Jaisalmer - the land where the time froze

by Anand Vardhan

Rajasthan, the land of valiant Rajputs is itself a beautiful state where Peacocks frolic around and sage like Camels wander around. I stayed in Jodhpur and worked in Ramgad some 600 KMs to the west along the borders of Pakistan. Jaisalmer is exactly halfway between Ramgad and Jodhpur. From Delhi or Bombay you can fly or travel by train to Jodhpur. From Jodhpur I used to fly in my Company's helicopter but there are trains and buses going to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur. There are some 3 star hotels in Jaisalmer where one can get a very good AC rooms. The Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is very famous and people from all over the world come to see it. The Sand Dunes are the most visited tourist place in Jaisalmer. Apart from the Desert Festival days Jaislamer is practically frozen in time. Despite 50 degrees Celsius the town is bustling with Camels, heavily clad women carrying water, men shouting there ware... It is 100 % dry and lot of wind, hence the high temperature is never felt.

The Jaisalmer fort is worth seeing which is built entirely of Jaisalmer Sand stones. Practically everything is built of that there. In the evening the temperature might even fall to 0 degrees! Drive in the mid afternoon towards west to see beautiful Mirages! On the road to Ramgad there is the Air-force bombing practice ground. From the road you can watch as Jets zoom by and bomb the desert. The nearby Balmer town is famous for its furniture and wooden carvings. Take a camel ride, drink fresh Camels milk, and enjoy the desert's beautiful sunset as the camels trudge along in the horizon.

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