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Visit to Jaisalmer and excursion to the Thar desert

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That morning we woke up calmly after the hangover of emotions provided by dinner at Mahendra's house. Dilip diligently prepared breakfast for us and we ate without haste with the views of the city at our feet.

Taking advantage that we finally had the punjabis facts, we put them to go to visit the havelis Jaisalmer's most famous, which are outside the palace walls. At the reception we met Mahendra chatting with the hotel owner who and, telling them our plans, the hotel owner offered to approach the havelis on his motorcycle

The Patwa-Ki-Haveli It is the largest and prettiest, and dates from 1860. It was built by five brothers who were selling jewelry. The exterior is very beautiful because of the elaboration of its ornaments, but we do not enter because we have to pay entrance and continue walking until the next.

The Salim Singh-hi-haveli It is still partly inhabited and there are private areas that cannot be visited. To enter you also have to pay entrance, so we do not enter either. I guess we weren't in the mood to pay to visit havelis After seeing a few in the almost two weeks of travel we were taking. Therefore, we decided to return to the fort to wander around.

The steep hill costs that there is nothing else to access the wall is flanked by street vendors (Rajasthan gypsies) who call you and try to sell you silver (of very poor quality, of course) and traditional instruments. Once you leave them behind, you have to go through the store sellers. There you can find fabrics, bedspreads, clothes and antiques among other things.

In fact, we were hanging around a little while ago because we had met Mahendra at half past one at the hotel. When we met, he accompanied us to the agency with which to hire the Thar desert safari. We doubt a lot about how to do the safari. What everyone recommends is that you spend the night there, but with the cold weather, it didn't seem the most sensible thing to spend the night in the open, and more at that time when Sonia was almost recovering from Bronchitis. Because yes, he spends the night outdoors: a mattress, a mantica and to sleep.

I thought it would be like the safari in the White Desert in Egypt, in which we put a tent in case we did not want to sleep in the fresh air, but in India these luxuries are not stretched. That is why, as we had a nice and comfortable bed waiting for us in our private Jaisalmer keep, we decided to throw for comfort for the first time on the trip.

Just outside the fort is the office of the Adventure Travel Agency, agency that Mahendra took us to. There we agreed to do the safari, dine in the desert and return to the hotel at night to sleep. I do not know what tejemanejes took Mahendra, because in the end the safari cost us 750 rupees per person. Of course, the owner of the agency was quick to tell me that he had made a 50% discount.

We got on the back of the Jeep and headed for the desert. When maybe three quarters of an hour had passed, we reached a point where there were men with camped camels waiting for customers.

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