On the train to Jaisalmer
This morning we were heading to Jaisalmer a journey of about 5 hours by train. After breakfast we headed to the train station and our train was in already. The part of the train we were travelling on was the sleeper and there wasn't that many people on it ! It was a sleeper with open compartments with 3 levels of bunks one side and two levels the other and it was very basic. The aircon was open a window although after we got out into the desert we soon had to close them again because half the desert was coming in the train. It had to be the dustiest train ride I’ve ever taken. For the first part of the journey I climbed up onto one of the top bunks and had a sleep, I was woken up by being too hot.
The basic sleeper train carriages which we took to Jaisalmer
Then something unexpected happened something went thud underneath our train and the train slowed to a stop.
We had run over a cow !
even though the train was blowing its horn continuously the cow still failed to get out the way.
So we were there for a good half hour, some of our group went out to take a look and even took photo’s which I thought was disrespectful, our tour leader politely
asked us not to do it in the end.
I went to one of the doors which was open to see what was going on.
People had got off the train and were standing around where the cow was stuck, the poor driver was trying to pull it out by himself from what I could see, no help from the onlookers.
Then he signalled to the other driver and they had to roll the train back and forth to dislodge the cow ! eventually they got what was left from out under the train, all a little gross really and then we were on our merry way.
The boys play cards on the train to Jaisalmer
I spent some of the time after that standing in the doorway and watching the passing desert scenery, it was the coolest spot to be in.
So finally to Jaisalmer and onto our hotel.
After settling into the hotel and having lunch on the rooftop restaurant of tomato soup and spring rolls !
I have to say the Indians aren’t bad at cooking up soups especially veggie ! Our tour had free time in the afternoon so three of us headed into town to explore and use the Internet cafe.
So far I liked the look of Jaisalmer its small and quaint and the people don’t hassle you.
After spending some good time at the Internet cafe I went in search of a memory card, I didn’t trust getting my photo’s burnt to CD.
I had to bargain hard for my SD card I got my price in the end by walking out the shop and that did the trick the guy soon changed his mind and came after me with the agreed price !
Our tour guide suggested that we go for a sunset ride paddle boat ride on Gadi Sagar a lake just south of the city walls.
The attractive gate entrance to Gadi Sagar lake
They call the Gadi Sagar the tank and once supplied water to the town, not sure if it still does !
so we hop into tuk tuk’s and head off down to the lake just before sunset.
The little narrow road down to the lake is lined with traders and at the end of the road and entrance to the lake is a very attractive gateway which is believed to have been built by a famous prostitute !!!
The lake itself is adorned with
little temples and shrines.
The lake was busy with Indian families so there was a little bit of a queue to get on the paddle boats which look like they had seen a better day, I guess I didn’t care as long as there were no holes !.
Most of the group took paddle boats out, three of us in one, I ended up steering otherwise Brendan would of had us in a wall !!
It was very relaxing and peaceful and worth the 30 rupees.
Brendan and I paddling out on Gadi Sagar lake
We noticed some Indians feeding the fish from the side of the lake and as we got closer I noticed how big they were, huge catfish ! you wouldn’t want to fall in !
So after our very relaxing paddling we headed back into town for dinner.
We decided for our trip into town we would take a tuk tuk the Indian way and I don’t
know how we did it but all 14 of us squeezed into one tuk tuk !
some squeezed either side of the driver, 8 of us in the back 2 of us sitting on knees and 3 hanging off the back !
it was very funny indeed and my immobile position gave a young Indian man the opportunity to slap me on the bum as it pulled away !
In town we headed to a lovely restaurant called Saffron,
it was Leonie’s
so it was time to celebrate.
Sunset on Gadi Sagar Lake
The restaurant had a lovely setting we were on the rooftop and you could see the city walls and surrounding town lit up.
Our tour guide had a couple of surprises for Leonie, first a nice cake which we had before dinner ! then our very own personal
Rajasthani puppet show which we all very much enjoyed.
All in all it was a good night had and the curry was excellent too !