Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wandering Wednesday - Thar Desert, India

When we planned our big Indian adventure to celebrate Mitch finishing his PhD, Jaisalmer was a desert city that featured pretty highly on my to see list. I could write an entire post about this sandcastle like city, but today I just want to wander back to the Thar Desert - the location for our overnight camel trek. We knew these kind of treks were possible in this area but hadn't booked anything. The guest house we were staying at just outside of the city was really helpful and organised one just for our group.

The trek in one word: awesome!


It was a short experience, but all you need (unless of course you reallyyyyy enjoy riding camels). One afternoon we took jeeps into the desert and boarded our camels. Apparently, mine was named Michael (Jordan). Yes, he was tall!



Our camel guides led us through the desert, sometimes walking, sometimes running...





We stopped every now and again in the dunes for a photo opportunity...




Finally, we arrived at our camp. By this point, I was glad we had opted for the 1 night camel trek as I don't think my poor butt & legs could have handled too much more time on a camel!


Watching the sun set in the desert while drinking freshly brewed masala chai and chasing down dung beetles was one of the highlights of our Indian travels...





It was fun to be in the middle of nowhere and our accommodations were pretty darn good, especially compared to some of the (ahem *interesting*) guest houses we had stayed at previously. We had camp beds under the stars, a hot meal cooked for us, entertainment. And our loo was even in a tent. Bonus.





And of course, our friendly little travel buddy just had to make a reappearance in the desert...


I remember waking up the next morning and feeling such a sense of peace. After the hustle and bustle of Indian cities for weeks, it was so refreshing to wake up in the desert. Alone (well, almost). Watching the sunrise. Admiring our henna amidst the sand dunes...




We ran around the dunes for awhile - these photos being some of my favourite travel photos, ever. Not because they are National Geographic worthy, but simply because just looking at them leaves me with a good feeling. A feeling of peace. It also reminds me of why we travel - to experience moments like these, making memories while running and jumping in the dunes without a care in the world...






This whole area is definitely worth a visit in India - I LOVED Jaisalmer, and a camel trek in the Thar Desert just topped off the whole experience.


Happy wanderings!

8 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to take a trip to India. What a cool experience - that camel trek is awesome!

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  2. Wow, amazing pictures! What a cool adventure! I love the camel sunset pic, so pretty!

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  3. Wow, looks like an awesome trip! I think I would be a bit scared of the camels though!

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  4. Wow! What an amazing trip - I'm so jealous! Great photos, too!

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  5. Hi Luana, Thanks for visiting Miss Tweedle. The things in your Etsy shop are adorable! Looks like you had an amazing trip to India! :))

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  6. Your post makes me want to visit India too! Beautiful scenery and all of you look so happy & carefree.

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  7. This is too cool. I've always wanted to ride a camel.

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  8. Amazing. Simply amazing. I want a cup pf chai.
    The camel ride looks awesome!

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