After our amazing day in Jodhpur, it was time to leave to go to Jaisalmer, another city in Rajasthan. We had an early wake up call because the bus was leaving at 6 am. Even though we had a good night sleep, everybody was really grumpy (you could easily tell none of us was a morning person). “Please, tell me this isn’t the bus we are going to travel in”– said one of my friends that was worried about the indian bus with no A/C and uncomfortable seats parked in the spot where the guy from the station told us to wait. For our relief, a few minutes later a big volvo bus came and parked next to it, and lucky for us, it was super comfortable. We slept almost the entire trip until we reached the desert. It was one of the best feeling waking up to the beautiful landscapes right before Jaisalmer, and being able to see how the scenes changed from clouds and vegetation, to blue skies, cacti, sand and camels next to the road.
We arrived in our hotel and we met the manager, who was really helpful showing us around the city and helping us book the camel safari for the next day. Like in almost every city in Rajasthan, in Jaisalmer, the main attraction is also the Fort. The biggest difference with the rest of the cities in the state (and in India) is that this is the only Fort [in the world] with such historical value that still has inhabitants. Many of the population of Jaisalmer still lives in this place and even have small businesses there. The fort is truly spectacular, not only for the construction itself, but for the vibe and the energy inside, that is really amazing. If you plan to visit, have in mind that this Fort is not like the one in Jaipur or Jodhpur, that mostly operate like a museum. This Fort is like a city inside the city, so it takes longer to cover the interesting areas and it is also easier to get lost in it. We dedicated our entire day to seeing the fort (around 5 to 7 hours).
I was truly happy walking around all the small streets that felt almost like a maze sometimes, buying cute things in the stores, and hippy clothes, of course. We ended the afternoon having beers in one of the bars inside the fort. This is something you can’t miss doing if you visit Jaisalmer. It truly was one of the most memorable sunsets of my life.
Later that night, went for a dinner in a nice place outside the Fort, but it was a funny experience, because it didn’t have proper lighting and the mosquitos were eating us alive. But let me say that I haven’t enjoy food like this in a while. After a day in Jodhpur and a day in Jaisalmer only eating vegetarian food, I was feeling so much better than in Delhi. Also, the fact that I was away from the Delhi, which is one of the most crowded cities in the world, was making me feel stress-free and happy. We went back to the hotel and I was exhausted but very excited about the next day. We were leaving to visit the Thar Desert and we were having a camel safari in the dunes. I couldn’t wait for it. I fell asleep immediately after laying my head in that pillow, but I woke up feeling better than ever.
Quick note in 2017: This trip made me realize that eating vegetarian was key to overcoming my health issues. I have been a vegetarian since 2014.