Nov 20, 2006
Aug 31, 2007
Well Jaisalmer was one of our favourite places in north India - once we moved from our first hotel that is
. One of the touristy things to do in Jaisalmer is a camel safari which our hotel guy tried to sell us for a ridiculous high price even by Aussie standards. We had read in our Lonely Planet that sometimes if they find out you have booked a safari with another company they will kick you out of the hotel. Once we refused to buy the safari the staff weren't so friendly anymore so we found another little place called Hotel Siddartha which was in a better location as it was within the fort walls overlooking the town. The guy who ran the hotel was so friendly and all our food was brought up to our room and one night we even had it on the roof as it was a little cooler (no aircon here!). Unfortunately Damo got ill in Jaisalmer but at least he was staying in a comfortable room and I was able to walk the small streets and go shopping whilst he slept!
We then went on an overnight camel safari and were able to leave our bags at the hotel as we stayed there for another 2 nights before moving on. So if anyone plans to go to Jaisalmer, I highly recommend staying in the fort walls and if you have the time walk around the area and check out all the hotels instead of booking ahead. Then you at least know what you are getting yourself into!
After our village safari day trip in Jodhpur we then jumped on an overnight train to Jaisalmer arriving at 7am. If you ever need to travel in India their train system is very good. You can book ahead online and the fares for the aircon cabins are very very cheap. And you have no trouble finding your seat as there are lists taped up outside with your name and seat number. One hint though - check if food is included with your fare. Damo and I made the mistake once of not checking so ate a full meal before getting on board and when then served a three course meal! Then on our next trip we decided not to eat but of course Murphy's law... food wasn't included! We then had to wait until the train stopped for at least 5 mins so Damo could run out and grab some local fast food which usually burns your mouth off! On most trains there is usually a food cart which goes up and down the cabins but unfortunately not so on that trip.