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We were walking along a dusty Jaisalmer alley-like street when Ellen suddenly felt faint. Then she gave me this peculiar look and said, "My name is Alice."
The next thing I knew we were both sliding down a long grassy chute and wound up in wonderland.
Perched on a …
... We wound our way up through 4 defended gates all designed to keep invaders out and specially designed against elephant attacks. Inside were winding alleys with amazing architecture, the usual old crazy houses with stone and rubble lying all about, but also some magnificant carved buildings. The guide who actually lived inside the walls was complaining that all the shops, barbers and fruit shops had disappeared and had been replaced by tourist stalls, most of them ...
... his funeral pyre, and there was also a story of a woman who had to be poisoned because she was accidentally promised to two different men (audio guide: "it was the only politically feasible thing to do"). There were 10 camels waiting for us (2 were in training), and we started our two hour desert walk to our camp site. To get on, the camels sit down on the ground so we can climb onto the saddle. They then stand two legs at a time: first the back ...
... here your beer!"
We got the camels owner to get the beast to sit down and we dismounted and sat in the shade of a dune. He handed me a huge can of beer and Jen her Sprite, before he asked me if I wanted to upgrade to a longneck of Tuborg... I agreed and then he fleeced me for 600 Rupees (about 13 AUD - bloody Aussie prices :) As we sat in the sand and had a drink we surveyed the ethereal scene before us and started laughing. Where the hell were we ...
... only bit of shade as far as the eye could see. Lunch was a delicious cauliflower curry served with biryani rice as well as chapatti, all freshly made with ingredients brought along, and cooked over firewood (no matches or lighters involved).
After resting and trekking for another couple of hours we reached the sand dunes, watched the sun set, and scraped our plates clean of another delicious meal around a camp fire. Our cosy ...