Jaisalmer

Trip Start Mar 28, 2006
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Trip End Jun 28, 2007


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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

On the edge of the Great Thar Desert the sandstone city is overlooked by and partly surrounded by the enourmous sandstone fort.

There's a bit of hassle in this town to do a camel safari in the nearby desert. Our hotel was offering one for about $250 which had tents with toilets in them, beer and whiskey and gypsy girls coming to dance for you (sly look at Marco by the hotel manager). Most other places offer ones for about $10 which are without the booze or tents so, not surprisingly, we didn't go with our hotel. On thing the standard package of camel safaris "offers" is 5 hours a day on the camel (supposedly a good thing). Owing to Krystyna's previous experience of riding a camel we asked for a safari with "more jeep and less camel" so it was agreed that we would only ride for 2 hours each day.

We rode out into the desert to a some sand dunes and, after watching the beautiful sunset and enjoying some indian food cooked on the camp fire we camped out under the stars. It was really beautiful to be there in the quiet of the desert on a night with no moon counting the shooting stars, really special.

The following morning, unfortunately, we had to ride the camels back to the jeep. Camels are not comfortable to ride. There is no other way to put it. The camel safari box has been ticked but after our quadbiking adventures in Namibia we both agree that quadbikes are the way to go for desert adventures.
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