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Exploring Bikaner and a visit to Deshnoke

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Bhanda Shaha temple
We had an early start this morning. A tonga was waiting for us to show us a little bit more of old Bikaner. The horse brought us to the Bhanda Shaha Jain temple. It is build by a businessman "Bhanda shah" in 1628 AD and was dedicated to the sixth lord of Jainism. We got inside without our shoes, of course, and a person showed us around in the temple. We knew that this cost us some roepies. He showed us also the top floors and we had a great view over Bikaner. We left there around 8:45 or so and we continued our tour through Bikaner. We took some pictures, also from the so called: "Titanic building" and around 9:15 we were back at our hotel. There we took some pictures in the Buick. We had a little time left and we used that to get to the top floor of our hotel to have a good view over Old Bikaner.
Me next to the drinking rats.


At 10 our driver is present and with a guide we organized we drove to Deshnoke. A small town 30 km south of Bikaner. At 10:40 we were there and saw a lot op people waiting there in line. They where in line because they wanted to buy something to offer there. We passed them all and for the first time we saw where they are offering for.... Rats! We had already taken our shoes off and barefoot we walked through the temple between rats. Not a handful, or a dozen, but many many more. You really have to watch where you are walking. A few of them are dead, some look very sick but the most are running all around you ore sitting in a corner, because they must be feeling sick from all they got to eat from the local people.
View from the top of our hotel
For us Dutch people, it is strange to see this, because when we see a rat in the Netherlands you have to get rit of him because they bring diseases in your house. But here they are treaded as holey rats. They are telling us that, if you see a white rat, it will bring you luck. So 5 minutes later we saw the white rat. Only tourist are allowed to get to the place where we saw the rat, but in no time all the locals followed us and wanted to see the rat also. Complete chaos and we decided to leave ASAP. We finished our tour through the rats and left the temple. We walked around the temple to get some fresh air and got back to our car. Then we got a surprise from the guide, he showed us his store with a lot of Kashmir stuff.
CRAZY, people still crossing the railroad, while the barriers are closed.
Unfortunately for him we did not buy anything.

Back at our hotel we took a little rest because it was very hot outside. At 5pm we left again for our camel ride. We didn't know where so we thought they would pick us up at the hotel. The guide was there and we had to take our car to drive to the place where the Camels where. Oké, no problem, they found our driver and we left. Just 5 minutes later we had to stop before a railroad. The barriers where already down so we waited. But what is happening: all the people kept on walking and biking underneath the barriers. Even motorcycles are passing the barriers. So what if the train is coming? We got out of the car and walked to the barrier. No train to see. Thats why they keep crossing. It will take around 10 minutes before the train will actually pass.
My first camelride.
And indeed, 10 minutes later the train really came. Just the last 20 seconds no more people where crossing the rail road. Really strange to see this.

After seeing this we continued our drive and 30 minutes later we found the 2 camels. We climbed up the 2 camels and headed into the desert. Not really a desert but a lot of sand. After a while we stopped and we got of our camels and it starts raining. Why now? But oke, nothing to do about it, no umbrella and no raincoats, so just getting wet. We climbed to the top of a sand dune, and watched a rainbow. It looked very close to us, so this was our chance to find the pot of gold and the end of the rainbow. Sorry, we didn't find it, it must be hidden at the other end of the rainbow. The rain stopped and we went back to the camels for our ride back to the car.
A rainbow very close. We didn't find the pot of gold.
Driving home we saw a little bit of a sunset. Our guide had a last offer for us, he would bring us to a restaurant later on. At 20:30 he was at our hotel again and we walked to the center for our diner. This time we had our diner between the locals and I was afraid that this was dangerous for us. Why? because we could get very sick from this food, but it looked likes it was very good cooked and hot so we stayed there and had a good diner.

After diner the guide would bring us to our hotel, but first.... of course... he brought us to his house where his brother showed us some paintings. They were good but we didn't bought any. Only 2 minutes from our hotel we found it and after some writing in my diary we decided to call it a day.
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Bhanda Shaha temple
Bhanda Shaha temple
Me next to the drinking rats.
Me next to the drinking rats.
View from the top of our hotel
View from the top of our hotel
CRAZY, people still crossing the r…
CRAZY, people still crossing the …
My first camelride.
My first camelride.
A rainbow very close. We didnt fi…
A rainbow very close. We didn't f…
Streets of Bikaner
Streets of Bikaner
Bhanda Shaha Jain temple
Bhanda Shaha Jain temple
Inside Bhanda Shaha
Inside Bhanda Shaha
Inside Bhanda Shaha
Inside Bhanda Shaha
Inside Bhanda Shaha
Inside Bhanda Shaha
On top of the temple
On top of the temple
On top of the Bhanda Shaha temple
On top of the Bhanda Shaha temple
Decorations inside
Decorations inside
Bhanda Shaha Jain temple
Bhanda Shaha Jain temple
Ceiling
Ceiling
Bhanda Shaha temple in Bikaner
Bhanda Shaha temple in Bikaner
Streets of old Bikaner
Streets of old Bikaner
Streets of old Bikaner
Streets of old Bikaner
Titanic building
"Titanic building"
facade
facade
Nice facade
Nice facade
Me driving an old car.
Me driving an old car.
The hotel. Our room was almost all…
The hotel. Our room was almost al…
Camel, (dromedary)
Camel, (dromedary)
Me reading about Rajasthan
Me reading about Rajasthan
All waiting for the train
All waiting for the train
Also waiting
Also waiting
Crazy, but the reason is the barri…
Crazy, but the reason is the barr…
Finally the train is coming.
Finally the train is coming.
The train.
The train.
Status of... I dont know!
Status of... I don't know!
Its..... high?
Its..... high?
Oncoming traffic
Oncoming traffic
The desert. Still a lot of green!
The desert. Still a lot of green!
Resting
Resting
But we found rain. we were soaked!
But we found rain. we were soaked!
Still the rainbow visible
Still the rainbow visible
More rain coming
More rain coming
Back to our car
Back to our car
There is our driver waiting.
There is our driver waiting.
Saying goodbye to the camels
Saying goodbye to the camels
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Our door handles in the hotel
Our door handles in the hotel
Bikaner
photo by: skippyed