Mandawa -> Bikaner, - In to the desert on a camel with no name
13.01.2015 16 °C
60% of the town are Hindu and 40% Muslim so there is a number of Mosques. Which have a call to prayer 5 times a day.
6:06 this morning I was awaken with the call to prayer, normally it is not a problem but the Mosque must have been 2 yards from my room. Slightly too early for my prayer to the god of glorious mornings.
Mr Dhasmendre was in good voice this morning as we weaved our way out of town. I have worked out the traffic system - don't follow the traffic rules follow the traffic. There is order in disorder.
It did not take long before we were on a clear road - Well apart form the cows, sheep, goats and camels and the occasional truck on the wrong side of the road.
The first part of today's journey was to Mr Dhasmendre's home village - we left the metalled road and started our way in to the sands of the desert.
This was a fantastic experience. Off the tourist trail so I saw life as close to real as I am ever going too.
Its a hard life this guy is only 43.
They have no internal running water or inside sanitation.
The wheat is milled by hand and the stoves are powered by twigs and camel / cow dung:
Into the desert on a camel - I asked what the camel's name was and was told "he has no name"
There were plants and birds and rocks and things:
Then back for lunch.
The white stuff top right is curd and was advised that the local way is to pick it up and drink it from the bowl so that you get a white moustache. I did not want to upset my hosts.
Off to a small town Patpoor - (spelling a bit dodgy) which was also very vibrant and colourful. Lots of stunning building with beautiful art work on the walls. I walked the streets for 1/2 hour and did not get any hassle from any one except a young lad trying to show me a magic trick. It was so refreshing not to get pestered to by a hawker or a beggar.
On to the hotel
I walked out at night therough the dark streets looking for the recommended restaurant - The only thing that i was worried about was the biles and cars hitting me - I felt safe with the crowd.
I could not find restaurant that was mentioned but i found one that was full of people - Going on the assumption that if it is full it must be good and also private dinning is good but can get a bit tiresome. The food was fantastic even tho it was a fast food joint - Top nosh.