Two days in the Thar desert

#1 Mar 17th, 2018, 21:41
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Now and then I suggest as desert experience the Thar desert trip, organized by Jodhpur's Durag Niwas guesthouse.
This advise is based on our experience of over ten years ago. This year we visit Govind and his family again.
Since we are wondering if the reality is as good as our memories we renew our experiences.

We are with 4 guests accompanied by Bunti, a long time staff member of the guesthouse and another guy. At 2 PM we start and travel by good roads.
The last part this changes in sand paths.
After 2 hours we reach our destination, a group of farmhouses near Satrawa.


One of these houses is the family farm of Govind.


The yellow part is the original house
During our previous trip we stayed there, now there is a small annex with three modern AC cabins.




We have ample time to install ourselves since a camel cart is waiting.


My wife doesn't feel well and stays in the compound but the rest of us climbs on the cart. The Thar desert is a very arid area covered with bushes and some trees.




Maybe not the regular idea of a desert but the advantage is that these is quite some wildlife. We see Nilgai, deer and peacocks.
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Interestingly, the construction with stone is circular. Are these the ones with A/C ?
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I am pleased for you that you are still travelling, I have enjoyed your travel journals very much. I hope your wife recovered to enjoy the desert?

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A bunch of boys climbs on the cart and together with four adults it is a heavy load.
Besides it goes all up-hill but for the camel it seems no problem.
We end on the top of a sandy slope, overlooking the vicinity.


Our car arrives with the others and the men prepare chai on an open fire.




We are waiting for the sunset, but as often the clouds arrive earlier.
Nevertheless it is a nice and peaceful setting.


In the meantime the camel-cart has gone downhill and we descend the slope. It is getting dark when we are back at the farmhouse.

On an open fire the dinner is prepared by two of the womens of the village. They use traditional fuel.




We watch, talk and drink a beer, a very relaxed atmosphere. The dinner tastes great.
Then it is time to go to bed. During our previous trip we slept on the rooftop, this time we take the comfortable bed.
Our companions are more daring and climb the roof.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Interestingly, the construction with stone is circular. Are these the ones with A/C ?
Yes, these cabins have AC
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We sleep well and wake up at dawn. I roam around, everywhere are peacocks, loudly screaming.




From the top of the new annex I can see the roof where we slept during our first visits.

The camels are arriving, the old man descends with a flip.


The boys let the camel kneel


Before we leave there is breakfast, in the meantime one of the men does some gardening.


At nine it is time for the sportive part.




I have a serious problem to get in the saddle, but manages it with the help of my camel guide. Fortunate there are no pictures of this.
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The guides have the camels on a rope and walk while we ride.


We come along a water tank and two camels drink a lot, the third one nibbles on a tree.


The result is that during the trip my camel is loudly belching.

One of the guides is very old and soon he climbs in the saddle, I have a young boy with me on the camel.


As said, it is over 10 years ago that I sat on a camel but I like it more now.



We ride for an hour or so and enjoy the sight-seeing. Again we see some Nilgai.

Look for the Nilgai

The we stop near a farm for a chai. Considering the problems I had to get on the camel I don't dismount.



Me and a fellow traveler


No chai for the camel
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Wonderful camel pics !
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After the refreshments we continue.





Around eleven o'clock we are back. I am so stiff that I hardly fall of the camel.

The lunch is cooked and prepared in a nearby farmhouse by the same ladies that served diner.
Now we eat in the room of the family. Again it tastes well.






Around one o'clock we go to Setrawa, the nearby town.
Govind, the owner of Durag Niws is also the driving force behind the Sambhali trust. This is an ngo that teaches and empower women and children.
We visit one of the schools. Although there are no courses on Sunday many have come to explain us what they are doing.
Touching is the proud of the young teachers. Ten years the started as illiterate students, now the educate the next generation.





After a while we leave and go back to Jodhpur, tired but satisfied after a great trip.
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Thanks for sharing your trip! Wonderful photos and wonderful write up!
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Thanks Vonkla for a lovely write up and pictures. It brings back so many memories of camel trips we have done in the past.
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This was a great write up Vonkla, I'm so sorry I missed it when you first posted it. Good photography too.

I'm still aiming for 3 and a half days in Jodhpur next March/April, although there won't be any camping...maybe next time

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