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Rajasthan Road Trip | The Golden City

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Just three hours from the Pakistan border (a snip in Indian standards), Jaisalmer feels a world away from the rest of Rajasthan we’d seen… The landscape changed completely on our drive from Jodhpur as we entered the Thar desert. As the villages became fewer and farther apart, roadside camels became as common as strolling cows and the Indian army presence became stronger and stronger…

Jaisalmer is a living, breathing Golden fortress filled with colourful trinkets, temples of every shape and size and shops brimming with fabrics and jewellery. It was by far the smallest town we visited so we were actually kind of relieved we weren’t staying in the city itself, but rather out in the desert at The Serai (but more on that next time). You can cover Jaisalmer in a day or two so don’t need more time than that but its a bit of a commitment getting there… This time, the fort is the town (you walk through the city walls to enter it) and the whole place feels even more Arabian nights that Jodhpur did.

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After a non-stop kalaidescope flying past our windows in eastern Rajasthan, colour all but disappeared on our journey to Jaisalmer… Happily however, once you get to the mouth of the city, it hits you again and there’s a wealth of sherbet-coloured streets, doors strung with Hindi garlands and Ganesh murals within its walls.

The amount of shops, stalls, touts and hustling guides as you enter makes it feel like a tourist hotspot, but wander away from the main square and the streets are deserted apart from cows, dogs, children eager for a high five and ladies chatting on stoops.

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These little guys broke my heart.

What I’d do to be able to rescue one and bring it home… Living in a rubbish heap (although to be fair their mum had done a great job finding a safe spot) and making serious puppy dog eyes at me, I actually shed a few tears waving goodbye to them.

If you’re interested in supporting street animals in India, one great charity I came across was Animal Aid based near Udaipur. While they only cover the local area around Udaipur, its a great organisation that does so much good. Watch some of rescue stories on their site and I dare you not to start sniffling at your desk…

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Shirt | Mes Demoiselles 
Trousers | Old Topshop (good alternatives here and here)
Sandals | Birkenstock 
Bag | Celine via Vestiaire Collective 
Scarf | Merci 
Sunglasses | Celine 
Camera | Olympus Pen

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As we exited the city, I cast a quick glance towards the the row upon row of silver anklets and bracelets and within a second had three ladies covering me in jingling silver. Imagine Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman by way of Northern India and that was the situation. I managed to dodge the enormous head dresses and belts but left with three different anklets, one from each of the women, all of whom were dripping in their shiny wares. The best adverts for their jewellery if you ask me…

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One of the musts in Jaisalmer is the Gadsisar Lake. Put Jaisalmer into google and its the first thing that comes up so it goes without saying its a bit of icon of the golden city…

Forgo the pedalos and just soak it all up from the shoreline. Make sure to walk round to the left side of the lake, that’s where you get the incredible views and with half the amount of tourists. Wait for the hundreds of pigeons to startle and fly from their perches and suddenly you’re in a living Pinterest picture….

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Shirt | Mes Demoiselles 
Trousers | Old Topshop (good alternatives here and here)
Sandals | Birkenstock 
Bag | Celine via Vestiaire Collective 
Scarf | Merci 
Sunglasses | Celine 
Camera | Olympus Pen

All photos taken by James Wright & myself using the Olympus OM-D and Olympus Pen

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