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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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Oct 26, 2014 - Bishnoi village Oct 26

Our Jeep safari this morning took us through the semi arid surrounding area to a Bishnoi village. We see many groups of deer which are specifically protected by the Bishnoi. Bishnoi means 29 in Hindi as they follow 29 rules laid down by a Guru a few centuries ago. They are a break away group from Hinduism, practising strict vegetarianism. They live in family groups with no running water or electricity. A very simple but seems very happy life. We do a village walk and are met by the head of the family who is 75. Everyone, especially the...

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Sep 4, 2013 - 4 September - Jaisalmer

It's now Wednesday 4 September and we are in Jaisalmar, in the north west of India. The terrain has changed completely, from lush greenery to desert. Last night was spent in Bikaner after a 13 hour drive from Delhi - a fairly slow drive as we came across many pilgrims on their way to visit a holy man and had to keep swerving to avoid sending them off to their next reincarnation earlier than they expected. This morning we left Bikaner and drove a short way to the Karni Mata rat temple - this was an amazing sight, a small temple with...

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Feb 6, 2013 - Jaisalmer

After a four hour drive to the middle of the Thar Desert, we found ourselves at the Serai, a hotel with an infinity pool and rooms made of white tents. We sat around a campfire that night and listened to muslim villagers' music and song, with a harmonium played by a blind singer, a tabla (drum), clappers, and a horn. We were told this group sometimes performs on a European tour. There was an interesting Indian couple, he with a huge white turban and long grey beard and she, a little stout, with Indian dress and a loud voice inflected with...

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Oct 29, 2012 - Jaisalmer, India

October 25, 2012 In Jaisalmer. My room number here is 111. My room number in Bikaner was 111 and my house number is 1111. Lots of cow, goat and sheep conferences along the way. We even saw some wild deer. They were soooo small. Like big dogs. We stayed at a ‘camp’ called ‘Kirshna Desert Camp’. It sits east of Jaislmer towards Pakistan. We were 150kms away. Lots of military and military camps. Not as much as Kashmir though. Things have changed since the last time I was here. Last time we stayed in town. The hotel we stayed at was still...

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