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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer July 23rd 2017

At 6am in the morning you can understand why Jaisalmer is called the Golden city! It looked beautiful with the sun just rising over it- it made up for an early start. Once on the bus it was off to sleep, however nature always inevitably calls. When the bus stopped I mentally prepared myself to brave the squat toilet- only problem was I couldn't get off the bus. A cow had decided to walk straight in front of the exit and wouldn't move! Cows are so sacred in India, they can literally do what they want; lie in the middle of the road, trot through the traffic, hold up a market, stop people getting off buses to pee!!! Not sure what to do I was dancing on the spot until someone else shooed it along- only ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer July 13th 2017

Travel is a celebration which bestows new shines in old you and your relations Let me take you to the land of colors, Jaisalmer which is situated in the state of Rajasthan in India. We went there to celebrate my best friend’s birthday. It is well connected with Delhi. Therefore, we took a direct train from Delhi to Jaisalmer. As it is an exotic travel destination. So, one can easily reach there. The time which I spent here was a treat of some best moments with some best people of my life. When I put down my first foot, I was totally mesmerized with the Colorful attire, this city was wearing. It seemed like I was walking on a golden ground. Locals were scintillating in their traditional way of wearing clothes. The blue was the sky ... read more
A perfect Click
Traditional Attires
Women Sellers on the Streets

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer March 27th 2017

Geo: 26.9118, 70.9127 Those last three weeks in India were a whirlwind; we travelled to more places, cities in particular, than we normally would in this short space of time. Indeed, it was too much, too fast for us aging travellers. To make it a little easier on us, we hired a car a couple of times so, with door to door delivery, it reduced some of the wear and tear on us. From Udaipur we visited Kumbhalagarh Fort and Ranakpur, the Jain temple with its stunning artistry including 1444 marble pillars - none of which are the same. Both of these remote sites are stunning sights. There are so many forts, palaces and temples in this state that they eventually lost their magic for us. By the time we visited the Amber Fort at our ... read more
Musical family
Camel trek - Jaisalmer desert
Jaisalmer Fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer March 8th 2017

If you want to make a difference to at least a few of the people of India, stay here in the Kalakar Colony of Jaisalmer. My hotel, The Silk Route, you see, is not only built in its midst but a percentage of its profits goes towards supporting a community of gipsy musicians on its doorstep. My time last year was devoted to the tourist sights of this city – the imposing hilltop fort, the lake at Gadisar, the dunes of the Thar Desert. The hotel, then only a couple of years old, was a comfortable, inexpensive and convenient place to stay. I didn’t really choose it for anything else. It was while staying here that I learned about it having been constructed partly to provide the basis for permanent settlement of gipsy families in the ... read more
In the Kalakar Colony
Dungara playing his rawanhatha
The dholki player and Dungara

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer March 4th 2017

It’s hot in Jaisalmer, this desert jewel in Rajasthan’s crown. Last year, I was here a month or so earlier () but now, in March, summer’s on its way to this harsh, arid land. When I arrived a week ago, it was still winter, reaching a mere 28oC by midday. Today, it reached 35oC. By April, it’ll start to climb to its 50ozenith. There were some clouds today and rumours of cooling rain. As this city averages only eight days or so of rainfall each year, I took the predictions with a pinch of salt. Then the heavens opened! Torrential rain flooded the hotel’s rooftop. The roads were awash with muddy brown water rolling downhill at a rate of knots, carrying all manner of refuse with it. Children splashed with glee in the unexpected waves. Then, ... read more
The heavens opened
At the home of Kundan Singh
In search of the Bustard

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer February 12th 2017

New Delhi, 10:00 at night. I take my first step onto Indian streets and hordes of food carts and tuk-tuks (the infamous three-wheeled Indian rickshaws) are gathered at the metro station entrance. My foot hurts a bit and I figure it might not be best to find my way at night on streets—indeed in a country—I am completely unfamiliar with, so I wade tentatively into the sea of tuk-tuks. It is not long before I am approached. The man seems to recognize the name of my hostel and proceeds to hook me up with a tuk-tuk who is to bring me there—for the reasonable price of 30 rupees (the hostel website estimated it would be this much—about 4 RMB, or fifty cents). I agree. We drive through dark though still bustling streets as the driver banters ... read more
India Gate
Outskirts of Delhi

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer October 12th 2016

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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer February 25th 2016

It was Diwali Vacation in November, 2015. We three Assistant Professor’s from three different colleges, of course past and present friends from our college time decided to visit somewhere in Rajasthan. And here again planning job was given to me. Googling a long I ended up to Jaisalmer and Jodhpur for three day trip. Searching on make my trip, I got one contact of an owner of a small hotel named Karan Palace. Because of heavy rush in Diwali vacation, most of the hotels were full. So I booked with this hotelier for Jaisalmer. He provided us a day package in non AC Bolero; local sightseeing for 300 per person and a package for desert safari for 1500 per person in Sam dunes, which is considered a real desert in Jaisalmer. Room stay cost was 500 ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer February 1st 2016

It was with considerable reluctance that I left behind the Demoiselle Cranes and drove another couple of hours west into the Thar Desert. The ancient 'Golden City' of Jaisalmer is about as far west as you can go in India - unless you're in the country's armed forces. This dry and dusty part of Rajasthan lies close to the border with Pakistan to the west & south-west. Main roads just half-an-hour from the city centre are reserved for military use and there's a significant air force station on the outskirts. Jet engines occasionally roar loudly across the town, after-burners like bright flames on take-off disappearing suddenly as fighter aircraft climb into inky night-time skies. Yet it's a peaceful enough place, dominated by a massive sandcastle of a 12th-century fort and, although it’s a bit out ... read more
Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer embroidery
A doorway in Jaisalmer

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer January 29th 2016

My first train ride in India had gone pretty well. I had taken AC3 train class, which had about six reserved beds per row. There were a few other tourists in my berth as well as many Indian families. The train had been delayed by about an hour and then departed in the early evening. I chatted with different people who were getting on and off. The train stopped often at various cities along the way. I woke up in the early morning and sat with one of the train doors open looking at the Rajasthani scenery going by. The environment looked dry and arid for the most part. About 18 hours after the train had left, I arrived in the town of Jaisalmer, which was at the heart of the Thar desert. I got transport ... read more

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