Tour de Forts
Jaisalmer Travel Blog› entry 114 of 151 › view all entries
February 9th, 2008 – by: chrisrae
I made my way down through the many winding streets to the clock tower, around which is the main shopping area. I found a book store and bought another good read, and then grabbed a cup of chai. I then ran into once again this nice fella who kept saying he knew me from somewhere. I hate to say, but I've taken to largely ignoring people as I walk the streets because it gets too much at times.
With my belly full I made it back to the hotel, after getting lost a few times. These streets are truly a maze. The next morning I grabbed a bus to Jaisalmer, the place where tourists go to do a camel safari in the desert. I haven't yet been on a camel, so I knew I would have to give this a go. I picked out a place to stay not in LP. The owner running it is very talkative and didn't push too hard on his camel safari, but after some negotiations, including me staying for free at the hotel and getting one extra beer on the safari, I am off early in the a.m. for a two day/one night "not so touristy" safari.
The owner then called up a friend to make dinner plans, so he invited me to join him. First we had to walk to the butcher's to get mutton (what they call goat). That was a treat (sense the sarcasm...). The guys were sitting on this platform on the ground and hacking away at bits of something. They held a sharp blade between their toes to do the finer chopping. Sanitary you ask? Not in the least, and I expressed concern at this, but he insisted they would give it a good wash with mineral water. I did not witness this step in the process but decided I would cast aside my worries. We then made our way to another hotel with a flaming owner who promptly gave me a rum and coke while he and his friends stared and smiled at me.
I was under the impression this was going to be a group dinner, but Raju asked me up to the roof, and I realized he was envisioning a romantic dinner for two. He called down to the boys and they brought us the mutton stew and chapatis. It was dark and cold, but I refused the offer of sharing his blanket and did my best to eat this meat substance in the dark. The sauce was actually really good, but the meat was fatty and bony.
After our meal I feigned being very tired and insisted we get back to the hotel so I could sleep. He was not interested in calling it a night, but after much protesting outside my bedroom door, I made it to bed. This morning he did not seem his jovial self, but I made clear I had a boyfriend back home and was just a friend. Thank goodness I am off in the morning.
Today I shall wander around this town's fort (the only one still occupied) and try to avoid any more romantic overtures until morning. I've heard that this camel trekking isn't all that great and is a bit painful. I was told a half day would suffice, but being a sucker for punishment, and wanting to get a little further out into some villages, I will be enduring some full days on a camel. Let's just hope I can walk when I return Tuesday!
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!