The adventure of the trip began in the starting of the journey itself. We were five people, who started their journey from Delhi and another one(Kishor), was to join us in Jaipur. But, in the hustle and bustle of the trip, we forgot the bag of Kishlay in the room itself. It was only when 5 minutes were left to train, when we realized that we had forgotten the bag, too late to get it. But, even in this situation of grave difficulty(how a person would spend 6 days in just one pair of clothes), we didn't lose our cool and volunteered with whatever extra clothes we had(obviously except private ones). We also, phoned to Kishor to pack up some extra t-shirts and trousers for Kislay. But, the problem was it would take atleast two Kishlays to fit into one dress of Kishor.
It was a comfortable journey till Jaipur. Kishor joined us in Jaipur at around 10 o'clock in the night. We reached to Jodhpur at 7 in the next morning.
Jodhpur railway station is undoubtedly one of the most clean railway station I have ever seen.
We freshened up in the common room and then headed to collect our pre-booked bikes.
After that, we had famous Jodhpuri Mirchi Vada in the breakfast and started the long journey to Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is almost 300 km by road from Jodhpur and according to our itinerary we were to reach there by 7 o'clock in the night.
We stopped by the picturesque Kailana lake in the way. The whole route was awesome. The roads are smooth and the traffic was almost negligible.
But, after some 100 km, the unfortunate event happened. One of our Bullet broke down. And, on the top of it, there were no mechanics nearby. The only hope of finding a mechanic was in Pokhran, which was still 100 km away. We somehow managed to drag it down near to Pokhran. In the final 5 km, we even used rope to pull one Bullet from another one.
The mechanic in Pokhran seemed a doubtful guy. But, he managed to repair the bike. We were still in Pokhran at 7 when our bike was finally readied and Jaisalmer was still 100 km away. We drove for another 2 hours in the darkness, getting the night driving experiences.
The peculiar experiences of night driving in this part of Rajasthan is you would not find anything till miles, not even a trace of light. It were only 3 bikes running on a deserted road with desert and darkness,all around. And, occasionally a few hamlets appeared from nowhere. We also noticed a few people sitting without any movement on roadside, just like the ones they show in Bollywood movies. They send a chill through our spines.
We reached Jaisalmer at around 9'0 clock. We booked our hotel and fell to the bed immediately after dinner.
Longewala is a border town in the Thar Desert in the western part of Jaisalmer district, in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is very close to the border with Pakistan and is most notable as the location of the Battle of Longewala during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
We stayed for sometime in Longewala, visiting the war memorial and then headed to Tanot Mata temple. Jaisalmer, Longewala and Tanot Mata temple are triangularly located.
Tanot is 80 km from Longewala. Road is amazing with sand dunes all around it.
It is said that during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Pakistani Army dropped over 3000 bombs targeting the temple but not even one exploded! The bombs can still be seen in the temple.
After Tanot, we left for our desert camp at Khuri desert camp. We reached there by 4 and started desert camel safari immediately after some snacks. We had an awesome time on the dunes, falling here and there in the sands, burying each other and doing aerobics.
The Monk who forgot his Bag
Let's do Chakrasan
When we returned, it was already dark and the traditional Rajasthani program had started. The dancers were talented ones.
After the dinner, we went back to the deep desert and camped their overnight. The host had arranged for some bonfire and a few charpayis.
We saw the orange red sun rays coming behind the dunes in the morning and hopped from one dune to the another in hope of finding a better view, realizing only later on that no matter on which dune we stand, there existed some other dune from which a better view was available.