29 Set Why Jaisalmer should be on every traveler’s list
by Shama Perveen from India
Day 1 – Gadsisar Lake
Since the advent of time, No not that long, really it all started 3 years ago when I got the flavor of solo traveling across India. Every time I traveled somewhere, people asked me have you been to Jaisalmer and my answer was “No”. Until the Previous year I finally went on a 5 day trip to Jaisalmer (I took a leave for that, my boss was not happy) to see what people talk about.
The route from Delhi – You can take a flight approx. Of 4000k to Jaisalmer, But I would suggest taking the train it is cheaper (I was broke also) and the route is very scenic too, though the heat and dust are other factors that will welcome you on the train. But I will say it is worth the effort and you get to meet a lot of people.
Day 2 – Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fully protected fortified cities in the world. It is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site. But it was disappointing for as well because of the low maintenance of the fort as people are living there and hotels have been constructed on it, It loses its stature, coming from a great past, but a normal future, just not my cup of tea, But overall it was a beautiful place.
Jaisalmer Fort by Shama Perveen
Day 3 – Kuldhara
Seriously, I am a junkie for a haunted or paranormal place. I love Ghost stories and so Kuldhara was my next stop after hearing the stories from our guide. The village is seriously creepy and seems to be existing in an eerie suspended zone, away from the buzzing city, deserted and very quiet. I saw only one tourist couple hanging around the small lake near it.
Kuldhara by Shama Perveen
Day 4 – The Puppet Show
I am assuming from the first day till the last, in Rajasthan, you will see puppets everywhere, I mean puppets are the signature mark of Rajasthan. So I went to see a puppet show. It was situated just in front of Gadissar Lake. It was a 3 hour show accompanied with various musical instruments and local singer, which just made my day and the tickets were just 100 bucks. It is strongly recommended by me to check the show out. The man behind the whole thing is single-handedly keeping the tradition alive.
The Puppet Show by Shama Perveen
Day 5 – Desert Safari
Now, I took a cheap safari very cheap, they took us to the Border of Pakistan (approx. 40 Kms away from it) and left us there with a bed, some blankets and provide a cook that provided us with a pretty simple yet tasty menu though. No lights No security, just us and the stars and the stray dogs that followed us which was actually refreshing (No toilets – did it in open area).