from Gadisar Rd. You'll know you're in the right place if there is a small shrine at the base of a sloping tree. Buses leave from that side of the road on a rough schedule, so you'll have to ask. Warning - The ticket sellers on this route are particularly fond of overcharging (up to Rs150 each way per person), by making up a fictitious 'luggage charge' and 'convenience charge'. The price is currently Rs35 each way (June 2012), so be sure to not overpay. Make sure to ask the price of the trip from other bus riders to make it easier, otherwise taking a photo of the offending conductor will often do the trick.

The bus to Khuri leaves from Gadisar lake between 9:30 am to 10 am and the return bus is approximately at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm from Khuri to Gadisar lake. The cost is 30 rupees, December 2012. To get to gadisar lake one can find, tempo rickshaw, referred by locals people from Hanuman circle for 10 rupees. Also tempos can be stopped on gadisar road which takes people to gadisar lake with same price. Alternatively taxis, private rickshaw, are also available for approximately 40 rupees from Hanuman circle to Gadisar lake. After arrival to Khuri, you have many guest houses inside the village and the cost for safari can range from 450 rupees to higher price as of December 2012.

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  • Camel Safari, To near by sand dunes. During summer almost all operators only offer day trips leaving in the afternoon and returning the next morning (see below) due to the heat. Do consider if you really want to ride during the hottest afternoon sun, and check that whoever you go with has shade . You might be able to spot black bucks on the edge of the desert, if you're lucky
  • Desert Camping, Various guest house owner at Khuri can arrange for you to stay a night in nearby desert among sand dunes. The typical tour starts around 3:30 in evening when you start on a camel back for a 1.5 - 2 hour journey to reach an isolated sane dune in desert. Each travel party is accompanied by one or more camel man who also prepare food in the night by using fire wood. Tipping is often expected, as is a visit via their house so their children can ask for tips (not expected).

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  • Badal House, 45 KM away from Jaisalmer at Khuri village, Accommodation in the house of Mr. Badal Singh. You can make bookings in advance by calling on his number +91-8107339097. Rent Rs 500 Per night (as of Oct 2014). He charges 50 rupees extra if you are planning to camp overnight in the desert (you will probably be expected to tip the camel guy another 100, but for the experience, all this money spent is more than worth it!) Recommended for those looking for a more peaceful experience than one gets at SAM Sand dunes. Badal Singh is a fantastic human being. You will be treated to a cup of hot tasty chai with milk from his own goats. Experiences don't get more authentic than this. Expect November/December to be crowded, so call well in advance. October would be ideal as you'll probably be the only person on the sand dunes.
  • Ajun guesthouse, (On the main st, which is a right hand turn from the bus stop). They organise a Rs500 per person (ideally minimum two) overnight camel trek. No room charge if you do, but you can leave your bags in a room overnight if he's not booked out. Lovely host. He's not that pushy, even if he does meet you at the bus stop. Be a little wary of the food - once contained off milk. Rs 150 in the off season, Rs300 in peak, all including food.  edit


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