Jaisalmer Off The Beaten Path

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    Camel trek

    by munki Written Mar 20, 2005

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    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

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    Camel trek

    by munki Written Mar 20, 2005

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    They bring the camels to the starting point of the trek (normally from miles away), they walk all the trek for days, they load and unload the cargo, they cook lunch and dinner on a small fire, they clean the metallic plates and casseroles with sand, they sing desert local songs at night with an empty large carafe as the only musical instrument, they prepare your bed (a hole in the sand and a blanket), the list of task is endless….

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    Camel trek

    by munki Written Mar 20, 2005

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    I must say that the porters (and not the middle man from the guesthouse or the camel owners) make the experience unique. They are normally young lads from the local villages who work very hard for their money.

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    Camel trek

    by munki Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Be careful when selecting the duration of the trek. I met a couple of travellers who agreed and paid in advanced for three or four days trek and then they returned earlier due to sickness, boredom or for having a hard time on the camels.
    So be realistic and think how well your body will adapt to the life in the desert, saying that I strongly recommend going for at least two days to have enough time to enjoy this unique experience.

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    Camel trek

    by munki Written Mar 20, 2005

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    The desert experience without a doubt would be one of the highlights of your trip to India and something that will stay in your memory forever. Saying that, it is very hard work for tourists from non-developing countries and some people (not me) will miss the comforts of the civilized world and will find the camel seats too uncomfortable or the basic food too primitive to digest.

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    Camel trek

    by munki Written Mar 20, 2005

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    A camel trek around Jaisalmer from one to five days is a must and the best way to get a real taste of life in the desert. I strongly recommend doing one even if it is a one-day camel trek. Very few tourists come to Jaisalmer and do not do one, they are extremely popular and camel safaris are big business in town. The competition between the commission men is fierce and ruthless. Most guesthouses organize the trek.

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    Playing in the sand

    by herzog63 Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Sand Dunes

    The guy in the middle of the picture was just running across the dune and I happened to take a picture at the same time that he jumped. When I finally got to see my slides several months later I was totally surprised that I caught him in mid-air! He was a member of our trekking group.
    You can see in this photo that the desert consists of different landscapes. It's not all sand dunes and in some places there is actually a type of grass that was growing.

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    Desert Villages

    by herzog63 Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Desert Village

    I snapped this shot as we were trotting by on our camels. Thats why the angle isn't perfect! We didn't get to visit any of the villages that had people living in them. We only visited abandonded villages. The huts were made of mud with a straw roof. They must be based on traditional designs for desert people. I never saw this style of house in the bigger towns only out in the desert.

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    Desert Musicians

    by herzog63 Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Desert Musicians

    We stayed near these guys one night. I'm not sure if it was planned by our guides or not. We weren't asked for any money and they played some great music for us. Myabe out guides paid them?? The guy in the middle was amazing! He could play 2 flutes at the same time! One with his nose and the other with his mouth. The kid spent most of his time playing with the hot coals in the fire. He was picking them up with his bare hands and holding them. He didn't seem to get burned though.

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    Abandoned villages

    by herzog63 Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Abandoned Village

    On our camel trek we passed through a couple different abandoned villages. They seemed quite interesting and I don't remember why they were abandoned as they had some very nice Temples and buildings. Maybe it was the lack of a water well. Or everyone decided to move into Jaisalmer.

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    Camel trek

    by munki Written Mar 20, 2005

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    Also the sun will be on your face all day and sleeping in the desert under the stars with only a blanket for cover won’t be paradise for many people.

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    Walking through the streets

    by Luchonda Written Aug 17, 2003

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    A haircut

    A haircut is never that far away in India.
    Open air saloons everywhere.
    The father is waiting - reading the newspapers !

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    Another Abandoned village

    by herzog63 Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Abandoned Village

    The stone work in the these abandoned villages is amazing!! I'm not sure how far they would have to transport these stones but I didn't see any quarries near-by. I must have missed them! LOL

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