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Damodra Desert Camp
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“I had my sleep after years!”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

I am writing this review after 4 months but it is something I should not miss. The experience at Jaiselmer is nothing but this camp and its people. Prithviji, his cousin (sorry I forgot the name), Raghu (who takes care of the kitchen), and the driver of our jeep, and all the people are amazing. From my off board at the railway station till the I time, I left Jaiselmer, these people were at our service. The driver picked us from Railway station, dropped us at a decent hotel to freshen up. We had our lunch and went for sightseeing. It was a special day for me, so I wanted to visit the old Jain temple. He drove out of way to make me visit that. Then, we went to a couple of other places, (an oasis, a fort and a village) – all of which were a great experience.

Then came the main thing – Camel Safari at the Thar Desert. Immense pleasure is the word. 1 hour on the camel was stupendous. No one should miss that. After the safari, we were taken to the camp and I must say – I did not have a more peaceful experience in my lifetime. In the middle of nowhere, with just 6 people in the camp, it was an awesome experience. Snacks, dinner, staff, the amazing folk dance and cultural singers made our night.

I remember to sleep at 12 in the night and when I woke up at 11 in the morning – I realised that I had such a peaceful sleep after, don’t know, how long. No one came to the door, for cleaning, or breakfast. I asked Prithivji, when do we check out, he calmly answered – whenever you feel like Sir, have your breakfast and whenever you want to leave you can leave.

We had our breakfast, and again relaxed for an hour. The driver brought back us to the city where we kept our luggage at Prithviji’s office. We then went to the fort, a haveli and the local market but nothing beats the camp and its people.

Hats off to the people there who run this camp. Must visit place.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

The highlight of our 2400 km road trip in Rajasthan.

Moved as we all were by all of Rajasthan- the stories of bravery, the colorful and warm people, the mesmerizing desert-scape, the intimidating forts, the delicious food, it was Damodara Desert Camps that stands out for bringing the whole desert experience together.

The camp setup is wonderful- away from the main road and other camps. The tents are comfortable and clean, the jeep and camel ride into the desert fantastic, the evening entertainment fun, the food great but the most awesome thing about this place is the supper warm hospitality. Prithvi (owner), Crystal, and all the staff were so warm and caring. We were travelling with 2 kids (6 and 9) and they too had the most amazing time and found a great friend in Crystal and Bruno (4 month old lab). Crystal- thanks for your patience and indulging the kids.

Definitely coming back!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Noida, India
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

This was definitely one of the most exciting, interesting and unforgettable parts of our Jaisalmer trip. Be it the village safari, visit to the beautiful sand dunes or the evening in the camp with Rajasthani folk performers---everything organized by them was perfect and mesmerizing. They transported us to the dream world and made everything look beautiful. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The promoter Prithvi made all the efforts to make his guests comfortable. Food was nice, camp was comfortable and there were all the required facilities. Would definitely love to visit again!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We really enjoyed our jeep trip to the dunes, the visit to the village where we we able to talk to the women, and the fort.The camel ride and the sunset in splendid isolation were delightful. At the Camp we were entertained by traditional musicians and dancers around a lovely campfire, wrapped in blankets and eating pakoras. Very special.

We were less impressed by the average food on offer, the tents, and the fact that we only saw Prithvi for a few minutes. Our jeep driver also spent more time talking on his mobile phone than talking to us. All this was a bit disappointing after the good TripAdvisor reviews.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Damodra_Desert_Camp, Manager at Damodra Desert Camp, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking your time to write a review on tripadvisor.
We are happy to hear you enjoyed most of your trip. On the other hand, we are sorry you were disappointed with us.
Please accept my apologies for not spending enough time with you, and also for our jeep driver.
Trust we are doing our best to improve all our services and aspects of our camp to make for an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Best regards,
Prithvi and staff
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

First things first....You get what you are promised...

The camp started with a camel ride which took us to sand dunes...the porters and the drivers were well behaved and welcoming. We enjoyed ourselves till dusk then we were taken to camp site....ride was way to dust (but can you avoid that in a desert?)

It was nice welcome we received at the reception. The cherry on top was the dance/music troop they had...it was authentic Rajasthani folk sons. the singer were awesome. the dinner was simple but delicious.

our was a one night stay but we enjoyed to the core...i will surly visit it the next time i visit Jaisalmer.

Keep up the good work team. :)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Super Desert Camp made better by Prithvi & Kristin - super secluded location, fun ambience, hospitality straight from the HEART and an overall superlative experience.
See you again soon; Prithvi & Kristin.
A must visit and stay at Damodra if you are in Jaisalmer and want to experience the Thar Desert safari and views.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Damodra_Desert_Camp, Manager at Damodra Desert Camp, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the kind and candid review. We are so happy you came to stay with us, and we all enjoyed your warm and open natures. As well as the great ideas you shared with us.
We will look forward to welcoming you back next season, and we are excited to see what you think of the changes we will have made.
Please feel free to contact us in the future if we can be of service to you in any way.

Warm regards,
Prithvi, Kristin and staff
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

There is absolutely nothing wrong here. Sure when you go looking for it you will find it but that is the coolest thing about this place. You really dont want to go looking. That, I think is the mark of great hospitality.

We arrived in the city in the peak of winter and the camp administrators had arranged a pick up at the station. Not a fancy ride but a hardy jeep which showed us the sights of the city and surrounding places. This part was typically going to an oasis, seeing the sand dunes, some old villages, etc.

The evening at the camp itself was culturally influenced with the food and entertainment being very very local.

But what stood out through the entire experience was the hotel staff, the manager and the over all sense of being truly welcomed into someone's home rather than the casual aloofness one experiences in most hotels.

Siffuce to say this was a truly memorable trip and made more enjoyable thanks to the good folks at Damodara.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Damodra_Desert_Camp, Manager at Damodra Desert Camp, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear Guest,

We appreciate you taking the time to write your detailed and candid review on tripadvisor. We are very happy to know you enjoyed your stay with us. It was such a pleasure to meet you and be of service to you.
We would love to welcome you back in the future.

Warm regards,
Prithvi and staff
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Property: Damodra Desert Camp
Address: Sam Road | Damodra Village, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 219 Speciality Lodging in Jaisalmer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Damodra Desert Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Damodra Desert Camp is run and operated by Prithvi Singh from Damodra village and our camp is located in the heart of the world famous Thar Indian Desert just 30km from Jaisalmer (The Golden City). We provide an unforgettable desert camp experience in our fully equipped deluxe swiss tents. Included in our price: a camel safari where we will take you to watch the beautiful sunset over our peaceful and private dunes. In the evening we will return you to the camp for traditional Rajasthani folk dance and music, appetisers, chai, coffee, and mineral water, we offer other beverages at a charge. We will then serve you a delicious Rajasthani buffet dinner. After a peaceful nights sleep enjoy our Indian style buffet breakfast, or fresh eggs made to order. Our camp includes 10 Swiss tents equipped with modern comforts and amenities including large beds, quality white linens, hot/cold water, shower, ayurvedic toiletries and western toilet with sanitary shower. We also provide a dining room, lounge hall and entertainment/campfire area. All of our tents have a/c and heaters. Our dining room and reception are also a/c. With magical sunsets, sunrises and perfect star filled night skys, you will enjoy a truly unique experience. Come and see what all the fuss is about! ... more   less 
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