Trip Start Jan 22, 2011
30Trip End Feb 24, 2011
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Under the stars
We set off in the jeep speeding at a crazy speed past cows, goats and sheep, almost colliding with another jeep at a tricky corner
The camels were huge, but tame enough and all I could think at that moment was how painful it was going to be riding them for 2.5 days. Getting on was funny, you could hear screams and shouts from everyone as the camel quickly shot up. Upright, they stand very tall and I wouldn't like to fall down from up there. Anyway once ready we set off.
It was now about 10 am and the sun was becoming to get hot, but I took the opportunity to top up my tan and passed on wearing my hat and safari scarf. Instead I slapped on some sun cream and enjoyed the slow ride out through the sandy scrub land. The first hour or so was great, it was comfortable and very relaxing, but as the sun got hotter and the ride longer, I began to feel the pain, especially on my inner thighs. Thank god we stopped after two hours and had a little look around a small local village. It was nice but the kids kept pestering us for money, pens and anything loose on our bags and bodies. Some kids tried to take off my watch and another wanted the sun cream showing from my side pocket
Lunch was great. We were treated to some lovely local dishes which the guides cooked up on a camp fire in the sand. We stayed there under the trees for about 3 hrs talking to each other and avoiding the strong lunchtime sun. It was nice getting to know everyone. There were three of us who were traveling alone so we got together pretty fast as the couples kind of kept themselves to themselves. Once back on the camels we had a about an hour ride further out into the desert before taking a break at another small village, now this was beginning to annoy me. I just wanted to get to the dunes and we kept stopping at villages, oh well some of the other people in the group seemed to like it though.
We eventually arrived at the dunes and wow they were wonderful and way bigger than I expected. The Thar Desert only has a few dunes, as most of it is just dusty shrub land
That evening the guide cooked up some local cuisine and we all sat around a warm camp fire eating, talking and playing games. The food was good, but we couldn't see what we were eating ha-ha. The guides told stories and sang songs for us. Very nice indeed, and funny.
It was nice getting to know all the other people, some of which have been traveling for a long time to some exotic destinations while other like me have just started. Two weeks in India seems a joke compared to what these guys were doing. The Croatian guy has traveled to South America on numerous occasions and has really got me interested in going there soon. That's the trouble with travel you meet others who fill your head with other wonderful destinations and activities to do all over the world. Oh well I better get saving.
Just before bed the guides laid out our blankets and cushions at random close by to the camp. It was getting chilly now so I put on everything I had brought with me and tucked myself in! Wow the stars were fantastic, but not as good as we saw in Pemberton, but it was great lying there watching for shooting stars. I soon dozed off.
I was suddenly awoken in the middle of the night by a dog licking me. Why do all the dogs love me? I sat up and pushed him away, but he came back, this time he tried stealing my pillow. He was cute so I compromised and we had half each. Anyway he was warm and it was bloody cold especially when that wind blew up. Later the dog moved down to my feet so I had regained my pillow.