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Mar 5, 2020 - Desert Storm

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We’d had a wonderful two full days and an additional evening when we first arrived. The weather couldn’t have ben better. There were few tourists at this time of year, because it’s usually very hot at this time in March, but we found it quite comfortable. Comfortable enough that it wasn’t an issue for us to walk back and forth to the fort, even at midday. For our last night, were thinking of heading into the town, to one of the heritage hotels for a rooftop meal, but just after 6:30pm the winds picked up and it...

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Mar 5, 2020 - Jaisalmer's Fort Palace

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Rajasthan has to say about Jaisalmer’s Fort Palace: “Towering over the fort’s main square, and partly built on top of the Hawa Pol (the fourth fort gate), is the former rulers’ elegant seven-storey palace. Highlights of the tour include the mirrored and painted Rang Mahal (the bedroom of the 18th-century ruler Mulraj II), a gallery of finely wrought 15th-century sculptures donated to the rulers by the builders of the fort’s temples, and the spectacular 360-degree views...

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Mar 4, 2020 - Jaisalmer's Iconic Fort

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Rajasthan has to say about Jaisalmer’s Fort: “Jaisalmer’s fort is a living urban centre, with about 3,000 people residing within its walls. It is honeycombed with narrow winding lanes, lined with houses and temples – along with a large number of handicraft shops, guesthouses and restaurants. You enter the fort from the east, and pass through four massive gates on the zig- zagging route to the upper section. The final gate opens into the square that forms the fort’s...

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Mar 3, 2020 - Revisiting Jaisalmer

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Rajasthan has to say about Jaisalmer: “The fort of Jaisalmer is a breathtaking sight: a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage from a bygone era. No place better evokes exotic camel-train trade routes and desert mystery. Ninety-nine bastions encircle the fort’s still-inhabited twisting lanes. Inside are shops swaddled in bright embroideries, a royal palace and numerous businesses looking for your tourist rupee. Despite the commercialism, it’s...

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Mar 2, 2020 - On The Road In Gujarat

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Since as long as I can remember, I loved to be in a moving vehicle, watching the world go by. Unfortunately, I often suffered from motion sickness, but this was made easier if I sat in the front seat between my parents. I had to be in the back seat after my younger siblings came were born; I coped by opening the window and letting the breeze blow in my face. When I was older, I began to think of moving through landscapes like watching a movie. I could sit and watch the world go by, with the scenery constantly...

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Jul 19, 2019 - Return to civilization

After a fitful and restless sleep (for me at least) we were awake early. It was an almost surreal experience to be lying on a camp cot in the middle of the desert (right next to the beginning of very large sand dunes). Eleri had had a very rough night but gamely ate a banana for breakfast along with a cup of chai. As part of the great circle of life motif that seems to be a part of the desert culture, shortly after partaking she returned her early morning libation and fruit breakfast to the soil of the desert (no doubt to nurture some poor...

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Jul 18, 2019 - Thar Desert (the "desert of death")

We were up early and walked down to Trotter's for our 6:30 a.m. departure. A Jeep was to take us to the camels. Along with our driver we ended up with me in the front seat of an open (i.e. no doors) Jeep and Marlys, Eleri and Theo piled in the back. No one else is apparently stupid enough to book a camel safari for a trek in the desert of death in 45 degree heat! (small disclaimer here: when we booked the trip back in Toronto we had NO idea that the monsoon was going to be a month late and that the heat in the Thar Desert would be in the...

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Jul 17, 2019 - We arrive at the Thar Desert

If I had more time to work on this trip journal I would tell you all the petty details of how irritating it is to get on a train to start an overnight trip and discover that some idiots who have (presumably) just gotten off the train, have removed the fresh hand towels from the overnight packaged sheets (it was a very hot day), have (obviously) used all four of our fresh pillow cases, and have generally ransacked our overnight bedding allotment. Instead I am just going to say that after we made up our berths for sleeping we settled into our...

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Jul 14, 2018 - My Trip to Jaisalmer from Ahmedabad

I always wanted to tour Rajasthan, and see the Thar Desert. I started my trip from Ahmedabad and toured the desert city of Jaisalmer, which is the best place to go if you want to see the Thar Desert in all its beauty. I had booked a Jaisalmer Tour Package from Chetram Voyages. In this blog, I will describe my trip to Jaisalmer. Reaching Jaisalmer I boarded the Bandra Terminus Jaisalmer Express (22931), which halts at Ahmedabad. It departed at 10.30 pm and reached Jaisalmer at 12.50 pm the next day. Where I stayed In Jaisalmer, I stayed at...

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Nov 3, 2017 - Jodhpur to Jaisalmer

Thursday 2nd November 2017 Udaipur to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur Up very early this morning (5:30am) for a 6:15am pick up at the hotel. When we went downstairs the staff were asleep on the floor and on the lounge in reception and there was no sign of our promised tuk tuk, so Lynn went to find one for our trip down to where our driver would be waiting at 6:30am. Meanwhile David hailed one down, so when Lynn came back with another one, we had to give one some money to not take us. Although our guide had given the hotel instructions about the tuk...

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Oct 12, 2016 - Jaisalmer, ville du désert

Lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/26mp8Q5WjVeXAdLZ7 Nous avons rejoint Jaisalmer après un 6 heures de route en plein désert tout en longeant la frontière avec le Pakistan. L'air climatisé crinqué au max, on suait à grosse goutte dans la voiture tout en admirant les chameaux, vaches sacrées et villages berbères qui longeaient notre longue route. Jaisalmer est une ville fortifiée du Rajasthan située à 100 km de la frontière du Pakistan. Actuellement, un quart des Jaisalmeris habitent dans...

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Jan 31, 2016 - Bus to Jaisalmer.

1/31 Bus to Jaisalmer. Got to station by 9 and bus leaving at 10, so we could pick the best seats since no one was on it yet. Bon and Mari settled into the bench seat up by the driver and I took the one directly behind the driver, by the window. The countryside gets progressively more arid but hardly a desert. Lots of irrigated agricultural land, goats, sheep, and hundreds of roaming cattle of all shapes and sizes on and alongside the road. With the amount of traffic I am surprized we don't see more accidents involving these roaming...

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