Glad to put Jodhpur behind us, we arrived in the middle of the Thar desert at Jaisalmer. We were greeted by a melee of eager hotel touts being kept back by heavy handed soldiers with big wooden sticks! One guy came too close for their liking and felt the full force of the stick! Welcome to Jaisalmer!!
After this though, we have loved this place. Our guesthouse (kindly recommended by Niki and Paul) is a quintessential Indian Haveli and we received a free upgrade from the friendly owners - result!
! The town itself is relatively small and is centred around a sandstone fort rising from the desert - very Indiana Jones!! Every street is a golden photo opp and at night looks like a fairytale city. The hassle factor is also refreshingly minimal compared to the bigger cities! Weve also met fellow travellers - Emma from Brighton and Pkl (??) from Shanghai who we shared dinner with last night - really nice guy and we may meet him in Nepal for our trek? Yesterday was a great day until we experienced a little taste of 'Delhi belly' in our hotel room - Leah from both ends matt from just one!!! We think watered down orange juice was the filthy culprit!! OK today though!! And dont worry Kathy, Leah's toe is getting better!
We are looking forward to arriving in Pushkar on Thursday as we have heard good things - but the 12 hour overnight bus journey to get there may be rather interesting!!
Muchos love to all!!
Our bad luck in Jodhpur continued into our final morning as we were rudely awoken at 3.45am by our rickshaw driver!! 45 minutes early and demanding double the fare to wait around!! We had no choice but to agree but we reckon it might have been a scam?!?!? To make matters even worse the train was an hour late and arrived at 615am so we could have enjoyed more of a lie in!!