Golden Sands

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

We had spent enough time in Jodhpur, so we checked out of our hotel and went to the bus station, and grabbed a bus to Jaisalmer. Supposedly, the last town before the desert which heads out towards Pakistan. We knew there were camel treks fom here, which didn't really interest us, but like all good things, we would wait and see what came our way.

The bus, like all buses, was uncomfortable, and by the three hour mark, we had our first tout on the bus, trying to sell us a room/trip. He gave us his card, and as my head was killing me, I decided to sleep the rest of the way. I was awoken by the tout tapping on my leg, telling me we would be there in 5. I grabbed his fingers and told him, to fuck off as I am not happy to be awoken. The bus pulled in, and he thought he owned us. We stepped out into the shit fight of touts and prickshaws. We found one that would give us a free ride, so we took it. His hotel was cheap and clean, so we took it as well.

After dumping our bags, we made our way into the city.all around, the buildings were made of the local honey coloured sandstone, carved balconies were everywhere. Following the streets, we ended up at the gates of the fort. We entered and went through a series of more gates, until we were at the top of the fort. We realised we had made a mistake by not getting a room inside of the fort. So differrent to Jodhpur's. A fort full of life, which tomorrow, we would be part of it.

Once we packed our bags, we checked out and moved into another hotel. The room was half the size and twice the price, but with character. After breakfast, we wandered down to the station and organised our train trip out of there. Amazingly, the idiot working behind the counter, fucked up our tickets and tried to charge us a cancelation fee. I kind of lost it, but the station master sorted that out, and the fee was coming out of the idiots own pocket !!! As the day dragged on, we did nothing. It was so much fun. Now most people come to Jaislamer to do a camel trek, as I explained before, but I wasn't interested, but we decided to go watch the sunset and get an hours camel trek instead. Once at the spot, we jumped on and away we went. Lucy was really enjoying it, but I found it fucking uncomfortable. Eventually we stopped at Sunset View Point. I knew it was, because there was a big fuck off sign telling us. We sat in the dunes, awaiting the sun to go down. We were surrounded by shit loads of Indian tourists, touts, drnk sellers, musicians and dancers, and they were all after our money. We told them all to fuck off and leave us alone. They did for once !!! As we sat, watching the sun go down, I realized it was pretty shit. There was so much pollution, I couldn't believe it, even here in the desert, we couldn't escape it !!! So when it was down, we went back to town, and crashed.

Once we haad risen, we went looking for the Yarney Temples. According to Debbie the Dutchie, they were meant to be great. We asked where they were, but we were pointed in the direction of the Jain Temples. And, these did not disappoint us anyway. They were superbly carved, with Jain images all over them. We managed to see all four of them, taking loads of photos, and managing to not give any donations. We had paid an entrance fee, that was fucking enough !!! We moved onto the local palace. There was 5 storeys but not much info, so we went through it quite quickly. Still, there were some nice views from the top. Once down, we walked out of the fort, down through the town, and into an old house. It was pretty nice seeing the carved sandstone, and the balcony up the top was awsome. We moved on through the town, and out the other side, and the road ended at a lake, which had some paddle wheelers and row boats. Lucy spied a blue swan, so she paid, and away we went. For what is meant to be a premier tourist attraction of Jaisalmer, we were the only ones out there !!!

One last day in Jaisalmer, luckily for us, we had run into the Seppoes, so we dumped our bags in their room. We wandered around pointlessly during the day, until we found another old house to visit. Bigger than yesterdays, but with a display on how old Indians used to live. It was ok, but not much more.

And with that, we had finished Jaisalmer. The fort was great, but there were to many shops selling things, I think every third space was taken by some fucker selling something or other. But really, I still am really enjoying Rajasthan

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