Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rajasthan Part I: Jaisalmer and the Thar desert

Upon arrival in Jaisalmer, i was amazed by the delicate architecture and stone work on the houses (and relatively clean streets by Indian standards). Wandering through the little streets and alleyways led to wonderful encounters with locals, the best lassi place on earth and a painful neck from looking up at the impressive stone facades of the buildings. 
In comparison to other major cities in Rajasthan I felt less hassled and more at peace and able to fully soak in the place and the friendliness of the people. Every few meters we'd stop and have a cup of chai on the street, which will never get old while traveling India...

Since the city of Jaisalme, deprived of any rain for the last three years, is located on the outskirts of the That desert, I also went on a camel safari into the desert. Though being a highly touristy event, I still enjoyed sleeping under the stars in the desert (though getting a little scared of the white scorpion i almost stepped on, are they really that poisonous?).

Also, we learned the basic rules of 18 game in the desert (without any words, just from watching the children play) which proved really handy in Varanasi. Life can be pretty simple but oh so good.

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