Road trip from Delhi to Thar desert ( Rajasthan) in October'15

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Some of the clicks at Jaisalmer war memorial or Museum
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Day 4 ( 20th Oct’15) Contd..
Now our destination was Jaisalmer fort the famous “Sonar Kela”, Yesterday on the way to Khuri we saw the glimpse of same and now we are heading to see the same. I was little worried about car parking as I expect that the fort area will be congested, however once we reach there and asking one person for parking, he advise us park where ever you like and take the parking slip of 50 Rs. which is valid in Jaisalmer city for that day. We comfortably park the car along with fort boundary. There are lots of eating options around that area. So before entering to the fort kids decided to have some Pani puri and it was worth trying.

Jaisalmer fort is a typical fort or I must say it is fort where people are living, lanes are narrow and offcourse due to tourism lots of guest houses and Restaurent are there which take out the charm of that place. I have seen lots of fort, however in this fort you do not feel like that you are inside a fort. There is a feeling that you are walking in any old city congested lanes with lots of shops, houses on both sides. There is a museum in the fort for which ticket is applicable and the ticket prices as well as camera prices are exhorbontatily high as compare to other places and once we visit museum we find nothing attractive or worth to spend time. However once you entered from main gate you can see hundreds of bats at the fort entrance.

Normally we observe that once you take camera ticket then no one bother you even you also clicks some photos from your mobile. However here security guys are quite strict and only allowed to take photo only with the camera and not with mobile. If some one want to use his mobile along with camera for photography he is suppose to buy two tickets for camera. I observe lots of people find it quite irritating and on top of that you may not find much thing to click. Let me tell here that later on we visited Havelis also and their museum is much more times worth then what we see inside fort. From top of that you can see the complete Jaisalmer city the Gadisar lake, Railway station etc. View of Jaisalmer is quite good from the top roof of museum.

Then it was time to visit the canon area and have some photos there. There are jain temples inside the fort and can be visited. Now it is the time to come out from the fort. In nut and shell if you see complete view of fort from outside it looks good but from inside you may not find it attractive, may be due to so much population living inside the fort and you can see autos, tempos, bike every where inside the fort.

As we had yet not looked any hotel in Jaisalmer still we decided to first visit some more places in Jaisalmer and then plan to see accommodation for our stay in Jaisalmer. As we are at fort so decided to visit Patwa ki Havelis first. Some one told us better to go there on walk keeping our car parked there itself. After walking through narrow lanes we are able to reach Patwaon ki Haveli. All the havelis are near to each other whether it is Salem singh ki haveli of Nathmal ki haveli. In Salem singh ki Havili the person sitting there told us that there is nothing to see except from top you can view the city. Later on we heard some thing more about Salem Singh which I will share later on. In Patwaon ki haveli they have maintained the museum and tickets are reasonably priced. After visiting havelis it is the time for some shopping and then a quick lunch. It was around 2.30 P.M. and we decided to go to gadisar lake. After conveniently parking our car at Gadisar lake, we go for the boating option. However only pedal boats were available and sun was also showing his power to us so we decided to do it either in morning or evening. The lake was beautiful with full of water and lots of cat fishes in the water. In Jaisalmer if you have to buy Pagdi ( Rajasthani hat) or puppets then Patawaon ki Havili is best area. While at gadisar lake you can buy local musical instruments.

Now it is the time for starting hunt for hotels it was around 3.15 P.M. We decided to first try RTDC hotel Moomal and try their huts. After asking the way we are able to reach there comfortably they have ample area of parking and huts are on the one side of parking area , it seems that they may be developed later on. We go to the reception and asked for same. They inform us that huts are under maintenance so they can not provide the same and also still the temperature is hot which make living in huts uncomfortable and ask us to see family room. At that time some one from behind come and said to the guy at receptionist that give them 10% discount and complimentary breakfast.
As we are coming there to take the unique experience of huts so we do not even bother to see the room and decided to look for some other option. We have visited few other hotels and in some cases ambience around hotel was not good and in some case price was too high and one hotel which charges are in budget and ambience is also good was already fully booked by one group which was expected to come their by evening. After wasting half an hour we decided to see the family room of hotel Moomal and again come back there. Mr Shyam ji who was at reception call one person and ask him to show the family room. Once we see the room we thought if we saw it earlier, then whatever time we wasted in searching hotels could be avoided. It is basically 2 bedroom cottage sort of things. Where one bedroom is quite bigger and other one is also big but not as compare to main one. All other facility is there except AC. We go back to the reception and my wife told them that how much more discount can be possible. Sahyamji replied that Madam it is RTDC hotel and as our GM told to give you 10% discount for which only he is empowered so he can offer that much only and he was already left to Tanot.
We took the room and ask them whether if we leave right now can we make to Sam sand dunes and enjoy safari. He told us it will be hardly take 30 minutes so we can comfortably reach there before sun set and also explain us the direction. After keeping our luggage in the room and quickly refreshing ourselves, we move towards Sam sand dunes.
The road is really nice and once we were approaching near Sam we found lots of resorts on one side of road. By driving in your own car the advantage is that you can decide where to stop and we reach to another end of Sam and then we hire one jeep for Safari. Interestingly the jeep Safari they will take you at different deserts which they defines as Thar, Mughal and Royal ( I think these are name giving by locals for tourist otherwise we all know it is Thar only) and for that he ask us to park our car at one dhaba and take us back towards Jaisalmer and after 3-4 kms driving back there is a road going in left which is suitable only for 4 wheel drive. Afte driving few minutes on this type of road we finally reach first sand dunes which they nemed Thar have some rooler coater ride there then move to Mughal desert and then to Royal. All these there sand dunes are separate and in between them you can find proper road. Once you at last one the driver stopped their jeep for some clicks and then take you on further ride and finally park in last desert area where you can have tea or take camel ride . We enjoyed tea there and enjoy the sunset there. After that he drops us back to dhaba.
Both camel and jeep safari in must do list if some one is visiting these areas For both the ride you have to really bargain hard not only for price but also how much time they spent. Jeep safari cost us 1000 Rs. For one hour, precisely on Sand dunes the time spent is few minutes. However as during our negotiation we initially emphasis on more times of ride on sand dunes so we got one or two round extra on last sand dunes as compare to other jeep safaris. Once we come back we inform the guy who negotiate on behalf of jeep driver that we are still not satisfied as actual jeep ride on sand dunes in very limited. In the complimentary he arranges free camel rides for our kids to sam san dunes.

As the sun was already set so area become dark however kids do not want to leave that place. One group of families was also present there so even though it was dark we stay there and kids keep on enjoying there. Once that group decided to return back we also take a call to leave that place. At that place our car was the only car which was parked there. While returning back we observe that dance and other programs are being started in some of the resort camps. On returning back it is completely dark and we found that we are the alone one who were on road at that time except one or two exception.

We did not go back to hotel rather we go directly to fort area. This time that place look deserted and we comfortably parked our car outside fort and look for good option for eat. One idea was to have it inside fort, however my daughter read Kadi at one place and that was sufficient for her to take all of us to that place ( her favourite dish is kadi chawal) and we must say that food was awesome there and we even came on next day also there to have dinner.
We also buy some fruits for tomorrow as tomorrow our plan include Longewala and Tanot mata temple. After quite a hectic day we returned back to hotel and go for sleep or I must say to prepare myself for next day drive.
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Some of the clicks at Jaisalmer Fort
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Some of more clicks of day
At Patwaon ki Haveli
View of fort from Haveli
Gadisar lake
Desert safari
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Day 5 ( 21st Oct’15)
After a good sleep, we wake up early morning. After quite a hectic day yesterday today we thought that it will be a relaxed day as in today itinerary we keep Longewala, Tanot, however what you plan and what is executed is different. It is the day which we remember definitely for a long time.

In the morning every thing was okay, than there was power failure or precisely very low voltage. Initially we thought that there may be a problem in power. After few minutes we realise that the problem is only with our room as in nearby room we do not see any issue of power. So we called the reception and they send one guy with whom I also check where is fault and primarily he inform that there is issue with MCB so once he make it right the power become on and we take a sigh of relief. But for how much time . After a minute or 2 again the same problem, this time I check the MCB and there was nothing wrong. Then we gain call the person, he inform that they already called electrician ,and he will be coming. Now almost 20-30 minutes passed and in mean time the things coming out that there is an overload , some other excuse and my better half start losings her temper and she went to the reception and what she done there is only I come to know later on but the outcome was that they immediately open 3 rooms for us where the power is there so that we can take bath, however we only utilise 2 rooms or should I say we only need max 2 room as our kids already take the bath. They promise that by the time we return back the issue will be resolved or else they keep any other room ready for us.
My better half then inform me he take the class of guy sitting at reception and she was not aware who he is, but on his instruction every one working there was rush to ensure to ,provide rooms for refresh ourselves. That guy at that time of reception was none other then Mr. Ameer Singh, General Manager RTDC. As I was not present when my better half took their class, so not aware about the intensity but later on I realise the same during my conversation with Mr. Ameer Singh before breakfast. I must use a word i.e. Through Gentleman for him. Once you start interacting with him you find him a person of good knowledge and of wonderful nature who is always keen to provide you whatever assistance required. Mr. Shyam ji who is working under him is also a nice person.

Mr Ameer Singh offers us that if we come early today then he will take us to Sam in his jeep, he also shares that yesterday night he take one of the family with him at tanot and take them to sand dunes and they enjoy desert safari in his jeep. He also inform that there was a huge rush due to Ashtami and today as it is Naomi so again we can expect huge rush.
After having breakfast which is also good we first go the nearby museum. It was 9.00 a.m. and from the watchman we come to know that they will open it 10.00 a.m. and evening it is open till 5.00 P.M.
Therefore we decided to visit the same in the evening. It was 9.00 a.m. and we decided to first cover Longewala ( We thought that rush will be in the morning and by noon when we reach there it would be less).

Let me tell something whatever you plan in execution it all depends upon the almighty.
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some of clicks of Moomal hotel in morning and on road to Ramgarh the water a sign of good rainfall.
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Day 5 ( Contd...)

Therefore we decided to visit the same in the evening. It was 9.00 a.m. and we decided to first cover Longewala ( We thought that rush will be in the morning and by noon when we reach there it would be less). So now various plans came in our mind. Yesterday we saw that there is puppet show in the evening so one thing was sure that in evening we have to visit the same otherwise who will manage kid. Other than that we have to cover Museum and yesterday we saw the board of Kuldhara, Ludarwa, Ajay sagar so we thought let us cover this also if we came by 2.00 P.M. then plan for these 1 or 2 place also.

Now coming to our journey to Longewala. as we take the Ramgarh road , immediately on the right side we observe a big area filled with water, which indicates that this year they receive good rainfall which also confirm by all locals.. Road is quite good. At Ramgarh there is one gas based power plant also. From Ramgarh the straight road goes to Tanot and for Longewala there is a diversion. Once you take that diversion. It is like that you are all alone on that road and there is one canal also crosses that road, which iooks good when you are in desert area. My better half who is still learning the driving in city traffic does not want to miss such drive so during whole trip this is only drive when I got a chance to relax and she take the control of steering.

We observe one snake crossing the road and we saw a deer on road who immediately tries to hide in the bushes and oak trees , once our car approaches him. We were not expecting deer there so not ready with camera, really miss a good opportunity to click deer on road.

After taking 2 or 3 small breaks some time to collect some sort of fruit from road which we observe quite a lot and so mush small sand dunes on the complete route which kids do not want to miss even though it is around 10.00 -10.30 a..m and Sun started showing his power. We reach Longewala around 11.00 a.m. There we have to show our ID and they make an entry in their register and then you can visit that area. They also show the same movie which we already seen at Jaisalmer war museum. Here you can actually revisit the Border movie with actual character. You can still see one or two Pakistani tanks submerged in sand lying as it is. There are some which are properly placed on platform.

Mr. Ramsevak from BSF make our entry and by going through our details when he know that we are coming from the region which is slso his native, he immediately arrange chair and water for all of us. My wife made a request that whether we can visit border from that place ( although it was not in my plan, as I know for that you need permission from Jaisalmer), He told us that border is approximately 13 km from that place and the road is up to 3 km and there after only BSF jeep can take us to border. Normally they do not allowed any body but he still check on his own with the higher authority however as no jeep was going to that side so he suggest that we can also try at Tanot but due to Naomi it may be quite difficult to get permission.

We spend quite a quality time at Longewala and then we move towards Tanot.
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some of the clicks on the way to Longewala
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