The market place in Jodphur runs right though the centre of town and the Guest House is just around the corner right under the massive Mehrangarh fort.
The gorgeous Ravi from the charity showed us around, making sure we had fun getting the best photo shots capturing the magical views of the town below. The fort was impressive and one of the best in India with so much history and intrigue. Jaswant Thada, a beautiful marble memorial, was a peaceful spot where you could enjoy the view and lovely gardens on the way.
We dined at a lovely traditional restaurant for lunch and set off for our desert stay that evening. If you didn’t think India had desert, well it sure does and lots of it! Ravi made us climb the highest sand dune and do crazy things in the sunset ensuring we were covered in sand and laughing all the way. We slept out under the stars at our host families house with the goats and camels, ate a traditional meal prepared in the tribal way and were entertained by local musicians and dancers.
Traditional dress fascinated me, the sari replaced by a heavily embroidered brightly coloured skirt and shift style top. The host family had us up early with yummy chai and a long camel ride through local family farms to watch the sun rise across the desert plains. We shared breakfast and photos with the host family then set off back for some shopping in Jodphur and our bus trip home. Exhausted and looking forward to scrubbing the dust out of our feet! What fun though!
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