Hotel Monsoon Palace
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After sunset we went back to the little hotel place in the
desert. The ground was like packed mud
or something – very strange but it felt nice under your feet. A group of guys started playing Rajasthani
music (Rajasthan is the state we are in).
The hotel brought us drinks and snacks while they played music for about
Not only did ...
... It was an arranged marriage and he had never met his wife to be (small town India, it wasn't hard to find out the details). The lassi was delicious and the shop was good fun but we did get the ear chewed off us by the owner's brother for an hour.
Anyway, we went back to Renuka and Mr. Sunny asked us if we would like him to organise a camel safari. He wasn't pushy, we thought about it and decided to do it. For 2.5 days it cost €30 euro ...
Well, after a remarkable run of 29 days with no real mishaps, today saw our first nightmare! The journey from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer was decent enough. Our driver is friendly and his car is a new, large Toyota (I'm unsure of the model). I think it took close to 6 hours with a couple of breaks.
When we arrived in Jaisalmer we pulled up in the car park and took a tuk tuk to our pre-booked hotel inside the medieval ...
... dunes ahead and to the left of us but clearly we were heading to a spot to be away from anyone else, not that we'd seen any other tourists all day.
Eventually, bums numbed to the bone, we pulled up at what was to be our spot for the night. We jumped off our camels and felt the sand between our toes, so fine! It felt bliss, I just needed to see the sea and palm trees, oh wait-that bit is later in the trip. Starting to crave a beach now! The desert dunes were cool, they ...
... side of my foot and it bloody hurt. While Harriet was putting the boots to me, Cathy’s cantankerous camel, Gertrude, decided she had an itch that could best be scratched by dragging herself through a particularly vicious looking thorn bush. Unfortunately, as she broadsided Cathy through the bush the cruel, inch-long spikes tore through her pants and scraped up her leg.
Bloody belligerent beasts.
The Thar Desert was dotted with low scrub ...