Jaisalmer - a jewel
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17 Sept. Jaisalmer, old and new, is built of golden sandstone. We walked up through the main zigzag gateway into the old fort, with its 99 bastions. It's beautiful. True, some buildings have collapsed, and others are in long term restoration, but there are dozens of houses, big and small with delicate latticework and beautiful carvings. Many are tourist shops and cafes but many are also homes. Women brush the street, children play, cows wander and make a mess, there is no traffic. We took off our shoes and all leather items, and decided neither of us was menstruating, and entered the Jain temples. A riot of exotic carvings of gods and voluptuous women. In the basement was a bat roost. We visit the Maharwahal's palace, a maze of rooms with various furnishings and mementoes.
18th September. We revisited the town, and bought a beautiful piece of Rajasthan textile. Later we took a jeep trip into the desert, past small thatched villages, with women carrying water pots from the wells on their heads. We saw the cenotaphs of the maharwahals, and finally stopped in a village for a camel ride to watch sunset over the dunes. Riding a camel was as uncomfortable as we remembered from earlier experiences. On the return to the village we abandoned the camels and jumped down the dunes. On the jeep ride back, Hil remarked on a bonfire quite near the road. The driver said "They're burning a dead body" in a very matter of fact voice. We're seeing India!