Rajasthan Trip – Jaisalmer my top picks III


We ended up in the fort today. Weird how it doesn’t “feel” like a fort once you in it…

The 1 min 40 seconds hell ride

Guess watching the video says it all :). A bit of a different ride than we are used to and much better and more fun than walking all the way to the fort entrance. The giggling on the background is us, so mute if it bothers you. You have been warned. Note: the video could take some time to load…

The Fort

Finally, we are going to explore the fort! Up to now I only saw it from the outside. It looks impressive sitting on top of a hill, as they all do. The fort is suffering heavily from the new way of living from its inhabitants, especially water and waste water management. It is the largest still inhabited fort in the world.

And then you are walking in the fort, but it doesn’t feel like that. It feels like you are walking in a town with small alleys and lanes. You don’t see parts of a fortress sticking out, the edge of the wall or something that gives it away. Guess that’s because the walls are hidden behind the houses?

We were about to enter a shop when a couple of French speaking tourists passed by. Although French is not my native language, I do understand more than enough. I hear one of them saying “you need to really watch out where you are going. Yesterday I walked onto cow feces!” I was telling my friend about it. She had a big smile on her face… that would not happen to us! Splash!!! Karma in the form of a pigeon proved us wrong. This was not normal-by-accident dropping, this was deliberately massive. The guard of the haveli we were about to enter was trying hard to stay professional and keep his mouth straight. My friend told him he could laugh as she would do that as well if someone else got hit. Brahm our guide was with us and his eyes popped out of its sockets. There is one thing you need to know about him. He is a very courteous man who has been telling us on numerous occasions that “that his mother has raised him well. She raised him not to talk about stuff you shouldn’t be talking about in the presence of ladies” (ie when he was explaining why opium was used: for the elephants before going to battle, for warriors before going to battle and for men before… you know “what”, the thing he could not talk about in front of ladies). So, after the pigeon attack he probably decided that being under pigeon stuff is worse for a lady than being wiped clean by a man with a cloth resembling a full body search…

Jain temples

These were very high on my list. We fully enjoyed it. The great thing is that I don’t feel this city or the temples are overly crowded. At times you are all alone and there is actual peace and quiet.

Gadsisar lake

Now, this was fun! Our guide isn’t allowed here with us apparently, so with the usual set of instructions on how to dodge scams and annoyances we are let lose to wander by ourselves. Sometimes the guides and Babu (our driver) seem to be overly protective. And it seems the further into the trip, the more protective they get.

While we are exploring, a motorcycle with 2 men on it stop and start talking with my friend. A certain moment my friend says “OK. Then we will meet you there.” I am in shock. What is she doing? Picking up men? That was not on the list of safe things to do! As I was so intrigued by something I was taking pictures of I failed to recognize our guide was supposedly the man she was hitting on…

We get to steps leading to the water and buy some bread. The young girl provides the instructions on how to do this. We have great fun feeding the fish. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make us happy.

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