Camel Safari

Trip Start Feb 13, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Golden City and Deep Mahal

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Monday, February 22, 2010

Michael here (I'm sure you've all guessed that Becca wrote the other entries).

So at our hotel which we had booked for the sole reason that it had a swimming pool and we needed to soak ourselves in the dry desert air.

Jaisalmer is quite small made up mostly of the impressive fort. Inside it has bazaars and havelis which we got lost in many times. We met a Dutch guy called Frank (blone guy in pictures - looks a bit like Joe) who we went to the Jain temples with. As mesmerizing as all of these temples are we are already getting a bit bored of them, but still feel obliged to go and see.

The place is full of tourists with most are there the camel safari. We couldn't decide whether to do the touristic or non touristic option that was a bit more expensive. We decided on the non touristic option and with my incredible haggling ability I also managed to get us 2 free nights at the hotel who were organizing our trek. All of it was set-up by 'Little Jonny' who had the most peculiar Indian-English accent.

So we set off on our safari the next day at 9 and visited yet another temple and some very primitive villages, which is where the group of boys in the pictures lived.

Our camel safari guide was called Jonny - spoke awful english and had big buck - but we can't blame him for that. Becca's camel was called Peacock and mine was called Cabul.

We stopped for lunch where Jonny made us chapatis and an Indian meal from the bare essential utensils. After 3 more hours of camel riding (which I found most painful on the thighs and other arse region we found a spot in the dunes where we set up camp. Here Jonny made us dinner and we sat on top of a dune to watch the sun set, which was B E A utiful. Once it was fully dark there were more stars than I have ever seen (but not as many as I thought there would be - weird). The sleep was a bit chilly and we were a worried about the desert bugs.

The next day we had a few more hours of painful riding and stopped at a gypsy town. Once we get the videos on you can see them singing.

Becca's heart strings were pulled a bit by our camel man, Jonny, as he led a hard life. She vowed that if she gets rich she will come back and build a school in his village.

Overall we really enjoyed Jaisalmer and the camel safari despite the injuries we are now nursing.

Now we are in Jodphur and will update you with that soon.

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franny on

sand dunes look beautiful - am still very jealous!!!!!!!

Susan on

So amazing ...Camels seems a little bit dirty but very lovely and experience to travel there....Hope to find some friends on and let's go together.

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