Another 6 hour journey to Jaislamer across plat desert land every so often encountering a herd of cows casually stolling down the highway. Jaisalmer is a larger town than the previous ones we've visited so we went for a stroll through the streets and markets. We delicately declined offers of Marujuana and sheets with apparent aphrodisiac propeties and navigated our way through until our driver took us up into the hills to see the Royal Crematorium and Tombs. Not much more to say about today as it was a long journey overm apart from we are currently sat on the roof top terraces of our hotel listening to traditional Rajastani music and drinking Chai. Perfect end to the day....
We started the next day with a tour of the Fort much to the disapproval of the Lonely Planet Guides. Overcrowding is apparently putting a massive strain on the porous drainage system which is destroying the walls of the Fort. However the temples within the fort were totally breathtaking with intricately craved stone work and fantastic statues. We finished the tour in the midday sun down by the sacred lake and found a shady seat to take in the view.
Later in the afternoon we ventured further into the desert (and closer to the Pakistan border) where we we treated to a Camel ride out into the sand dunes. Sitting on top of the dunes with a Kingfisher beer (bought at 'Desert Price' 150 rupees) and music playing the background we watched the sun set behind a red curtain of mist. We rode back to the resort for an evening of traditional desert food, music and dancing, After which we hopped back on the camel to spend a moolit night sleeping out in the sand under the stars. Another surreal end to a great day.