Suryagarh, Jaisalmer : The land of dunes
December was a month of travel for me. Kick started it with a trip to Mugilu, Sakleshpur, then a trip to land of dunes followed by a trip to Kerala. Hopefully will write about the Kerala trip soon as well and the pending posts on Kairakudi are coming up as well but as usual I digress.
So Suryagarh, Jaisalmer invited me for a trip to experience the land of dunes and when the golden sand calls out who can say no.
Suryagarh is a beautiful property which is created like a luxury fort, everything is well thought and it's just breathtakingly beautiful
After a long (4 hr) but beautiful drive from Jodhpur we reached Jaisalmer towards evening and were received with a royal welcome of Camels and nagada making you feel the Rajasthan khataridari as they say
One look at my room was enough to let go of the journey tirdness though, I had a cup of chai, soaked in the bath tub and relaxed totally before heading down for dinner which was supposed to be the local Rajasthani meal
The dinner that was brilliant, local food served with inspired plating. Some of the stuff I really wanted to take home. I think this local dinner kind of set the tone for me the food and meals to follow. Excellent flavours
Next morning for breakfast they had arranged for something they call the Halwai breakfast, a gorgeous looking table with chaats and other snack items that Rajasthan is famous for. Whats not to love even if in my wildest dream I wouldn't have thought of eating mirchi vada and samosa chaat for breakfast, the nutrition experts say that it is the best time to eat such junk
There are many things one can do in Jaisalmer, I guess seeing the only living fort in India is the one that most people chose to do. About 4000 people are living in the fort right now with many small and big establishments. It's like a small city but then we chose to do the dessert safari instead, the idea of visiting a bheel village (all of a house outside the main village actually), seeing the tombs of silk Route travellers along with carvings which have influence from all over including Egypt, seeing the dunes etc weighed far more than the fort somehow.
who knew you will find horses in Jaisalmer
We spotted a huge herd of camels, got lucky I guess. This is when I missed my DSLR, since I had forgotten it at home (honestly I am also getting lazy). All these are cell phone pictures. Shot with iphone6 like they say
A village ruin, there are 400 odd villages like these over this area, locals say they are cursed and no one lives in them
The lone bheel houses, miles away from the main village and any water source. Yet the women living there seemed happy. Makes you wonder whether why we crib or does she know no better. Both not very encouraging thoughts
I loved this picture and they shy-naughty boy. BTW the diet coke was a treat, we gave him
Tombs of the Silk Route travelers
Man and woman, side by side. Remember this was the time when sati was prevalent in Rajasthan
All in all a great trip, would have loved more time. I could easily spent a week there but atleast 4 full days, the 3 day trip sounded so less.
And here is me at the entrance of Suryagarh
And the gorgeous sunset with camel. Dreams are made of this. I could retire here for sure.