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Oct 18, 2011 - Jaisalmer **Blog**

Jaisalmer, the ‘golden city’, is the western-most city in Rajasthan, bordered by desert and way out into the desert, Pakistan. The desert on the horizon created an odd feeling of really being on the edge of things and the sandy dry nature of the city itself made for a very different atmosphere compared to the rest of Rajasthan. The horizon was also dotted with windmill electricity farms and despite the fact there were regular power-cuts in Jaisalmer itself, we were told that the power from the windmills was actually used to floodlight the...

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Mar 13, 2011 - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (284 km)

Unser heutiges Ziel war die Wüstenstadt Jaisalmer, die westlichste Stadt von Rajasthan. Am Morgen besuchten wir aber zuerst noch das Mehrangarh Forst von Jodhpur, welches wir auf eigene Faust auskundschafteten. Dazu erhielten wir am Eingang (im Preis von 300 Rupien, ca. CHF 7.00 inbegriffen) ein Audiogerät, welches uns über 33 Posten in deutscher Sprache durch das Fort führte. Wir konnten also die Erklärungen dort zuschalten, wo wir interessiert waren – eine sehr gute Variante zu den englisch sprechenden Führern … Da das Fort von aussen...

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Feb 26, 2011 - Safari

First of all I am back and uninjured. Though my ass is sore. I had a realy great time. There were seven of us that went: a Spanish woman, a Kiwi (New Zealand)couple, 2 English women, and Argentinian guy and me. The Spanish girl, one of the English girls and the Argentinian guy only stayed one night. Camels are nasty beasts for those of you who don't know. They fart and/or poop about every two minutes, and their gas is foul. All of our camels had colds as well o they had goo slipping from their nostrils and they sneezed a lot. Fun times. We...

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Feb 22, 2011 - Camel Safari

Tomorrow I am going out into the Thar Desert on a camel safari. The trip consists of about 5 hours/day on a camel, breakfast/lunch/dinner, sleeping under the stars (literally; no tents), I will visit several desert villages, some sand dune areas, and various other sights. I am not sure if I will do 3day/2nights or 4days/3nights yet. Also I haven't decided on which company I will go with. It will either be Trotters, or my hotels travel agency: GIriraj Travels. o worries, it is a highly, highly traveled route. There may be dozens of others...

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Feb 21, 2011 - Jaisalmer

I finally made it to Jaisalmer. I am staying at Shree Giraji Palace Hotel. I just got in from Jodhpur about 45 minutes ago and found a hotel at the first place I tried. Next up: supplies. I need water, toilet paper, the usual junk for my room. Plus I am running low on deodorant. I am contemplating doing a camel safari, we shall see. I spent four nights in Jodhpur and I really can't say why. It wasn't my favorite town. I met this guy Vicky (Assan) a couple of days ago. They have an omelette shop that sells ridiculously cheap omelettes. The...

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Dec 10, 2010 - Bikaner to Jaisalmer

The drive to Jaisalmer began at 9:30, a 6 hour trip from Bikaner. The drive is through the Thar Desert - very sparse vegetation and fewer people live here. One of the highlights of the drive was Lisa driving, and then Susan driving, both in a right hand drive vehicle on the opposite side of the road. We stopped at the side of the road to pick some berries off these low, thorn infested trees. The pitted fruit was quite small; Murray said they reminded him of Gogi berries. I thought they were pulpy, very little taste and not much moisture...

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Dec 10, 2010 - Amritsar/McLeod Ganj/Birkener/Jaislamer

Up in the cool mountains again after a 3 bus/9hr trip from Amritsar. McLeod Ganj is the home of the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government. Stayed in a room overlooking snow covered mountains. Lovely couple of days walking to all the different little villages around about. As I mentioned before, Tibetans seem to be a much more gentle race than Indians - the difference is quite marked. Went to the same Tibetan restaurant each night and feasted on meat momos. We've not seen meat for quite some time as if a place is deemed holy (seems...

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Oct 30, 2010 - A Camel Safari Saga

The business of the camel safari has been going on since I arrived in Jaisalmer; Manni, a worker at the hotel Surja wants to take me by jeep to the best place in the desert, a peaceful place, not full of tourists, hassles or plastic trash. He says his family owns camels, good camels and we will depart from his village 60km away. I explain to Manni that I prefer to safari with a group and with a group he can offer me a better price than the 1,900 rupees he quoted. He said he will look for others to safari with us. Yesterday afternoon, as I...

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Oct 29, 2010 - A Golden Awakening

I awoke this morning in Jaisalmer, the golden city. My room is at the Hotel Surja, a part of outer wall of the fortress, that is the heart and soul of Jaisalmer. My hotel room is medieval like, with marbled floors and walls decorated in a Rajasthani theme. The first thing I did upon arrival yesterday was to climb out of the large window next to the bed and seat myself on a cushion, atop the window’s ledge. I don’t know the name, but it’s like a sit down mini balcony for one or two persons or rather like sitting in the bay area of a bay...

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Oct 28, 2010 - A Journey to Jaisalmer

I am on the Jaisalmer Express, traveling through the Thar Desert. As I peer out the window I see a landscape dotted with grass and scrub, planted like crops in a sea of brown sand. I’m told that it rained this year, so it’s a much greener time. Although it‘s only 8am, I’ve already had a full morning of activity. My day started with an unusual problem. I had no cold water. My bathroom had plenty of very hot water coming from the shower and sink faucets, but no cold water. I adjusted accordingly and I exited the hotel by 5am. It was a dark,...

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May 8, 2010 - Aktuelle Statistik

Aktuelle Statistik Zurueckgelegte Kilometer ohne Fluege: 6950km Fortbewegungsmittel: ausschliesslich mit oeffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln Krankenstandstage: 0 wir essen fast immer auf Strassenstaenden und waren noch keinen Tag ans Bett gebunden Landschaften: Wueste Thar, Himalaya, Ganges, Mekong, Meer, ....... indische Freunde: mindestens 100 (Inder lieben es Freundschaften zu schliessen, auch wenn sie nur fuer eine Minute andauern) derzeitiger Plan: Wie ihr wisst, haben wir schon unzaehlige Male unsere Plaene geaendert. Wir wollten jetzt...

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May 7, 2010 - 40 Grad im Schatten

Wir pendeln durch Rajasthan! Genug von den Bergen, ab ins Flachland! Infos zum Bundesstaat Rajasthan: Rajasthan liegt im Westen Indiens und grenzt an Pakistan. Das Land besteht hauptsaechlich aus der Wueste Thar. Hier lebten die Rajputen und dann die Maharatschas. Durch Rajasthan fuehrte die Seidenstrasse und Rajasthan war unvorstellbar reich. Seide, Silber, Gold, Kamelzucht, uvm machte Rajasthan zu einem maechtigen Staat dessen Macht und Einfluss bis in den Mittleren Osten reichte. Die Forts, in denen die Maharatschafamilien leben, sind...

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Der ferne Osten

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