LIVING IN A LIVING MUSEUM
Trip Start Sep 02, 2012
42Trip End Oct 10, 2012
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Where I stayed
Deepak Rest House Jaisalmer
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Exploring the Fort
Arrive at the luxurious Deepak Hotel midday. It's not really luxurious, but after our 18 hr train journey, believe me this is Shangri La! Friendly, comfortable and clean - pure luxury. Our hotel is within the walls of the fort. It is the only fort in the world that is still inhabited, hence it has been referred to as a living museum. Building began in 1156 and took 100 yrs to complete. It has been built from sandstone and, considering it's age, is in remarkable condition. We were unable to go inside the royal palaces as they, along with a couple of other buildings, are having a little bit of restoration. I cannot describe and do justice to the intricate lattice work that adorns every building.
This morning we have a local guide to take us to a few of the more important buildings and give us more of the history of Jaisalmer.
After a bit of lunch some of us decided to go for a swim at the Royal Palace Hotel.
Reincarnation: If you died and went to heaven and God said to you, "right you've had a go at being a human being, this time you have to be an animal, any requests?" I would strongly recommend as your 1st choice to be a cow in a Hindu city.
I would now like to share this top ten tip with you. Never walk along staring up at the buildings in a Hindu city no matter how fabulous they are. Always stop, then take a good look. If you don't follow this advice there is a 100% chance that you will be caked in cow plop 10 mins into your walk.
Do I have a flashing beacon on my head that says 'pick me', 'pick me'? Every time we walk through the Fort, the traders pick me out. "Please madam would you come with me and I will show you the most precious bedspread, very cheap, you don't have to buy, you just look". Me: "Not today". Trader "What time tomorrow? I'll be waiting for you". Stupid me, I just kept saying not now. My 'not now' finally arrived on the eve of Wed 5th. Doris wanted to buy a leather bag she'd seen earlier. I was again stopped by 3 traders who I had made these empty promises to. I thought by the time we made our way back to the hotel it would be in the cloak of darkness, and I could slip by without being noticed. No such luck! They were laying in wait, and I had to honour my promises. Doris & I had to sit through 3 showings of most precious bedspreads and quilts, even though I assured them that we would not be buying anything. I had almost lost the will to live by the time we had sat through the 3rd one. At the end of each showing when we stood up to go, they said "well at least you can buy some cushion covers". They never give up. However I will say, that when they finally accept that you are not going to buy, they take it well and most times with humour.
Some good sales pitches: Hello lady let me help you spend your money.
Hello lady come over here and give me the chance to rip you off. I like that one.
Some of our touring party have become roof dwellers. The staff at the Deepak kit them out with blankets & cushions so that they can sleep up there and enjoy the lovely cool evening breezes. Fred & I would love to be that adventurous, but alas, Fred has to visit the bathroom a couple of times a night, and quite often he gets disorientated. I would not be able to sleep a wink, as I would be worried that he might accidentally waz on someone, or wander off over the rooftop edge in search of the toilet door.
After breakfast we headed off with DJ for a walk to the lake, which is also the town's reservoir. It is also home to the ugliest, biggest, gummiest catfish I have ever seen. There are thousands of them, it's no wonder they are so big - they are fed loaves of bread by everyone who visits the lake!
After lunch we set off to the Thar Dessert for a camel safari. We were all really looking forward to riding a camel and camping out. I would just like to mention that we have a very good tour group, every one has gelled very quickly, you can always tell when people are getting along, as they feel comfortable taking the rip when you do something wrong. eg: Doris has paid heavily for her Dora the Explorer escapade.
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