India – Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert





In the morning, breakfast is quickly served and everything’s packed fast to move on. It is fun to see the numerous beettle tracks everywhere around our sleeping area.

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The first stop today is another village. It looks much wealthier than the others we visited the previous day—with a dromedary and a truck. Nothing compared to the second village we visit, which apparently belongs to the untouchable cast, way less developed. No matter what, in both villages there are still a lot of kids asking for ruppees. We take some pictures with them while walking around. Between the villages there is time for a quick detour to check more seashell remains fossilized in the rocks.

The muslim village has a dromedary and a truck.

The muslim village has a dromedary and a truck.

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A rock shows seashells stuck and apparently fossilized. We are not sure about the age and our guide does not really give many explanations. Could it be a touristy trap?

A rock shows seashells stuck and apparently fossilized. We are not sure about the age and our guide does not really give many explanations. Could it be a touristy trap?

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After the populated villages, our next stop is the opposite: some abandoned houses. They’re thatch-roofed and walled and were left with items an all inside. It’s hard to imagine how it must be to live here, far away from water, other villages and with crowded jeeps or minibuses acting as the only means of public transportation, if it can be called that way.

An abandoned village. No wonder why, it is amazingly hot and dry here.

An abandoned village. No wonder why, it is amazingly hot and dry here.

Inside an old house.

Inside an old house.

The backyard of the house full of goat dung.

The backyard of the house full of goat dung.

Another more modern house was also abandoned.

Another more modern house was also abandoned.

It is quite common to find this in India: the typical lost sandal.

It is quite common to find this in India: the typical lost sandal.

Ain't it stylish? :P

Ain’t it stylish? :P.

Then, our guide takes us to see the water wells where women walk great distances to fetch some water for their houses. We take some of the water to refresh a bit our heads. It is surprisingly cold and so welcome. A small village of three houses is also settled in the area with a few “give me some rupees” local population.

One of the wells where people of the area walk long distances to get water.

One of the wells where people of the area walk long distances to get water.

Carlos also tries the turban on.

Carlos also tries the turban on.

Some clothes left to dry give a nice color to the setting.

Some clothes left to dry give a nice color to the setting.

This village has cows and chicks. A calf enjoys the shadow.

This village has cows and chicks. A calf enjoys the shadow.

Before returning to Jaisalmer town we pay a visit to the village and home where our guide grew up. His sisters kindly give us some chai and we sit and drink while they catch up.

At our guide's sister house, some colorful blankets.

At our guide’s sister house, some colorful blankets.

Our guide.

Our guide.

A view of Jaisalmer before getting there.

A view of Jaisalmer before getting there.

The windy storm prevented us from sleeping much but we will have some good rest in our train to the Pink City, Jaipur.

3 thoughts on “India – Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert

  1. La Sandalia !!! … jejejeje …. tranquilos….. aquí también te encuentras un zapato o bamba tirada en medio de la carretera…
    Un reportaje muy bonito… felicidades

  2. Gracias, chicas, nos alegramos de que hayáis compartido nuestro viaje por el desierto… ¡aunque sin tanto calor! 🙂

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