After leaving Lodurva we started driving further west with no specific destination in mind. The desert rolled past us with flat stretches peppered with sand dunes and lazy camels. After driving around for 40 km we eventually saw two mud houses hidden in the desert. With sundown fast approaching we saw a man walking towards us in the distance. After 10 minutes, Kesar Singh - the owner of the mud houses - told us that he'll arrange for us to spend the night at the houses. So, we started preparing for what would turn out to be a very evocative experience. Once night fell we were enveloped in eerie silence and absolute darkness. We just lay down and gazed at the desert sky. None of us said anything. The stars shone nice and bright and felt close enough to touch. We spent the night just lying there lost in our reverie until sleep came to us. We woke up the next morning in time to see the sunrise. The land was flat until horizon and we witnessed all the changing hues as the sun slowly came up. After packing up we started on our way back to Delhi thinking about when we'll come back to this little place in the desert we could call our own.
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288 Kms from Kuchhri
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popular, colourful and culturally rich, Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan's most beautiful cities. It is also known as the Sun City of India and is said to have been built in the 15th century by a Rao Jodha. This city was earlier known as Marwar and is currently the second largest city of Rajasthan. From the stunning Mehrangarh Fort (from where you can see the stunning blue city), Umaid Bhavan Palace to the bustling Sardar Market, there is tons to do and explore in this touristy city. If you like your holidays to be quiet and laidback, Jodhpur may not be for you – atleast for the first couple of days. There is too much to keep you busy. Like almost all cities in Rajasthan, there are historical forts and palaces to explore and admire. Do carry a scarf and water for your afternoon expeditions should the heat tire you out. There are also umpteen restaurants and small cafes in Jodhpur which offer you delicious food and are also very welcoming. Jodhpur is also a great place to meet like-minded travellers. Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities of the country via rail, road and air.
328 Kms from Kuchhri
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Bikaner is said to be the most colourful of all the cities of Rajasthan. It is not as developed as the other touristy places and that's probably why it still holds the Rajasthani spirit in its true form and colour. A maze of narrow streets, fort walls and fine old Havelis outline this medieval city. The Karni Mata Temple is believed to be the holiest temple in all of the city. Thousands of rats, who are considered pious, flock and run about the temple and are protected, worshipped and even fed. Rajput art and architecture shines in all its glory in this desert city with forts, palaces and temples modelled with red and yellow sandstone. Most of the palaces, such as the Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lallgarh Palace have been turned into heritage hotels, where you may consider staying. Amongst all others, the colossal that stands out is the Junagarh Fort. The many palaces, temples in the premises are now preserved as museums and upholds the grandiose lifestyle of the past Maharanas. There are also a couple of notable Jain temples, the famous most being Jain Temple Bhandasar. Starting from Kalbeliya and Ghoomar dances to the taste and aroma of Dal Baati Churma, lehsun ki chutney and the sweetness of ghevar and halwa, from camel rides to sand dune camping, Bikaner is an array of experiences.