Sunset camel rides across the Thar desert, evening dancing to local folk music and plush, luxury tents – magic words for desert adventurers. Over at Rajasthan’s Damodra Desert Camp, all of its Swiss cottage tents are air-conditioned, and equipped with comfy beds, premium Ayurvedic toiletries and attached bathrooms. While a typical package includes a camel ride, the more adventurous can opt for an overnight tour of the sand dunes, where you’ll witness the Milky Way and wildlife up close, while others can explore stunning landmarks like the Gadi Sagar Lake and Jaisalmer Fort. Bonus: This camp is all about comfort with a conscience; many of its staff come from the nearby Prithvi Village.
Getting here: Pickups from Jaisalmer Airport or hotels in the area.