Last Trip Of 2015: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan!
The excitement at the year end gets to everyone and so it did to me. I packed my bags and went off to Jaisalmer with my cousins to celebrate the new year's eve and enter the new year with a blast.
So before I get into the details of what all we saw there and stuff, I'd like to take a moment to tell you all that last year was amazing for the blog and thus for me, all thanks to you guys, the readers. I can be sloppy and not post for days but you guys just keep the blog breathing. I thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. My hope for this year: The time you devote into reading my blog increases tenfold and that I keep writing my heart out amidst all the chaos.
Jaisalmer is at a distance of faintly 270 km's from Jodhpur. We took a road trip to and from Jaisalmer and it was fun!
Fun Fact: I'm not a road trip person, at all. I sleep through most of the way and wake up to take a picture or two of the surroundings if found interesting enough. Also, I bag the most comfortable seat which comes bearing the animosity from a few other people riding along.
|With the goof ball!|
Once there, we enjoyed the desert safari: Basically, you are taken to a tour of the desert with nothing, in particular, to be shown but sand all over in an open jeep which is driven at a very fast speed.
You stand on the backside like the picture below and let the wind take control, not really because then you'll be lost in the sand somewhere, forever. Just kidding, they'll find you.
I don't have any of the pictures of our doing the same because we all were enjoying the ride swinging and hitting each other while the wind ruled and the golden sand blew about everywhere else. It was more fun because the wintry cold wind made sure we tried not to get hit which made us hit each other all the more.
It was one hell of an experience. I'd give anything to do that again! A pity that we had to visit other sites too that we couldn't come back for more.
We decided to ride the camels and yes, more fun to come. It was great, the ride, more so because my sister just couldn't stop screaming of an irrational fear that she'd fall.
Since it was nightfall, the pictures I had taken are not so presentable.
Tip: When you do ride the camels there, make sure you have someone from Jaisalmer to guide you around. These guys, they take you around and don't let you unmount until you pay them a lot more than was initially decided. They call it 'Bakshish'. Takes me all the way to Baghdad.
After the ride, it was time to head back and our ride was waiting. The ride back was even better because the winds were a lot colder than in the evening.
This is close to what I saw at around 7:30 p.m.:
Moving on, we had lunch at a colourful restaurant and headed home (the hotel). We were all tired after the day's travel and went to sleep without much ado.
The next day, we took a trip to a village situated 180 km's from Jaisalmer, Tanot. Situated there is a renowned temple called the Tanot Mata Temple.
Why renowned? I'll tell you why.
It is said that during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Pakistani Army dropped several bombs targeting the temple but none of the bombs could fall on the temple and large numbers of bombs in the vicinity of the temple did not explode. After the war, the temple management was handed over to Border Security Force of India. On this date, Border Security Force Jawans man the temple. The temple has a museum which has collections of the unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan.
We saw the bombs and the pictures from the war. It might sound superficial, but it's true. There is hard evidence supporting the incident.
On our way to and from the temple, we saw a lot of interesting stuff.
1. This tank was captured from the Pakistani Army during the abovementioned war.
3. The 'Sarson Ka khet' (Mustard Farm).
4. These pictures of rising and setting Sun.
The next day, we visited the Jaisalmer Fort and ate in an Italian Restaurant. The fort was, although disappointing, quite a good exercise after cruising around in the car for so much time.
No pictures from the fort. I have a video of the Armoury there which was the only thing that intrigued me. I'll try to embed it here.
|First Selfie of 2015!|
Thankfully, I have been able to study and that's the a big relief. I hope all of yours comments work as my blessings! xD
Before I take your leave, I wish you all a great year ahead with lots of adventure and excitement, happiness and success! :)