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You owe it to yourself to take a camel trek through the Thar Desert. You can Organise them anywhere in Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Pushkar (even in Jodphur). I organised my trek in Jaisalmer. I simply told the manager of Hotel Surat, where i stayed. He worked out everything for me. I heard this is how it goes. Treks usually included water, meals, guides and bedding. You sleep out under the stars on the sanddunes at Sam. Fantastic. Our tour didn't include beer, but there where some boys selling it on the dunes at night. Can you believe that. Incredible.

Some of the places I visited on my camel trek are Bada Bag which is only 6 kms north of Jaisalmer on way to Ramgarh. the small settlement of Bada Bag houses an amazing array of royal cenotaphs with carved images of past Maharawals & their families.

Northwest from Jaisalmer, is Luderwa, the ancient capital of Jaisalmer now a silent city, the only witness to its former splendour are the Jain Temple, Toran (ornate arche) & artificial divine tree (Kalptaroo) are the main attractions here. Ruins of the deserted capital still remind the famous love legend of Moomal-Mahendra.

In Amar-Sagar is the remains of old water reservoirs developed by Maharawal Amar Singh in 1688 AD. The dams were constructed to hold rainwater. There is also a Summer Palace. On the south of the lake stands the exquisitely carved Jain temple constructed by Himmat Ram Bafna, the descendant of famous patwas.

The photograph is taken just out of the Medieval Deserted village of Kuldhara. The menfolk of the Village seem to be primarily Raika or Camel herders and breeders. Kuldhara & Khabha were abandoned by Paliwal Brahmins overnight, out of that two most prominent villages are Kuldhara & Khabha located about 18 to 30 kms. South West of Jaisalmer and Kuldhara 5 kms. of the same road. The ruins of Kuldhara & Khabha exhibit the architectural, excellence of those times, which was buried under dunes till recently.

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  • Updated Feb 9, 2005
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