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Jaisalmer, Sandstone City

I arrived in Jaisalmer in mid July 2016 during the peak of the sweltering, dry hot season.
Beneath the cloud of stagnant heat I discover a beautiful city. With  a large fort looking over the bustling market, the charms of this city are undeniable. The stunning sandstone carving that decorate the outside of houses and temples is the signature of this cities beauty.
On arrival I found myself at a lovely haveli ( guesthouse/ small hotel) called Arya Haveli. After the long train trip from Delhi it was a relief to make myself comfortable in my charming room.
After a nice long nap I went to sit in the hotel’s cafe for a cup of chai and a chat with some fellow travelers.
The owner Om is a very friendly local guy with a passion for music. He was delighted to share an array of his favorite songs ranging from Indian and Rajasthani classical to Goa trans, Asian-fusion, dub-step and electronica. I had such a wonderful first night.
I woke up early to set out on a camel safari which I booked through the hotel’s Arya Tours and Travel.
I had such a wonderful time. As they promised Arya Tours took our group to the lesser visited area of Jaisalmer’s surrounding desert.We rode for a few hours and settled down for the night under the stars after a delicious meals cooked over a fire by the tour guys.
What a fabulous time I had. I would highly recommend Arya Tours and Travel and Arya Haveli if you go to Jaisalmer. I felt at home and made several great friend at that place.

Some pics from my final days in Jaisalmer. I’m off to Jaipur next.


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