Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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India: Jaisalmer

(Note:  If you've been enjoying my posts about my trip to India, go back to my post on Varanasi - the most surreal place on Earth perhaps? - because most of the photos never posted until now and they're some of the best from the trip!)


Our last city in India before we headed back to Delhi was Jaisalmer, a city in the Thar Desert (supposedly the most inhabited desert in the world), and only about 100 kilometers from the Pakistan border.

View from our hotel (of the fort), the Shahi Palace

Dinner with view of the fort

Two cuties I met at dinner :)

Tim in his Indian election gear!

Interesting a/c remote choices...

Inide a Jain temple in Jaisalmer




On our second night in Jaisalmer some of us took a "camel safari" into the desert and slept outside under the stars (and next to a million dung beetles!)

Driving to our camels in a Jeep
 We stopped at the Bada Bagh cenotaphs on the way...


JS, TS & me

IQ, our Peruvian friend we met in India

Our guides into the desert




Resting camel


Making dinner

IQ & JE

Me, TS & JE

Me!

JE, IQ, and TS

Our beds, rolled up on top of the Jeep


Babu

Me, wrapped in a mosquito jacket w/ hood and face mask and a sleep sack - protection from the dung beetles!
Dung beetle!



TS



Babu & Asu

Me

Me & TS
 

On our last full day in Jaisalmer, we took an amazing 3 hour Bollywood dance class with Queen Harish, the self-proclaimed "Dancing, Whirling, Desert Drag Queen."  It was amazing.

Play the youtube video below as a soundtrack as you scroll through the pics (it's the song we were dancing to!)













And oh! We ended up in the Jaisalmer edition of the Rajasthan newspaper!



And I saw a praying mantis :)











Saturday, April 19, 2014

India: Jodhpur



Jodhpur is called the "Blue City" because many of the homes are painted blue.  Originally it was a sign that the home was one of the Brahmans' but later others also painted their homes blue.  It is also thought to keep insects away.


 A big beautiful fort towers over the city and appears to be carved out of a mountain.


When we visited the fort, all the Indian people we met wanted to take photos with us.  We felt like celebrities.  More good ones to come once SPC uploads the photos from her camera but here are just a couple (we must have taken over 20!)




JE & IQ & I did a bunch of shopping in the markets.



I bought a beautiful quilt :)


And saw another elephant :)















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