Trip Start Feb 13, 2010
55Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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Where I stayed
Golden City and Deep Mahal
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
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
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.