There are 3 popular sand dunes in Jaisalmer :
- Khuri sand dunes — It is located 40 kilometres southwest of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, and is a popular tourist destination. It is one of the most well-known and unspoiled natural wonders in the enormous Thar Desert, which provides several great spots for travellers to explore Indian sand dunes. Khuri sand Dunes allows you to camp in the desert, listen to Kalbeliya melodies, ride a camel, experience the local way of life, and shop for gifts in the burgeoning local bazaars. The dispersed mud cottages and simple living of the natives in Rajput land will provide you the best picture of native Rajasthan.
- Sam sand dunes — Sam sand dunes are one of the most authentic desert dune sites in India, with 30-60 metre tall sand dunes and many travellers enjoying a Desert Safari on camels or jeep. Sam is 45 km west of Jaisalmer city, and you can get there by hiring a cab and then staying in one of the many desert camps built within a 2-3 km radius of the sand dunes. The breathtaking sun disappearing beyond the horizon in this gorgeous desert is not to be missed.
- Lodhruva sand dunes — Lodhruva is a community located about 5.5 kilometres from Jaisalmer and is the closest site to witness the sand dunes from Jaisalmer. In comparison to other dunes, the sand dunes here are fairly modest. Arched gateways, carved jaalis, sculptured pillars, and many other details will enchant you. Apart from all the other activities in the sand dune, you may also visit the spectacular Lodhurva Jain temple originally constructed in the pre-12th-century Maru-Gurjara style of the Chalukya Empire. The stay in this sand dune will undoubtedly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you will undoubtedly return home with memories to treasure for the rest of your life.
Apart from these popular sand dunes, there is a lovely mud-brick village called Gumnewala. There is a cluster of magnificent brown houses embellished with white and green decorations on the road from Jaisalmer to Longewala. Gumnewala is the name of the settlement, which meaning “that which becomes lost.”