I have been to Jaisalmer an era ago, when travelling was more about getting pampered by parents, buying or at least wish to get one or the other thing, taste each and every street food, and then to share the stories of rail-journey, hotel room, bus-guided tours when back to school. Except for that we, a group of boys and girls from my railway colony, had camel ride on some dune, saw where the movie Border was shot and also witnessed shooting of a Rajasthani movie (where a dude from our group pissed off the actor calling him Uncle), I don’t remember much.
So, this ride to Jaisalmer was just not another ride but also a journey down the memory lane. Nostalgia was of different sort when the city recalled me how that childhood tripping which had a girl from my class annoyed another girl for the obvious reasons :)
|Longewala to Tanot - a Must do Road|
Khuri sand dunes (also Khoohdi or Kuhri) are not that famous as are the Saam or Sam Sand Dunes, but we have been recommended by the Devil Dheeraj to visit Khuri for its not that commercialised. Incidentally, our host Rahul has also picked up Khuri as our first day’s destination. Khuri is some 46km southwest of Jaisalmer, from Union Circle – the entry point of the Golden City. A single lane, thin road leads to the Khoodi village through a series of ups and downs. Our plan as to rush to the place and enjoy the sunset at dunes, but sun wasn’t ready to wait much for us and we had to take the shots of Sun en route.
|Sun setting on the road to Khuri|
I have not been to Sam Dunes, but this place too has got a few Village-resorts and other few are under construction. It has got an ATM and a beer shop too, though what we cherished undoubtedly was those pakode and tea of Kaka’s shop right across that primary school without a toilet.
|That 'HOT' male camle and Sandy|
|She knew about Him, and so did Sandy - look at his Smile|
|Nope, not playing Daredevil...I seriously didnt know about his condition|
We reached the place where we had to stay overnight, and left for a camel-ride to nearby dunes. Funniest and simultaneously scariest part of the trip was that one of those camels was a male in his heating period – really high on hormones and other was a shy female. The male was literally growling and was somehow being managed by its owner, while the female was as calm and probably afraid as we were. It was late evening when we reached the dunes, and we could only manage a few pics. Next on schedule was a visit to belly-dancing at one of nearby resort’s night party, but to our dismay it cancelled. Well, we got to know that those dancers are not from the village, but from some distant village and even from other cities and a few Russians. So, we actually missed it :( ;(
|The best I could :/|
Nevertheless, what we did that night wasn’t a bit less than a helluva adventure. Rahul’s colleague took us to their site well in midst of dunes somewhere on that rickety ol’ sick-axle probably Mahindra (it could also be a Willey). The drive was one never-forgettable with that stinky smell of tyre burning on hot axle and scary stories on how some trip one of the tyre shoot off the running vehicle and was never found again. Anyways, Sandy and Rahul loved that desi chicken and I devoured aaloo-gobhi with curry under that moon lit sky’ed roof over the golden sands. As I told, primary school didn’t have toilet, so next morning daily-business was supposed to be dealt at dawn or else you are doomed with so many lady folks all around the do’able places. Tired of a 1000+ km ride, I woke up late and finally had to answer the call in sub-basin filled with shrubs with a few peacock doing something same sort of. Sandy placed the call on hold and only attended when we reached Rahul’s place in the city.
|Rahul, Me and Sandy on Sands|
|Headlight Dinner - hell lot better than Candle Light :)|
|In background is the school where spent the night|
|Khuri 0 Milestone: At the entrance of the village, though while leaving the town :)|
This place was high on our trip list. So, an hour or so at Rahul’s place and we left for Longewala. This place is about 130km NNW of Jaisalmer, through MDR 53 via Mokal-Ramgarh. Road was scoured, but I believe it has been redone by now. Do carry vehicle papers and your Driving License while visiting Longewala, as you have to get registered there to visit the place and also use the Longewala-Tanot road.
|Thanks Rahul :)|