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Another beautiful night's sleep at Victoria Hotel – this place has just been fantastic and worth every penny over our normal budget – in fact if we could have this hotel transported all over India for us we would be VERY happy! After a lazy breakfast we met up again with Chris and Nic, this time at the German bakery where we had rested in Holi – they do a mean chocolate croissant. Those guys are heading off this afternoon ...
... goats. Finally, miles beyond the windfarm, we enter a biblical-looking village called Kuhri, located in the Desert National Park, only 50kms from the Pakistani border. The village has seen better days and the dramatic drop in tourist numbers across India this year has done nothing to alleviate the decay. As Ravi follows a sandy track between crumbling houses and cows foraging in heaps of rubbish it isn't looking good, especially for Sheila. Then we turn into a yard and find ...
... lilac pink behind us. Sadly can't see the sun from our seats. Looks like we're not going to be able to move and Iz and Jude unfortunately have some young guys playing Indian music opposite them. Not loud but it might get to one after a while. Hopefully they'll turn it off before sleep time. They did and the only other interruptions were the chai wallah a couple of times and apparently the guard demanding papers form the guys opposite ...
... it, wouldn't you like to tour Bill Gates' house if you could?
The highlight of our day came later. We started out with a ride in a camel cart. It was fun as we rode the desert floor looking for wildlife. This was just the beginning, however. After an hour, we visited a desert encampment where we each mounted a camel for an hour-long safari through the sand dunes. It was terrifying to start. Sitting so high off the ground is scary and ...
... cowpoop finds his way between your toes!
Inside the fort there are more tiny streets with souvernir shops and beautiful temples. The Jaine temples, incredible again made of stone and marble. No idea how it is possible this is made by human hands. Perfectly detailed, 3d carved and thousands of ornaments and statues everywhere you look. Really an amazing piece of art.
Next morning at 6 am our camel safari started, first towards the desert by jeep where ...