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Ships of the Desert
by LG on 

A few nights ago I woke up, pulled a stack of covers that covered my head and looked around.  Framed by a full moon against a dune sandscape was an animal that looked like the bastard lovechild of a cow a giraffe.


I rubbed my eyes.  "Where the heck am I?!" I wondered.  Then it came back to me - a camel safari near the Golden City of Jaisalmer in far western Rajasthan along India's border with Pakistan.




I promised myself that if I survived my first week in India I'd put pen to paper (so to speak) about it.  After all, the conventional wisdom is that adjusting to India is tough on a body.   But as I've now been in country for about ten days I'm making good on that commitment.


Ah, where to start?


Perhaps at the beginning I suppose and then we can jump around from there and fill in minor details like standing toe-to-toe with the Taj Mahal -


So, "Why go to India?" you may ask.


A few reasons.  But perhaps the most basic is curiosity.  Consider a country of a billion people that is one-third the size of the US.   Ask people what they know of India back home (or most anywhere in the West) and you may hit perhaps three or four of the following: call centers and off-shore jobs, cows, turbans, spicy food, and yoga and meditation.   I was talking with an editor before I left and she suggested that Apu from The Simpsons may be the most recognized ambassador of Indian culture.  If that's not right, it's probably not too far off anyway.  Our collective Western understanding of modern India indeed seems shallow - particularly when you consider the impending importance of the subcontinent on the world stage.   I wanted to see for myself what it was like on the ground.


And it doesn't hurt that as a lifelong vegetarian I was honestly looking forward to heading to a place where my dietary restrictions wouldn't be quite so, well, restrictive.

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RE: Ships of the Desert by donaldmmock on

Rajasthan is a complete travel package. It is the most visited place by the tourists, local as well as international. The handcrafted items is the main attraction here. Ship of the dessert, CAMEL, is the most important part of this state. The colorful traditions and the culture of this state is very very beautiful. Great post shared. :)
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RE: Ships of the Desert by Lerma of Working Visa USA on

I also want to go to India and visit their temples. I heard that Indian temples is a must see place in India.

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RE: Ships of the Desert by Kevin James on

Are the people nice in India?, are they friendly? I want to stand toe to toe against Taj Mahal  as well and experience their culture.

RE: Ships of the Desert by Vijay M K on

 Wild Elephant Resort in Munnar is situated at a beautiful location among the mountains in Munnar with a perennial waterfall which can be viewed opposite to the resort. The service is amazing although not the formal stuff. No crisply uniformed staff, in fact most of them wear T shirts with the resort logo and are locals being trained to serve guests. They even accompany you to the waterfalls and show you the surrounding area.The leaf cottage, the treetop cottage, the Mud cottage and the rooms above the swimming pool are all situated on the top of the hillock from where you can see the mist moving in the opposite mountains. The scenery is amazing and the silence around id stunning except for the chirping of the crickets and the sound of the nearby waterfall. From the swimming pool one can see the mountains of sholayar in adjoining Tamil Nadu.During the night you can also see the fantastic collection of stars up in the sky something which I have never seen in my whole life in the city.The jeep safari  is equally amazing and takes you to waterfalls , rivers and forest terrains , the people accompanying you take the trouble to show you how cardamom is grown, take you around the tea gardens and even Rubber estates as you go downhill. There is also a fish pond where you can do fishing to your heartís content. You can also have your catch cooked for you and have it with some good palm toddy.In fact it is Nature all the way and I enjoyed it.

RE: Ships of the Desert by swatisingh on

all in all you've enjoyed the camel safari in Incredible India.

RE: Ships of the Desert by Camel Safari on

I think you easily and nicely played this game because tourism is not the easy job that you can do but i am appreciating your post and though both. thanks for this great and valuable article.

RE: Ships of the Desert by Travel on

India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in world. India is a multi-religious and multi-culture country. And also it is the house of wonderful places and Rajasthan is one of them. The camel riding or safari in Thar desert is a real adventure and traditional way to experience the spectacular desert of Rajasthan.Gandhinagar Gujarat

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RE: Ships of the Desert by sandy ao on

On the whole you seems to have enjoy your journey in India?!

And am sure it will make you come back and experience another trip of joy in India!!

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