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Archive for November, 2007

The Great Thar Desert


The other reason why people end up in Jaisalmer is to do a camel safari – the relative isolation of the place, scarcely populated area and proximity of sand dunes makes Jaisalmer the ideal base to explore the surrounding desert on a camel. I am not actually quite sure why people are so attracted to […]

And so castles made of sand fall into the sea eventually


We have arrived in Jaisalmer, on the edge of the great Thar Desert. It is a sleepy little town where the main attraction is the imposing medieval fort which looks like a giant sandcastle; and as with any sandcastle – the walls are actually mostly made of sandstone and rest on foundations of clay – […]

Dining like a Maharajah


We have dined like Maharajahs tonight.Not only did we happen to find ourselves in Jodhpur on the day of the Australian election; but we also happened to find ourselves atop the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort just in time for dinner. Dispensing with our usual bargain dhaba specials at the local eateries, we instead headed for the […]

Romping it home in Jodphur!


Today we’ve been celebrating! For one – we made a miraculous discovery on Indian TV. Flicking randomly through the channels and hoping to catch a tiny headline about the Australian election, we came upon the totally unexpected visage of the lovely Kerry O’Brien and all his election analyst ABC buddies on Channel 74 (…complete with […]

Counting pills


After five weeks of resistance, our stomachs have fallen. Kate lost the fight against a dodgy chicken and had to call modern medicine to the rescue. So we went to see the doctor [dactaar] at the local hospital [haspitaal] – a charming old lady who seemed to have seen a whole lot of foreigners succumb […]