Friday 25 Jan
Arrival in Jaisalmer
Train arrived late in to Jaisalmer but only a short transfer to the hotel (which was in the middle of nowhere!) and we were able to get straight into the room. After some more sleep we woke to find there was no electricity! It came on half way through my shower, and then the hot water ran out! Nightmare!!!
Picked up for our tour of the Golden City (famous for patchwork and only 150km from Pakistan) and the first stop was man made lake Gadisar, where Maharaja used to entertain people including one lady who was a prostitute! She built a gate to the lake and the local people tried to get the maharaja to knock it down but the lady had put a temple at the top so he couldn't!
Another fort was next, but this was one different to the Jodhpur one as 4000 people still actually lived inside and it was like a community. Really nice. Outside was a girl walking a high(ish) tightrope whilst another girl played an instrument. We walked around the streets seeing the people going about their lives. Stopped for lunch at The Little Tibbet Restaurant, that's how it was spelt! At the very top had brilliant views of the city and we tried some traditional Tibetan food, Momo (dumpling) and Thukpa (noodle soup) - scrummy! Washed down with a Kingfisher Beer, which is an Indian beer and it's lovely. The guide took our photo and when I went to check it the photos that disappeared yesterday had returned!
The fort contains lots of hotels and we were shown one of the rooms, that go for 70 pounds per night! We then had our first experience of a Rickshaw back down from the Fort to the market streets, a hilarious experience as they go so fast and cut by so close to other people and cars! Nic was hanging on to me for dear life! When we got out the guide pointed out a shop selling weed, which is legal here!
We walked through the narrow streets and got taken to a few shops but I was good and didn't buy. Everything is so cheap here it is hard not to shop, especially for me!!!! Almost bought a patchwork (what Jaisalmer is famous for) but was strong! The houses here are as old as 12th Century - 15th Century and are known as Havelis. We were shown inside one, and the decoration was amazing. One floor has been destroyed by woodworm but the rest was well preserved! The guide recommended a restaurant for dinner, The Trio, and we booked a table after checking it out, fab view and nice menu. Back to hotel, avoiding a herd of goats in the road as we went, to find that there was no electricity again. Luckily it came on after a while!
We got a rickshaw from the hotel back into town for dinner and were both in hysterics, hanging on to each other as we sped along! Luckily this one had a barrier to stop you falling out but only on Nic's side!! The view from the restaurant flat bed seat we booked was amazing, with the fort all lit up. We too our shoes off and sat cross legged as the trio played their interesting music, which seemed to have no real melody but was still good. A big marching band went by outside disturbing them, and most of the other people in the restaurant who all got up to look.
Our Rickshaw driver - Lucky!!! - passed us ovr to his 'brother' to take us to an internet café at.. wait for it… a German bakery! Stayed here for quite a while and when we left the town was deserted, and the ride back to the hotel on the Rickshaw was very cold!! Luckily there was a heater in our room when we got back, and the electricity was working - result - plus it helped our washing dry!