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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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Jan 28, 2016 - A couple of Canadians on a couple of camels

After a relatively luxurious 12 hour train journey and a midnight rickshaw ride with a guy who looked exactly like Silas from the Da Vinci Code, we arrived in the desert town of Jaisalmer. This is the India we've been waiting for! Narrow alleyways, beautiful havelis, and a breathtaking fort housing over 3000 permanent residents. The breathing room in the town was nice, but we came here for the desert, so into the Thar desert we went. At the crack of dawn, we met our camels and our guide. Deena, our guide, was pretty quiet. That is, until...

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Jan 1, 2016 - Jim wrecks Mo's camera

After Jim was released from his hotel room (see previous entry) he did set out for a walk. His first objective was to get cash. In an economy in which a cup of tea is 10 and a simple restaurant dish 150-200-300, even 500 rupee notes go relatively quickly. Cash realized, now Jim just wanted to walk. He had gone maybe 30 minutes when he reconnected with Mo and others. Feeling tired and wanting food, he asked if Mo would stop with him at Monica Restaurant. Like most things in India, the restaurant was up a flight and a half of steep stairs....

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Dec 29, 2015 - Painful and annoying episodes that make good travel stories later

In Delhi, I had a sleepless night because of back pain. Waves of pain would roil across my back. I thought I was passing a kidney stone. I paced, sat up, tried to sleep, and paced again. The old fashioned spring mattress meant that every move Mo made would attack my back. It took all day to figure out that I was having caffene withdrawal. The hotel coffee was simply too weak to sustain me. A trip to Cafe Coffee Day was the cure. Yes, I am an addict. That day we tried hiring a tuk tuk (3 wheel mini cab) to haul us to a site. We negotiated a...

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Dec 28, 2015 - Moving right along

We are touring India with Intrepid Travel. Go to intrepidtravel.com and search for India Unplugged. It is a pleasure to have transport, lodging, and other details taken care for us. There are 12 of us under the care of a leader from east India. We are a mom and daughter from New Zealand, two couples from Australia, a retired Australian parlimemtarian, a young professional woman from Boise, an Aussie young man recentLy separated from the Army, and a nurse from England. The group has come together quite well. It will be my policy not to...

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Oct 27, 2014 - To Jaisalmer Oct 27

300 Km to get to Jaisalmer today It was founded in 1156 by Maharwal Jaisal, it's location protected it from outsiders so it was one of the last states to sign a treaty with the British. It is another big military area due to the proximity of the border with Pakistan, only 70 Km distant. As we drive once again we experience the contrasts in India. The Indian Space Research Centre sits cheek by jowl with an encampment of nomadic Indian gypsies. We also pass many imposing looking gates apparently leading nowhere. The land has been bought with...

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