So we reached Jaisalmer! This particular stop off was going to be for 2 nights. the first was spent 40km just outside of the town at Khuri Town. Here we were going to ride Camels out in the desert and watch the sunset.....yes thats right, Camels!!. The camp where we were based at was very nice, a number of mud huts were the sleeping quarters and the main gathering point was in the centre of these. Around 5pm we headed out on safari. These camels were big boys, at first we were a little like "how the hell....." but to be honest it was fine apart from the over stretching of your groin while sitting on the thing, it actually went ok, haha. We got to the sand dunes and took our spot ready for the sunset and when it came, it was amazing, the colours and the clouds gave such an amazing sight, it really was worth the groin stretching ride out. So, we saw the sunset do its thing and headed back to camp for dinner. Dinner comprised of numerous curry dishes, rice and breads, oh yeah and a vegetable from the desert?!?!, we asked no questions, just tried it and to be fair it was ok, not a lot to it really. As we sat and ate dinner, some locals came and performed for us, singing, drum banging oh and a girl standing on swords.....bare foot....interesting!!!
After dinner we were asked who would like to go out in the desert and sleep under the stars, I (Daniel) went and Shenel stayed in the mud hut. The trek out was so so slow, 6 of us on a wagon on the back on a camel with our beds and bedding, poor camel. The trek out was so worth it though, the place we set up camp for the night was on top of some dunes, the moon was so so bright you could see everything, it was amazing. One thing I will say about the desert that was a tad annoying were the stag beetles, they had a nack of taking off, flying for about a foot then dive bombing you, it was like they were drunk, very funny to see apart from when they are heading towards you.
Day 2 was spent in Jaisalmer city. The city itself is set within and old fort (another fort!!!) and was lined with market traders.We ventured in and took a wonder round, it was very compacted inside the walls, small windy streets leading to who knows where. Eventually we managed to get to a high point and view the city, well worth the climb I can tell you. As we were admiring the views we were approached by a guy selling silver, at first you thought, "ok another guy trying to sell crap", but his stuff was actually out of this world. His father is in the guiness book of records for his art, one was engraving something on a grain of RICE and the other on a HAIR!!!! The rings he was selling were made by his father, they had tiny stories engraved on the outside, had we not been the poor backpacker type people, I think we may have pciked some up.That evening was spent attempting to upload photos from the past few days and guess what happened? A virus got onto my memory card and basically played havoc with it, photos ruined!! I found out that there is some virus going round india, nepal and thailand (all the places we are going), so no im like over cautious when going to some back street cyber cafe, god dam internet geeks need to get a life !!(sorry had to vent there)
D & S