Jaisalmer

Trip Start Feb 05, 2006
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Monday, April 17, 2006

English - Next stop Jaisalmer AKA Massive Sand Castle in the desert. Situated 160km from the Pakistan boarder in the middle of The Great Thar desert and dominated by a huge sand stone fort that literally rises out of the desert. We stayed in a guest house inside the walls of the fort overlooking the city palace. While here we went on a camel safari for 2 days in the desert. This was incredible and one of the best things we have done so far. We were taken an hour away from the town by jeep through the desert to rendezvous with our transport (Victor and Mr India) and guides (Raju and Socka). Camels are probably the most chilled out animals I have ever met, they even sit down to let you get on. We spent two days trekking through the desert, cooking chapatti on an open fire and visiting a desert village. We camped out on the dunes in our sleeping bags, went to sleep listening to Raju and Socka's songs and awoke to chai and the sun rising over the desert. I thought living with 3 lads in one house at UNI was bad but you try camping down wind of camels, not a pleasant aroma that is for sure. Also inhabiting the dunes are thousands of dung beetles and these guys are cool! They trek about all night looking for fresh dung to wheel back to their little caves, pushing up the dunes and rolling down them with the dung - hilarious! We wish we could have stayed for longer but we had a train to catch to the Punjab and the rocking motion was beginning to ruin my chances of future fatherhood.

Czech - Do mesta Jaisalmar jsme prijeli ve 4 hodiny rano, nastesti nas majitel hostelu vyzvedl na nadrazi. Byli jsme ubytovany primo za hradbami pevnosti pisecneho mesta, ktere lezelo uprostred pouste .Ale je to velice turisticke mesto takze bezpecne.Mistni lide byli velice prijemny, dozvedeli jsme se od nich spousta zajimavych veci jako treba ze zde jsou lide rozdeleni do urcitych kast, nektery maji za rpaci z jejich kasty zametat kazdy den v 6 rano ulice, jiny zase varit capaty[chlep], jiny cistit boty atd., pres ulici naproti nasemu hostelu kazdy cely den sedel jedne starec s dlouhymi rasty, a nic nedelal nez sledoval okoli, bylo nam receno ze pry se zaslibil Bohu Krisna ze 10 let nepromluvi, takze se jen dorozumiva rukama.
Druny den rano jsme se vydali na velbloudi safary na 2 dny. Coz se stalo jeden z nasich nejuzasnejsich zazitku Indie.Doprovazeli nas velice pratelsky dva pruvodci Socka a Radzu , kteri kraceli celoudobu za nama pesky, a mi jsme se pomalu klimbali na nasich velbloudech, muj se jmenoval Mr. India, nikdy jsme snad nevidela tak klidny zvirata.Nasi pruvodci nam varili obed na ohni a pak jsme dale pokracovali pousti az na navstevu male vesnicky s negramotnymi mistnimi, kteri ziji uprostred pouste, nco jsme ztravili v poustnich dunach, s vascinujicim zapadem slunce, vinikajici veceri opet na ohni a zpevem nasich pratel a vypraveni pribehu z Indie.Opravdu nezapomenutelny zazitek.
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mum6
mum6 on

the desert
these pics, are the best of the trip ab fab. Have fun,mum xx

strejda
strejda on

Zdravi strejda
G'day guys, I can see you are enjoying yourself in India. Anyway, I have been told by my mum, who was told by Klara's granma from Cernovice about your plans to visit Oz land. Well if that is the plan, send us an email to Ales.horner@post.cz and we can get introduced over a drink since we haven't met yet. Sort of weird. A tip: If you intend to visit Varanasy, make sure you also visit Dargeeling, my favourite place in India. And when visiting Kolkata you must visit its China town (jump on the tram), the Kalighat Kali Temple (jump on the undeground tube) and Howrah bridge (jump on local buses). From Howrah train station catch a ferry and in the old town a human rickshaw.

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