Exploring Bikaner and a visit to Deshnoke
Bikaner Travel Blog› entry 9 of 25 › view all entries
September 1st, 2009 – by: jos-nijenhuis
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.
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.
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.
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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