In the deserts of Rajasthan: Camel Safari in Jaisalmer India
My first camel riding adventure did not take place in Morocco, Egypt or Mongolia… it took place last year in India! But in the Rajasthan region of northern India, where the environment is arid and hot, you see Quasimodo animals as native to the region as cows pulling wagons.
In the far outskirts of the forted city of Jaisalmer, I took a sunset camel safari into the Thar Desert with the acclaimed “Camel Man”. A group of us (more…)
When we arrived, Kul took us to our hotel to drop our bags. The place was clean, but bland and soul-less. A standard non-descript budget hotel.
There were three twin -sized beds spaced out in the room. Lame.
I gave up my bed to Kul and decided to stay with Regina, instead. She wasn’t officially on the tour and only paying for the driver, so she had our original reservation booking at Shahi Palace. Sure, I’d spend a night paying for an extra hotel, while Margaret and Dan stayed at the hotel the tour had booked; but I really liked what I’d seen in Shahi’s website pictures. I had a good feeling about them from my correspondences too (more…)
Karni Mata ”Rat Temple”, Deshnok, India (watch 2 min video above)
Who else can say they got a chance to walk barefoot over sacred rat pee and poop?
It’s customary to remove your shoes, when entering a temple in India and at the Karni Marta Rat Temple in Deshnok (a little outside the desert town of Bikaner), as uneasy as it was, I had no option but do so. Karni Mata (‘mata’ aka mother) is a reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Durga, and she’s also known as the ‘Rat Goddess’. She is the overseeing deity of this temple, where you’ll witness millions of rats nest and occupy free reign. Some rats nestle (more…)
In Jaipur, “the Pink City”, is the once capital of Rajasthan and home of maharajas and Rajput Royals. It got its nickname due to its coral sand architecture. Today, elephants are more of the preoccupation for me.
Our sightseeing itinerary took us to all the well-oiled tourist joints. Can you blow through Jaipur in a day?
1. Visit the historical sites
We hiked up to the Red Fort, then visited the Hawa Mahal (aka “Palace of the Winds”), which stood a block long and covers part of theCity Palace, but is almost literally a like a movie set facade. There’s no real back to the front. After doing the historical tour of Jaipur, we were whisked (more…)
Seeing the Rajasthan region through a plate of glass while flying itinerary-speed across the highway is a blur. It’s as romantic as the music in our driver, Kul’s car. Drive by shootings in India : wishing I took the train So you didn’t know India has drive by shootings? Well, it all depends on […]