Famous for its sand dunes, Khuri is a small village about 50 km south-west of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Though lesser known than the Saam sand dunes, 40 km to the north-west, Khuri is less crowded and provides a more enjoyable experience. The magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes shining golden as the sun makes its way on the horizon, riders on gaily decorated camels or the stillness of the desert; picture postcard memories which Khuri offers in abundance. Yet to figure prominently on the tourist map, Khuri has escaped commercialization and the hordes that descend to visit the sand dunes. The sand dunes of Thar desert can be reached from the village within 30 minutes, lesser if you are travelling by a vehicle. Signs of development are visible in Khuri as more and more people discover it. Locals have also been quick to exploit the increasing popularity of the village. Stay in the houses made from mud and straws is the USP of several homestays in Khuri.
Visitors to Khuri split their sojourn into a night in the village and one in the desert. A night in the desert offers an ideal setting to star gaze. To entice the visitors, bonfires accompanied with folk songs and Kalbeliya dance are a common routine. Camel races and camel polo are also arranged for the entertainment of the tourists. There really is nothing else for you to do in Khuri. Days are spent idling in the sun, partaking of authentic Rajasthani meals, witnessing sunrises and sunsets from the sand dunes. If interested in birding or wildlife in general, Khuri offers vantage points to watch the Demoiselle crane or the Great Indian Bustard. A trip to Desert National Park (DNP), about 65 km north of Khuri, can also be clubbed with a trip to Khuri. One of the largest national parks in the country, DNP’s population consists of over 120 resident and migratory birds.
Khuri: On the fringes of Thar
I normally desist from sharing details of remote getaways that I come across. But you can blame it on the high this last one has left me in, which makes me want to talk about it profusely. Khuri is a little village, 50 km from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, close to the Thar desert. How close? About 25 minutes walk from the village centre takes you to the sand dunes. It really was the back of the beyond till a few years ago when everyone who wanted to see the desert went to the Saam dunes. However, as Saam gets increasingly crowded, expensive and filthy, people are discovering Khuri as a cleaner and more peaceful alternative. There are a couple of resorts on the outskirts of the village now, in addition to the older, more authentic home stays. I chose to give the resorts a miss and head to Badal House. Badal Singh, who runs the oldest home stay, is a man of some stern (and impressive) beliefs. For instance, he refuses to run a full house because he doesn’t want to burden his family with excess work. Or that whether New Year or not, he gives out rooms at the same rate all year round, food included.
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HOW TO REACH – KHURI
The closest airport is at Jodhpur about 310 km from Khuri. The airport is connected to Mumbai and Delhi. Pre-paid taxis or private vehicles can be hired from the airport to reach Jaisalmer. Taxis, jeeps, SUVs and buses are available from Jaisalmer to Khuri.
Jaisalmer railway station is the nearest railhead about 50 km from Khuri. It is connected to many destinations like Jodhpur, Delhi and Mumbai. Taxis, jeeps, SUVs and buses are available from Jaisalmer to Khuri.
Khuri is connected to the neighboring cities by decent roads. Deluxe, semi-deluxe and AC buses ply from Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Delhi to Jaisalmer.