all time wonderful opportunity
One can not imagine if he can get opportunity to stay in national monuent/museum the golden fort of jaisalmer , this fort is having palaces many famous temples and ninenty nine bastions covering the area more than 2km squre , it is claimed to be more than 500 years old , if one gets opportunity to stay in old beautiful building on the rampart with all modern facility ,, is it not the amaizing ,,, yes it is the reason every touist likes to stay in the fort where few restaurants and guest houses are there run by native resedents to make their both hands fold as in jaisalmer except then tourism no big industry is there ,, now yellow stone cutting small plants are there and government offices are there for employment, in past this jaislmer was dry port the traders from Afgan Iraque Iran and from other countries used to come India through jaisalmer by camels ,,, and this area was prosperious ,,, many fields are there they were growing many types of grains/ food through water storege tanks (anicuts, dam like) but now only tourism is the main source of natives which is impecting the jaisalmer in all respect ,,,, so that many up to five stare hotels have come in to the force here,,,, the main thing is these big hoteliers are angree with the hotel business in the fort ,,, they are jeleous and the offer tourists to write about this that fort is in danger so not stay in the fort and not staying in the fort is batter for the health of this fort ,,,, they forget the law of nature ,,, one day every thing has to get old and the charmer will not leave if the son leaves the father if he becomes old ,,, if father is sick old the due care is done ,, the repairing etc is done by the government to maintain the fort ,,, is the local and national government fool ? why they are not stopping the running guest houese in the fort , is the government lame and unwise , can not think good for the life of fort ,, they have invested millions of rupees to construct a under ground sevrage pipe line , it is working very much well ...so it is my humble request and suggestion not see the one face of coin and say your comments in the favour of big guns in force /obligatory or in m iss understading A nice memorable camel safari afrranged by desert haveli guest house , deep in to the thar deser,,, tasty indian food cooked in the desert,, charming sun rise ,, camel riding ,, sleeping under the starlit / wonderful moon ,,, campfire dancing with natives , folk musiic ... wonderful sun rise with hot indian tea..... all the memorable camel safari through the indian villages of vivid culture , cast and traditions a good way to see all through this simply the camel safari it should be said a trip to the desert culture and tradition ... I enjoyed very much..
The two guys sitting next to me are 2 of our camel drivers. We were sitting around listening to their stories when one of them took off his Turban and put it on my head so I figured I'd better get a photo of it. The guys were great! When we stopped they would tell stories about the desert or answer questions that we had.
Of course they were smoking their Beaties non-stop!! I think I have the spelling right. But beaties are some sort of fragrant tobacco or something like that.
Lodurva Jain Temple
Lodurva, the ancient capital of the Bhattis, is 16 km from Jaisalmer. Its ruins are visited for the great Jain temple and the Kalpataru, a mythical tree of wish fulfillment. Lodurva has a great number of peacocks that hover around the temple walls lending spectacular colour to the dry and stony landscape.
The Parshvanath Temple is the main Jain temple which predates the temples of Jaisalmer just as the town itself is more ancient. The temple was destroyed in 1152, but was reconstructed in 1615 by Seth Tharu Shah and further additions were commisssioned in 1675 and 1687. Its Torana Dwar or main archway is probably the most ornate of its kind in Rajasthan. The inner sanctum of the temple contains an image of the prophet Parshvanath in black stone with a multi-hooded serpent canopy.
Entrance Fee Rs 10 Camera Rs 50
Their English is very basic (just a few words) but they have an ability to learn rude Spanish words and the Macarena song very quickly. They really do the best they can to make sure you enjoy the trek
10 Day Camel Safari
To some, the thought of riding a camel through the desert may seem quite preposterous. To me it sounded like an absolute must-do and I had been looking forward to doing just that since I read about the possibility several months before we left home. So when we arrived in Jaisalmer, organizing a camel safari was our #1 priority. We listened to the manager explain the different options of days and routes and it was so exciting that initially I wanted to do 15 days. John, being a lot more level-headed than I, suggested that seven days would probably be sufficient. So we settled on a private 10 day safari. Later that day, after thinking about how hot it has been and the lack of facilities in the desert, I began to doubt that 10 days was a good idea. But, we had already paid so there was no turning back.
The experience was fantastic. Check out our travel logs.
The Camels- We each had a male camel and as the days went on their different personalities emerged. Lalu (my camel) is 8 years old and was the leader of the pack. He always had to be first and (unlucky for John who was usually behind me) he was very flatulent. Papu (John’s camel) is 7 years old and quite the trouble maker. He needed much prodding and liked to jump. Babalu (Rhman’s camel) is the youngest (4 years old) and was very verbal, unruly, and belched a lot.
The Daily Routine- We rose with the sun (6:30-7am), ate breakfast, cleaned up while Rhman rounded up the camels, groomed and packed the camels, rode for a few hours, stopped under a tree, unpacked the camels, ate lunch, napped or read until about 3pm, groomed and packed the camels, rode until about 5pm, found a dune for the night, unpacked the camels, watched sunset, ate dinner, went to bed.