A Ravenhatta Seller and his music
Some Bhopas(Who play Ravenhatta) make their living performing for tourists. There were many Ravanhatta players on the cobbled walkway up to the Jaisalmer Fort. tourist listened and give then some money. one of them recorded his music in CD and selling outside of fort and he also sell Ravenhatta instrument in nominal price. you can't but this instrument in market only Bhopas sell this.
Unique Suggestions: What is Ravanhatta - The ravahatta is a two-string stick violin from India used by religious singers called bhopa to accompany the epic tales of Pabuji, a fourteenth century hero. It is has a wooden body and a small coconut resonator covered in skin. There is one melody string made from horsehair, a single metal drone string and a number of sympathetic strings. The bow has a number of small bells attached to provide rhythmic accompaniment.
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Sam Sand Dunes - DON'T expect much
The Sam sand dunes are made out to be these amazing sand dunes which will make you feel like you are in the middle of the sahara desert. But it's far from it. Also, don't waste any money on taking a camel ride to the place. From all the tent accomodations there, or from the parking, it's 2 min walk. And the camel owners take too much money for nothing. Just walk up to the dunes, spend some time there. Watch the sun set (the sunset point is a farce). be prepared to be swamped by the local dancing kids asking for money.
Unique Suggestions: Just keep saying NO to everyone who asks to dance for you. And walk away if they start dancing.
The moment your vehicle approaches Sam be ready to face lot of persons running (banging) towards your car. This is dangerous because they seemed not to be bothered about their life. Just manage to avoid this rush and keep going straight. The rates are very high at this place for Camel safari.
If you visit the Nathmal-ki-Haveli or Patwon-ki-Haveli, you'll no doubt be shown round some antiques which are an attraction in their own right but are really there so as to get your money. The shops are brimming over with stuff such as small boxes, wooden door frames, wooden panels, camel bone, metallic figures amd paintings. They're just like aladin's cave.
After arriving at the Railway Station you will be approached by touts and rickshaw drivers. They are quite aggressive and try to "sell" you hotels, guest houses, safaris and whatsoever.
Unique Suggestions: Book your room ahead and walk right out of the station. Then either take a rickshaw and make sure they drop you at your hotel or walk to town (around 20 to 30 minutes). A rickshaw driver might tell you that your hotel is closed, burned down or something else. Insist of being droped at your hotel.
Fun Alternatives: Do NOT mention in which hotel you are staying and ask to be dropped at the fort or some other sight.
Tip on Camel Safari
We paid 150 Rp per pax for our Camel Safari (1hr ride, incl sunset in the desert). After our return to the parking lot, our camel riders (two kids) asked for a tip and I wanted to give them 20 Rp each. They refused to take it and asked for 100 Rp each! They said that 100 Rp is the normal tip and we earn so much money and 100 Rp is really nothing for us. So I said, "take it or leave it". They still refused and we just walked away. They screamed "hey, sir! Tip, tip!". I didn't pay attention and kept walking and these kids catched up. They were really mad and furiously took the 20 Rp.
Unique Suggestions: Do not pay more than what YOU want. Do not listen to what you SHOULD pay.
Fun Alternatives: Alternative? That would be not going at all.....
Part-time-Sadhu´s rip off
What looks like a deep philosophical discussion on the pic is in fact me trying to fend off a rip off try in the most polite way possible. What happens is that a Sadhu (or just sadhu-like Just-For-The-Money-Part-Time-Sadhu) will show up and put a thread with some decoration around your wrist, wishing you all the luck of this world...........and than asking for some 100 Rs ;-)
And cursing you to hell if you dont accept and deny in a polite way........ah, isnt it great to see people being so happy with their lives totally FREE of all GREEDY NEEDS? ;-)
When you go to Camel Safari in Desert must be care full with details to Agency Man.Get clear idea with all details like clen Food Veg or Non Veg Drink, Water, Bear, Bed for night.some time the cook Drink and don't give you clean food.Time how many Camel give you etc.
Photo by Peter and Vivien from Hungary
Unique Suggestions: Don't pay all Money in Advance.
Fun Alternatives: Don't pay all Money in Advance.Get all details on Paper with you then can show any time about your contact to the Agency man.
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Mother and child
One day while I was enjoying a leisurely stroll through the inner narrow streets of the walled fortress I could hear a lady calling to me. "hello sir" "photo please sir" so I said ok. Thinking she wanted me to take a photo of her and her son. Well after the camera goes "Click" she sticks her hand out and says "Backshish" Hmm.... Now she wants me to pay her for taking the photo. Well I wasn't going to fall for that as she was the one that approached me. If she would have said hello sir you can take my photo for 5 Rupees I would've had a chance to make a decision. She was quite upset at me as I walked away but I wasn't going to fall for the trick.....
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