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10 unforgettable desert adventures

By: Josh Lew on April 29, 2013, 11:29 a.m.
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Thar Desert, India

The Thar Desert offers a diverse set of landscapes and plenty of colorful culture. This desert, which sits in the northern Indian region of Rajasthan, is one of the most heavily populated in the world. It boasts numerous small villages and desert cities. Eco-tourism is a growing industry in Rajasthan, with camel tours and dune treks among the list of possibilities.

Many tours include a cultural aspect, focusing on the timeless and colorful practices of the Thar's people as much as on the desert landscapes. Some of the cities on the edge of the desert, such as Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, date back a thousand years or more. These places are as much a part of the Thar adventure as the desert itself.