DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA!

Tripoto
13th Aug 2016

I wanted to spend a night in the desert hence planned a quick trip to Jaisalmer city in Rajasthan State since it is known for it is close proximity to the desert.

Jaisalmer is one station where i got off the train and felt like i have arrived at some airport! could see too many hotel representatives offering free pickup services from station to the hotels and all of them were carrying sign boards of their respective hotels so one could easily identify them as per the hotel one booked.

Day 1

Unpacked at the hotel and Had Kal guksu (Thai Dish), veg poa, bread toast and tea at rooftop restaurent there.

veg poa, tea, Bread butter at rooftop restaurent day 1

Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by RACHNA SINGH

view of jaisalmer fort from rooftop restaurent of my hotel

Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by RACHNA SINGH

walking across dunes was much more fun than camel ride but no one can give it a miss in jsm

Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by RACHNA SINGH

sunkissed dune of jsm

Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by RACHNA SINGH

headed towards Sam Sand Dunes after my breakfast and Felt pity at Indian tourism when i seen the plastic bottles and other waste materials lying unattended on the beautiful landscapes here! It totally ruins the experience and presents a shameful image of country to visitors who come here with a hope in their eyes!!

Had to skip the idea of camel safari and opted to walk across the length and breadth of SAM SAND DUNES just because i wanted to see clean, garbage free, bush free dunes which couldnt have been possible on camel due to their fixed route.

Kept walking and after a few kilometers of walk i finally discovered the less travelled clean dunes reflecting sunrays back and appearing golden in color! stayed there for like 3 hours, played with the sand, watched the sunset at sand dunes and came back with memories.

sharing a few more pics from day 1 in JAISALMER.

cleaner dunes in jsm was a treat to eyes!

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

cultural music at camps in jsm

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

happy me after exploring sand dunes by foot!

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

every shoe got filled with atleast 250g of sand after the long WALK on dunes

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

skipping camel safari initially and all sweating was worth it!

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

sunkissed dune of jsm

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

one more shot!

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

couldnt capture enough of this beauty

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

stayed till sunset at sam

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

walked across the city on Day 2 for more than 10km only to realise that This city is gold in true sense! be it Footpaths, flyovers, schools, offices, hospitals, markets, homes, roundabouts or stations, everything is made of yellow stones thus giving it a beautiful golden hue. explored almost all major attractions by walk on 2nd day.

patwon ki haveli (border movie was filmed here )

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

one of the 7 patvon ki havelis

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

folklore museum

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

jain temple at jaisalmer fort

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

inside folklore museum

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

one of the seven jain temples

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

amazed to experience a different culture at jain temple

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

beautiful architecture at jain temple

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

inside jain temple

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

the beauty left me in complete awe

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

gadisar lake nearby bus station

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH

beautiful lake view

Photo of DESERT NIGHTS in INDIA! by RACHNA SINGH
Day 2

taxi charges to Tanot was way too high and if i rented scooty then it would be associated with the risk of puncture on 120km road with no local mechanics nearby so i took government bus as the safest bet to Tanot Temple (120km from jsm) to witness the much hyped aarti there. Stayed there overnight and left early morning back to jaisalmer.

Day 3 i kept to explore a few restaurents there before afternoon as i had to catch train back top delhi then.

poori bhaaji at Neeraj restaurent

Photo of Tanot, Rajasthan, India by RACHNA SINGH

aloo paratha at skyplaza restaurent

Photo of Tanot, Rajasthan, India by RACHNA SINGH

independence day celebrations by BSF at tanot

Photo of Tanot, Rajasthan, India by RACHNA SINGH

dal baati choorma at desert bite restaurent (my favourite restaurent among all i tried)

Photo of Tanot, Rajasthan, India by RACHNA SINGH

papaya lassi at cafe plus

Photo of Tanot, Rajasthan, India by RACHNA SINGH

2100 km of travel, 34 hours of train journey, 3 days and 2 nights stay in desert area of west india, freedom to plan organise and execute things on my own, filled my soul

expenses details : 840 INR to and fro train ticket from new delhi to jsm

overnight stay at Hotel Abu Safari - 200 INR

transportation in city - 180 INR

Day 3

activities (camel safari, camping) and food : 1280 INR

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