The desert throws up a wonderful landscape with vast tracts consisting of only shifting sands.( see the featured image).
However bountiful rains in the past few years have gradually and dramatically changed the landscape.( see the picture below).
The landscape from atop a Sand Dune
Water however still remains a scarce and precious resource and a patient wait at an Oasis brought this photographer a rich harvest.
The enchanting and breathtaking beauty of the Desert was richly experienced in the able and gentle hands of Chandraveer Singh of Khurja Resorts at Kichan, Rajasthan.
The magical experiences and sightings were far better than with many well manicured Safaris in well known Sanctuaries and Parks across the country.
We covered a vast unexplored area around Kichan to unveil the treasures of the awesome deserts of the region.
No tourists, no set paths, no rules, it was simply Unbridled Nature.
An Oasis in the parched and arid Desert provides both shade and water to the fauna that inhabit it.
A solitary Chinkara nimbly descends the Sand dunes to this watering hole in the Deserts of Rajasthan.
The delicate and nimble Chinkara ( Hindi) is puzzled and scared by our presence .
The Indian Gazelle ( English). Chinkara ( Hindi) , Gazella bennettii ( Scientific name) is native to the region that stretches from Iran to India.
A graceful Gazelle comes for a drink
After having a drink from the cool waters of the Oasis, the graceful Gazelle takes a seat on the slopes of the dunes.
The signature tear like marks from the eyes to the mouth confirm the identity of this inhabitant of the desert.
Relaxed that we are no threat it sun bathes in the glorious winter sun of Rajasthan.
Observe the gorgeous rust coloured fur and ribbed pointed horns.
The Indian Gazelle is herbivorous and survives on shrubs and herbs that grow in the desert.
The males and female Gazelles are distinguished by the size of the horns and I am guessing the one at the Oasis was Mr Gazelle.
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