Another transitional day, as we headed out on the 300km drive to Jaisalmer, the Golden City – so called because it is constructed from golden sandstone.
The city is deep into the Thar desert, only about fifty miles from the border with Pakistan. As we got closer, the landscape changed noticeably….drier, and sandy.
The animals changed as well, with camels being more common, and herds of goats being the major road hazard.
There were more cows when we got close to the city, and in the city itself, they were everywhere again!
The hotel view was amazing, with the fort the dominating feature.
We had a couple of hours to chill when we arrived, then Sushil picked us up to take us to Bada Bagh, a complex just north of Jaisalmer. Overlooking a mango grove, it is a cremation ground with a set of royal cenotaphs of local Maharajas, starting with Jai Singh II who died in 1743.
Of course, the real reason we went here was to see the sun set over the desert…apparantly this is one of the best spots to do that.
Afterwards, we headed out to a small village where Ruth had a massage whilst me and Sushil sat on the roof making plans, and putting the world to rights whilst enjoying Chai Masala, and some magnificent evening views.
Tomorrow, we are touring Jaisalmer, however, I may not be able to write tomorrow, as after sightseeing, we are heading out to the desert for a night under canvass, so I am not expecting wifi!