Camel farts and more
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, 2008-10-13 12:00 by Laerke
As a birthday present my Mother had given Martin a stay at the “Garh Jaisal Hotel” in Jaisalmer, it is a boutique hotel inside the dramatic sandstone fort that rests on a hill overlooking the whole city. We have an exquisite balcony with lots of pillows from where we sit and enjoy the view out over the city. Now at dusk all the bats that has been hiding in nooks and crannies in the fort comes out in great numbers circling around the fort, round and round passing our balcony. They look a lot more graceful than you would expect; flapping away towards the pink horizon.

Walking around in the narrow streets inside the fort could have been really enjoyful if it wasn’t for all the small souvenir shops and people everywhere trying to sell you stuff. Our favorite place in Jaisalmer remained our balcony :-) we saw the sun rise and set, read books, played cards and drank masala chai (spiced Indian milk tea) all on our balcony.

When we finally managed to tear ourselves away from the hotel we went on an overnight camel safari into the desert surrounding Jaisalmer. On our safari were 2 French guys and a guy from New Zealand, they were all great fun! The camel safari itself was okay, we rode the camels to some sand dunes and then saw the sun set and spent the night on a dune looking up at the full moon, and the next day we rode the camels some more. It was very hot during the day, and camels are not very comfortable to ride on. But there were some good moments, like when one of the French guys fell off his camel – not just down the side but over the camel’s head! :-)Besides that some of the camel drivers (boys ranging in age from 8-11 years old) sang some desert songs for us, the camels farted a bit, and then it was back to Jaisalmer. It has been 3 days now since our safari and my butt is still kinda sore... Good times.