-- Jaisalmer, a Holiday Destination --

  By : Prithvi Munot† [on Tue, 15-Mar-2011]    Destination : Jaisalmer Desert
Before visiting any monuments in Jaisalmer, I would suggest, you get a good guide. You can request the management of your hotel to arrange for an experienced guide for you. You may have to pay Rs. 100 to Rs. 200 for a good guide, but it is definitely worth it. Actually, getting a good guide is a matter of luck. Without a guide, you wonít be able to understand the significance of the monuments in Jaisalmer. As we were going from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer by road, we spotted a huge gathering of Cranes. These Cranes are migratory birds and are seen in the Khichan village near Jaisalmer, during the months of December, January and February. Itís during March and April that these birds go back to their nesting grounds in North India. There is an oasis in the centre of the desert where the Cranes assemble. The villagers in Khichan feed these Cranes and thus the gathering of the Cranes has become common sight from December to February. Jaisalmer is a small city, with a rich cultural background. Going to Jaisalmer is a pleasant experience, as the city still has an ethnic feel to it. The camel safari, night stay in the desert, dinner by the camp fire and back to Jaisalmer, does not cost more than Rs. 1000 per head. One should also not miss the delicious thalis served by some of good restaurants in Jaisalmer. The Jain temples in Jaisalmer are worth a visit. Do not forget to carry a camera along to capture the lovely sunrise and sunset amidst the beautiful sand dunes.
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