Untold Tales 10: Not-so-easy Rider, Rajasthan, India

rajasthan-desert-safari

3 days! Doesn’t sound too long, does it. But let me tell you, it’s a really long time to sit on a camel. Though that’s exactly what I did when lucky enough to take a camel safari in the hauntingly beautiful Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Click for map.

My guide, a gentle bearded fellow, looked as old as the desert itself, and took great pleasure in my initial discomfort. But it was worth every ounce of pain. The solitude was astounding. The scenery, sublime. The serenity, surreal. My bum, sore.

It was truly magical out there, far from the nearest civilization in the imposing fort town of Jaisalmer. The range in temperature was staggering, rising from a little over zero during the night up to 55’c in the heat of the day. But the desert skies were impossibly clear, and the horizon never ending. To sleep alfresco under so many stars was a privilege, and though chilly, both sunset and sunrise were spectacular.

If you want to get away from it all, if only for a few days, head out into the desert on a camel. Nature, pure and simple.

Me and Camel, Rajah I

The Nomad, hiding a painful grimace by trying to look cool.

Golden

Jaisalmer I

Rajah I

All images, care of the NOMAD’S 127 year old guide. Well, probably!

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