Jaisalmer, Camel Safari at the Worlds End

Khuri is a little desert village with a hotel of whitewashed huts.

Khuri

We had cold drinks, and then went to meet our camels and make a decision, to camp in the desert, under the stars with a bed roll, or sleep in a hut with beds. We had several things to weigh up, what the food would be like – I don’t eat meat so didn’t fancy chicken, goat or camel roasted over an open fire! I’m joking of course, but no-one could tell me what the possibilities were. And what if pennies needed to be spent in the middle of the night? Let’s face it, there were no trees to hide behind. What swung it though was the possibility of scorpions. Who remembers a James bond film where one was climbing up 007’s chest? We chose to come back to the hotel.

Camel Saddles

It’s really quite difficult to get onto a camel, the saddles look good, well padded, but your legs are spread wide apart. Anyway, they are reluctantly in their lowest possible position, to enable you to climb on, then you have to time it just right and lean backwards, when they get up. That’s a very unnatural position, given that they sway as they do so. You soon get used to the motion; it’s a bit like a Space Hopper on legs. But then you go downhill, and not only do you need to lean backwards again, but also you have to squeeze tight with any muscles you can find in your thighs. So we were off into the dunes, to seek the sunset. That same still silence and heat that we experienced in Khuldera, something almost tangible, wrapped itself around us, lulling us into a state of euphoria and creating an inner glow, a bit like a meditation.

Unrepentant!

I could have been riding around for hours, travelling miles, or round in a figure of eight for ten minutes, because I had no sense of time or bearings. We reached a crest where a dozen people had already parked their humps and settled down to wait. This is where it went wrong. I dismounted and turned to where travelling friend was doing the same, just in time to see it get back up as she was getting off. Result – she fell, luckily there was no real damage but she was shocked and disorientated for a while and didn’t want to ride the pesky thing back.

We eased our hump shaped legs down onto the sand and waited while the sky became sky-blue-pink, it was beautiful but was like looking through a veil of micro fine sand. Travelling friend did ride back, very bravely. We couldn’t help thinking of what might have happened, of course it was hideous, scary and even embarrassing but thank heavens nothing was broken because Devon Air Ambulance was a tad out of range.

We were the only non Germans at the hotel, sitting around listening to some musicians, and dancing in the dark. We shocked Mr Singh again, with our capacity for Tiger, it comes in quite large bottles over there and well, it was very hot, even after the stars came out.

Excellent entertainment

Quite well lubricated, we headed for our hut. It was clean but very basic, with a loo in a cubby hole. Help came very quickly when I screamed. Spiders. Lots of very large spiders. We were laughed at but rescued. I insisted on checking under the beds for any that could be waiting for some fresh, juicy, English or American woman to feast on. The trouble was, checking when the light was one little dangling bulb, was pretty difficult. Attempting to push a bed aside, we found that it was a mattress, on planks that rested on piles of bricks! We didn’t find any more octopods, but didn’t sleep well either for worrying about them. The lesson – we would probably have fared better risking the scorpions.

I would highly recommend a camels safari, there’s nothing quite like the perspective you get aboard a foul breathed, bottom burping beastie with long eyelashes.

Don't I look the part?

28 thoughts on “Jaisalmer, Camel Safari at the Worlds End

  1. What a charming description of your travels and adventures! You’ve got a real gift for painting a picture of a scene – especially that sunset! – with aplomb. I felt like I was there!

    I’m not certain when I’ll have the opportunity to ride a camel anywhere outside of a zoo, but I do look forward to the chance, given your stories! 🙂

  2. The spiders and scorpians would de me in for sure. How could you sleep afterwards?

    I heard that camels are pretty ripe creatures. Any truth in that? I know what it feels like after riding a horse (about a 100 years ago). Must be murder on the thighs on a camel. Any chance you could, you know tuck up your knees together and up for a while? I know I couldn’t even if it was possible; my tummy would get in the way.

    So nice reading about new things. Nice post. Thank you.

  3. your writing certainly takes us there gilly …and having enjoyed a camel safari it was vividly recalled, especially the hazards of getting on and off those very large beasts whose normal daily life is working on the farms! we saw a scorpion in the desert, but slept in luxurious tents so no spiders for us…. your photos are wonderful, what a beautiful little village, thanks for sharing this part of your travels!

  4. Oh, these are stunning shots hon!
    LOL! I can only imagine what James Bond would have done! Probably offer it a martini…shaken..not stirred! Whahahahaha!

    Those camels are gorgeous! LOL @ Space Hopper on legs. Whahahaha!
    Oh shame, I am glad you friend didn’t hurt herself. Those camels are high up! Gosh!

    hehehehe… “Quite well lubricated” … whahahah!
    Oh, the poor spiders! I think you scared them of for good with the yelling! hee hee

    Thanks for the great post and share hon! I had a great virtual trip with you and lucky in the sense that I didn’t have to smell that camel’s breath. LOL! They do have gorgeous eyelashes though! I wouldn’t mind having long ones like that either..without the burping and smelly breath of course. hehehehe
    *hugs*

  5. And don’t you just love it when they shake their heads while their big bulbous tongues are hanging out?! Ewww! Wonderful travelogue, Gilly

  6. What a wonderful adventure you had. I cound not take the little critters you encountered and the camel ride, maybe 30 years ago I would have tried it. Good for you. Your photos and writing was beautiful to se and read. Thanks for taking us along.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  7. Jaisalmer, one of the most beautiful places in India. I am very much sure you must have a wonderful time there. It was a beautifully written and really well presented post; with some really beautiful photographs. Great post. 🙂

  8. Until now, I’d never considered a camel ride, but it looks like fun. And yes, you look wonderful sitting atop that camel, Gilly. I’m happy for you that you got the chance to ride it. Lucky you! 🙂

  9. “there’s nothing quite like the perspective you get aboard a foul breathed, bottom burping beastie with long eyelashes” – this line had me hysterical. Your adventure sounds like it was spectacular. I would not have camped either – the hair ( remember). LOLOL …. It doesn’t look like it would have been a probelm since evryone is wearin head sacrves. You are very daring. I think I would ahve been scared of the camel. My legs are too short to spread that far. OOOpppsss … that doesn’t sound right. Great story, Gilly.

  10. Very well done writing this, Gilly. Highly impressive. It’s fun, informative and so interesting all at the same time.

    Grrr, I now thinking of including Riding a Camel on my bucketlist.

    You’re so honest. I know you’re not alone when you have those irks when you’re in a very distant, foreign place and culture.

  11. you look like a real pro, riding that beast. and you are very, very courageous. hats off.
    what an adventure!
    your description is hilarious. my favourite line is your last one: “there’s nothing quite like the perspective you get aboard a foul breathed, bottom burping beastie with long eyelashes.” what a hoot!

  12. You paint a brilliant picture in words, Gilly Gee – brings back to mind a holiday I spent in Tunisia about 25 years ago. Getting on to a camel is an experience, alright!:)

  13. Well now, I have a lot to say about camels mainly because I was the one that stinker tried to turf over it’s head! Never ever again will I ever get near one of those dudes again! They can be so unpredictable and our guide blamed me! hahaha I thought that was hilarious. However in the world could I be to blame for a darn camel’s behaviour!?? I guess he was showing his strange concern the best he knew how over a Western woman over 50 daring to get on one of those darn things and then being tossed over it’s head! Local women wouldnt dream of getting near one of those bad tempered beasties!! Now I know better!

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