Jaisalmer: Camel trekking and the "Golden City"
We arrived in Jaisalmer on the 30th of December, just in time to make it to the Thar Desert to bring in the New Year. We spent one night in one of the many desert campsite/resorts with large white tents that have real beds inside and even an attached bathroom –“glamping” style. I didn’t really expect that; I expected something a bit more rustic, but I definitely did not complain…!
That night there was a cultural dance performance set up for us followed by a buffet dinner. There were only Indian tourists, with one especially large group of young guys drinking a lot and smoking hookah. They ended up playing loud music and dancing like hooligans, so we decided to go off with some of the workers to build a fire and take it chill instead.
The next day we spent riding camels and resting before we would set off into the sunset to say goodbye to 2017. I loved our New Year's celebration...no party, no music, no crowd, just my mom and I in the sand dunes under the stars, keeping peace and fire under our natural disco ball of the almost full moon. We woke up to see the sun rise then rode our camels back to the campsite, ready to freshen up and head to the "Golden City."
Jaisalmer is known as the "Golden City" because its buildings are made of a yellowish sandstone, beautifully carved with ornate sculptures. The city is crowned by a fort which contains the palace and various temples. I really liked walking around the fort, visiting shops with the most gorgeous antique textiles and rooftop restaurants to enjoy the views.
Next stop... Pushkar!!