Samsara Luxury Resort and Camp Review
Glamping in India – A Day and Night under the Sun and Stars!
The Samsara Luxury Resort and Camp is located in Dechu, a village in the Jodhpur district of the Indian state of Rajasthan approx. 115km from Jodhpur city.
We arrived at The Samsara resort around noon, a little early for check-in but we were all so excited to finaly arrive at this dessert oasis that we want to leave ourselves plenty of time for all the activities we had planned!
- Jeep Safari
- Camel Safari
- Dinner under the Stars
Upon arrival the manager greeted and welcomed us, he informed us that we are still a little early to go out to the camp site but we should have a nice lunch by the pool before our driver would pick us up for our dune safari and then drive us over to our Camp.
The Samsara is split into two resorts. You can stay at the Property Houses at the Resort which include swimming pool, spa, a conference hall, a shop, restraunts and bar or the Dessert Campsite featuring 21 luxury tents with a dinning tent, bar and evening entertainment. The two resorts are approx. a ten minute jeep ride apart. So you have to choose one or the other.
We choose the dessert campsite! Which I would highly recommend to anyone who is up for a bit of an adventure!
And off we went… over the rolling sand dunes of Dechu. Looking at the picture here of our Jeep ontop of the dune it doesn’t look so steep but when your sitting in the car ontop it looks like it is going straight down. It was tons of fun and the kids loved it. We saw many wild animals along the way. Our guide asked us if we wanted to visit a local family to see how they live in the coutryside, we of course said yes. We visited a family of 8 who were friends of our guide. He also lives near by, actually most of the people employeed at the Resort are locals. It was a lovely visit which ended in drinking a cup of Chai together .
Finally we arrived at the Dessert Camp, where we were greeted by a lovely French Canadian assistant, she showed us to our tent (Tented Suites) and I must say these are probably the most beautiful tents I’ve ever seen. Luxury Glamping big time! They only have 4 of these and 17 standard luxury tents. The batheroom was bigger than the one I have at home! Not to mention there was yet another shower in our back yard.
We got changed quickly and went back down towards the entrance of the camp where two camels were waiting to take us on a sunset safari. It looked gorgeous and fun and everything I imagined it to be, however, my son and I did not have a happy camel. But that’s another story which you can see for your selves.
We rode the camels to the top of the dune and there waiting just for us was a Tea and Coffee service with biscuits and little snacks. It was breathtaking and my heart was filled with gratitude ( that I survived the camel trek) and thankfulness. It was a lovely gesture. We stayed ontop of the dune until the sun set and took a Jeep! back down.
DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT
After a quick shower and changewe walked towards the restaurant where again we were greeted with a gin tonic and apéro while we ( the four of us) watched a traditional folk dance performed just for us. Dinner was served ontop of the dune at a private table under the stary sky. Instead of the traditional menu, the cook made a special Maharashtrian wedding dinner for us which was delicious.
Our path back to our tents was lit up with tiny gas lanterns. The camp looked magical with the dark stary sky and these tiny lights guiding us to our beds. It was a great day!
In the morning coffee and orange juice were bought to our tents. There was perfect silence around me as I sat down on my porch to drink my coffee, a few salamaders ran by and the birds were cherping. Have a look here 06:30
We made our way down to the dinning tent and again were greeted by a traditional Rajasthani musician who played the Pungi, a traditional instrument also used by snake charmers while we ate our delicious breakfast. We were very sad to leave this lovely place and we wished we would have booked two nights instead of just one. But this one day was so perfect and we did so much that the memories and stories will last us a lifetime.
Thank you Samsara!!