Inbetween hanging out with gypsies up a hill, considerations of getting shit-faced on opium and a marriage proposal or two (ok just the one… and for her) me and my fabulously fun travel buddy Claudine set off on the back of a camel into the golden sand dunes of Jaisalmer. Also known as the Golden City of India due to the yellow sandstone used in its architecture, Jaisalmer is in Rajasthan and very close to the border of Pakistan and also the Thar Desert.
Desert = Camels = Safari time!
You may be envisioning the glamorous instagram shots you see of boho beauties perfectly poised between two humps and luxurious buffets laid out under easy breezy luxe white tents. Yeah get that out of your mind right now. That would have been lovely but me and Claudine were on a very tight budget. We got chucked a dirty blanket to sleep on under the stars (no like really under the stars, on the sand, no roof) and shared a packet of rich tea biscuits for breakfast for which we were so very grateful. We had like NO MONEY.
So this is the Jaisalmer camel safari you get when you’re broke as f**k…
It was a very cold night and the sand is surprisingly hard to sleep on. Like a cold slab of concrete that hates you. But the hot chai in the morning was so damn delicious the long and rather uncomfortable night was soon forgotten. Sleeping under the stars sounds nice… like a lot of things sound nice… would I do it again? Ahhh… yeah probably if I’m honest. 🙂
Sand & Stars
I enjoyed the silence and stillness of the desert while getting rocked (and occasionally jolted) back and forth on a camel. While stuck between two humps for hours, with no wifi and endless stark desert landscape surrounding you for miles on end… you certainly have time to think and simply zone out. The camel safari in Jaisalmer was peaceful and calming and of course riding a camel was quite a novelty and very fun.
& Finally Civilization
I was however grateful to get back to civilization and have a much needed shower. One thing we all totally underestimated was the power of the sun while out in the desert and we were all a bit sunburnt after our camel safari. I recommend wearing long sleeved tops, lightweight trousers that hit your ankles, shoes that cover your feet and a hat that keeps the sun off your face, not like my dumb headscarf idea. I don’t know what I was hoping to achieve with that. Skin cancer maybe.
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