Jaisalmer is known as the golden city and at sunset it’s easy to see why. With its beautiful sandcastle shaped fort standing tall in the centre of the town that was created around it, every slab of sandstone seems to shine at different angles, creating the most opulent cityscape.
One wife ok?
On our way out to the desert we visited a village that was abandoned around 300 years ago due to laws implemented on taxes. One night after dark, all the villagers fled to surrounding towns and cities and this little derelict piece of desert land has since been a ghost town.
The last fort in India, before the border of Pakistan.
Our camel ride into the desert was amazing, being 6 foot high off the ground passing over rolling sand dunes was something we will remember forever – we will also remember the pain though! I feel the same way about a camel safari as I do about a bikini wax, it’s painful during, sore afterwards but you’re glad you did it.
My camel was called Kalu which means black camel, he’s darker than most. Luke was given Raju which means King camel. These two fellas came with us too and when I asked why, David our camel man explained that they get lonely without Kalu and Raju and sometimes cry all night without them. When we arrived in the desert, they let the camels roam rather than tying them up which I thought was lovely. They did go pretty far though and when David finally managed to bring them back he joked that they were heading for the border, on the prowl for Pakistani female camels.
Luke grabbing any opportunity to get rid of his t shirt tan 😉
We were cooked the most amazing feast of Rajasthani specialities on a makeshift stove under the stars – we haven’t stopped talking about the mouth watering mutton jaisaner since. Luke, myself and our little team of camel men and cooks were the only people on the dunes for miles. I couldn’t take my eyes off the sky so decided to head to bed early and take in the mesmerising milky way. I woke up many times in the night and I’m so happy I did as the sky was different every time.