We chanced upon this solitary goatherd who was unmindful of the clambering tourists, going on with his usual day. The tourists forming part of his entertainment as he goes on with his mundane work. The cattle may have never seen better days, but the dry, rough terrain is part of their lives now. They live on.
Those visiting a dry, vast terrain for the first time may find it hard to comprehend and may even wonder how people survive here. This is the nomadic way of life, where there is more sand then the the air to breathe.
The salt, the sand, the sun and vast expanse of wilderness where time never moves, that's Dholavira for the uninitiated. Those who look beyond the sights would see a well planned, thriving civilization and people who never left.
Chir Batti- Our very own 'Northern Lights'
After our misadventures in the salt laden marshy desert of Ekal Ka Rann (where we luckily managed to find our way back to civilization) the desert still beckoned us and we wanted to go deep into unchartered territories.
Our trip was during the full moon towards Christmas and a full moon night desert safari is what we had in mind. So we took off to Banni grassland which is home to eerier experiences, not that we were looking for anything eerie. A series of ghost lights have been reported in this area, similar to Northern lights and we wanted to see this for ourselves. But what met us instead was straight out of a classic Hindi horror movie.
The road to Chir Batti from Dholavira is beautiful and myriad, deserted landscapes adorn both sides of the road.