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Astonishing is the work of the wind to create amazing textures like these on the sand dunes of Sam. They resemble Giant Footprints left behind by some alien(s), "who would have wandered around the dunes at night"(!). Next day, the dune would shift helped by the swirling winds & with it these amazing natural works of art would erased forever. For scale, note the butt of cigarette in the bottom left.

A punchier version (boosted saturation) in the Workshop.

Undoubtedly the most well known destination in Jaisalmer after the ‘golden fort’, the Sam Sand dunes are a tourist hot spot in more ways than one. 3km long, 1km wide and as much as half a kilometer high, the dunes are as treacherous as they are scenic. If you opt for a camel ride stay very close to your raika (guide) as only he can manoeuvre you through the quicksand, which has sucked many an unwary goat to its gruesome death. There is no vegetation here and the swirling winds are almost as intense as the khamsins (sandstorms) in the Sahara.

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