Camel Safari!

Trip Start Feb 27, 2010
Trip End May 07, 2010

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It's been a pretty crazy last few weeks. I think I last left off when we were in Jaipur. From Jaipur we took a 14 hour train ride to Jaisalmer. The train network here is pretty good, although a little slow, it's pretty reliable. I would say most people use the train as their primary means of transport. You definitely cannot fly a lot of places here. There are multiple train classes and usually we try and book a class called AC2, a sleeper class with air conditioning, nice, but not as nice as first class, yet cheaper. Unfortunately everything was sold out, AC2 and first class so we put our names on a waiting list for first class. Thankfully we got off the waiting list and were upgraded to what I would call first class supreme. We had a private cabin with four beds, only one of which was occupied when we got in. Typically all the beds are in a hall and nothing is enclosed in all the other classes, including regular first class. For the fourteen hour ride it was a very nice convenience. Trains here are fairly cheap, and I think our fourteen hour ride, even in first class was only $40.
In Jaisalmer, the "gold city", most buildings are made out of sandstone, including the fort that contains much of the city. There isn't a whole lot going on in Jaisalmer, although we went there so we could take a camel safari. After an hour jeep ride, we met our camels. Julie, myself, two guides, and a nice and young german couple embarked for a few hours of riding, a long lunch, and a little more riding before coming upon a very beautiful and enormous set of sand dunes. We camped on the dunes and slept out under the stars which was fun.We even talked one of our guides into riding in the dark to the next village, less then forty minutes away, to get us all some cold beer to enjoy by the fire. All in all the two day affair was a great experience although I can't imagine how some people could stand doing week long or even three day trips. Riding a camel is not the most comfortable experience to say the least. We then took a 6 hour train ride to Jodphur.
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