Somehow when you think of the desert many images come to mind – endless cascading dunes, oases arising from nowhere, turbaned sheiks, and camels.
The beautiful golden city of Jaisalmer is situated in the Thar desert, close to the border with Pakistan in the northwestern most corner of the state of Rajasthan. The city stands on a ridge of yellow sandstone from which every piece of architecture is fabricated, casting a glimmering, golden hue, especially in the evenings. Jaisalmer is completely surrounded by a fort containing the Maharaja palace and several ornate Jain temples.
This is desert country and although there are no sheiks there are plenty of camels. And what better way to explore the desert than by camel, a very stubborn yet efficient animal in this type of topography and climate.
To mount a camel you first wait for the animal to bend its knees to the ground. Then you climb into the saddle nestled on top of the single hump. There is a sudden whiplash feeling when the camel rises to all fours.
And then you’re off - at a slow, steady gait through the rolling sand dunes.