I'm going on Safari!
Jaisalmer Travel Blog› entry 13 of 34 › view all entries
February 15th, 2010 – by: staceyjamie
Some things' seem like a good idea at the time. But the reality of them has to be experienced first, before any real opinion can be formed. I would say that a camel safari in Jaisalmer would be one of these things.
Waking up at 7.am is never fun. I'm not a morning person, having a cold quick shower just adds insult to injury. I decided to keep on my room rather than putting my stuff into storage, because for some reason I just don’t trust the people in my hotel. The kitchen is dirty even by india standards, they don’t know how to make a cheese and tomato omelette which is a basic as it comes, there is no bin in the rooms, also not one of the windows opens or locks as it should.
You can see a few quid has been spent on the place, but like many Indian building projects, it seams ill conceived, with no attention to detail and unfinished.
Anyway I digress.
My camel safari into the Thar desert was hard work. Riding in formation in the scorching sun with camels farting in your face. ..well you have to keep a sense of humour. The scenery around you feels like something out of a wild west movie, I kept expecting to see a saloon and general store over yonder. All you see is more desert, scrubland, the carcasses of animals who never made it, and camel shit. Lots and lots of camel shit.
We made camp at the sand dunes, where I spent the first 20 minutes taking pictures of the contrast of the colour and size of my feet, next to the whole desert .
The night was cold. As I lay under the camel blanket, under a further blanket of stars. I didn’t think about much. It didn’t seem right to, when faced with the wonder of the heavens at night. I see Orions belt everywhere I go. I love the fact that I can now recognise it, lol. My head lamp came into its own in the desert. It's the blackest, deepest night, peppered with the sounds of the desert and did I mention the smell of shit..you spend alot of time avoiding shit. Animal,and human.
In the deepest night, say 2am, I need the bathroom ....errr...small shrub with desert surrounding it, and I can't find the bloody headlight. I know I wore it to bed, and put it beside me , but all my feeling around in the dark doesn’t locate it. Fit to burst, I put on socks as I can't even see my shoes, and play hop scotch in the dark, trying to avoid shit.
The next day the group splits into those bailing early, and heading back into Jaisalmer. And those toughing it out and getting their monies worth. Either-or, it costs' the same. Can you guess which group I’m in?
A further long camel ride through the windy desert ensues.
This village consisted of a well, camels, maybe 100 people, a school, more camels and goats, and a women who threw rocks at me, but thats a whole next different story. We stayed there for a while, then rode another hour into the desert. By this time I have a bad attitude, just want to have a shower and shut my legs, and not see any shit for at least 24 hours. Camel safari was amazing
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