Raja, my aide de travel through Rajasthan was good about it, he came and woke me up at 9:00 am, early by my standards and late by his. He'd just had a fight with the hired car chappie about the rates and he felt it would perhaps be better if I come down to also negotiate. Perhaps there is a whole arrangement in all this I thought at that time. The car that was to take me to Jaisalmer was a shiny new Nissan and it was silver in colour. The guy renting out the car gave me his mathematics and it would be $ 500. “See sir, Pushkar to Jaisalmer is 480 km, then you stay for three days there that is 300 km per day. Then you go to Mount Abu that is 280 km. You stay two days that is 300 km per day and you have to pay for the trip back as my car will be coming empty which is another 420 km. That is 2680 km multiplied by Rs 12, so the total cost will be Rs 32160 plus toll extra.” I did not have the energy nor did I want to argue, but felt a little tinge of being cheated and I mean, why should I pay for the car's trip back to Pushkar? But that is the way they do, the math here and it was not that bad either nor was I in any mood to negotiate and nodded to confirm that I was good and wanted to get the show on the road. Raja didn't seem to mind too much either!
After a little breakfast of kachori, samosa and jalebi, the eternal favourites here at Rajasthan it seemed, we started our journey towards Jaisalmer - a princely town with hoary tradition behind it. I went to sleep for a few hours during the journey but then woke up and stopped over to photograph the countryside a bit.