This day was a relief as it was almost an all tarmac day. Leaving Jamba, we reached Phalodi on Bikaner – Jaisalmer highway. Phalodi is famous for a Bird Sanctuary in Khichan which witnesses thousands of Demoiselle Cranes migrating from Mongolia. I was disappointed to see the lack of maintenance in the sanctuary. Hope it improves in times to come. It was a smooth run from Phalodi to Pokharan. The road after Pokharan to Jaisalmer was under 4 lanes, so we had a few diversions enroute. The surprise of the day came with the lunch at the Officers’ Mess in the Army Cantonment of Jaisalmer. Major Vijay Choudhary - a cousin of our guide for the tour, Mr. Rajesh Bishnoi, was kind enough to host us. Luckily, we got to witness the Arjun Battle Tank. We rode forward from Jaisalmer and to Sam - a tourist village 40 kms west from Jaisalmer. The road to Sam from Jaisalmer is dope. BRO(Border Roads Organization) has maintained the roads very well and the vistas around give a real posh feel, unlike the roads we encountered so far. For the night, we settled in cosy tents pitched right on the desert facing the sand dunes.Route :- Jamba – Phalodi – Pokharan – Jaisalmer – Sam.
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