It’s been a long awaited trip to Thailand for me. How close the dates (2nd July to 7th July) are coming, my excitement is getting out of control 😉 ! So my this post is from my old memories. Few months back, I have spent 3 wonderful days in a village of India. And that vacation has been an unique book mark to my travel diary.
I have traveled to Khuri village, situated in Rajasthan state of India. Rajasthan itself is a place of heritage and culture. Although I have found the cities like Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and others are much commercialized. Big hotels, restaurants, markets and so long what you can find in big cities. What I thought about that trip was to spend some quality time with villagers and their lifestyles. As a fashion designer, I always found Rajasthan as a rich inspiration board and the colours they used to put in their garments are quite enough to make a proper mood board.
Starting from Kolkata, I have stopped at Bikaner. From there I have taken a bus to Jaisalmer and at last reached at Khuri by a rental car. Buses from Bikaner to Jaisalmer are easy available, having the facility on spot booking. Our rental car from Jaisalmer to Khuri were pre booked. It was around 8 hours to Jaisalmer from Bikaner. The buses used to be tremendously over crowded but if you take sleeper seats then you have to get a pleasant journey. You can relax there as those sleeper seats were quite comfortable and long windows to enjoy the outer view. These seats are on the upper part of the bus and it has small stairs to get up from the base. So that journey was blissful. Don’t forget to taste the ‘Mirchi Vadas’ ( Stuffed Chilli Balls) while you are traveling in this route. That was so tasteful and remember, don’t go to the name as those are not at all spicy. We have reached Jaisalmer at 10.45 p.m. The city was so quite at that time even the streets were almost silent. I didn’t expect that as I believe that every city has its own night life and being an inhabitant of Kolkata, 10.45 p.m. considered as Evening. But it was totally a different experience. And I loved that. Although the bus stop was little crowded with rental cars. We found out ours and set out to our destination.
It was around 11.30 p.m. when we have reached to Khuri. The adventure what we felt while we were traveling to Khuri from Jaisalmer, it made us spellbound. Dark night, desert, cold and some camels finishing their dinners 😀 ! What to want more in an adventurous night? We have reserved our room from Kolkata at one of the villager’s home. The person, Mr. Badal Singh welcomed us in a very warm manner and his cottage like rooms are simply amazing. He and his family (I only heard his wife’s voice from kitchen, won’t be able to see her 🙁 ) had been so fast to serve the dinner. Oh My God! Those were so many preparations and obviously were mouthwatering. It’s been always my dream to taste original Rajasthani foods and here it was! The whole village was in sleep at that time and my full body was eager to be in sleep.
On the very next morning Mr. Singh arranged a camel cart for us to see the sunrise. Woohoo! Can’t wait anymore and we went out at 4.00 a.m. Camels on the desert and we were sitting on the cart- loved it. Thunder was little high but I enjoyed that. The cart driver has taken us to the almost middle of the desert. Wherever my eyes went through, were only sand, sand and sand.
On the way to reaching at the sunrise point we have experienced something really special. We have found the eminent photographer Mr. Shivji Joshi with his team on a photographic workshop (You can get his works here). It was really nice to spend some time with such a great photographer. Even he clicked for us 🙂 . I would love to spend more time with this awesome personality but we have to comeback from there.
The sunrise in a desert was my first time since I’ve traveled. Words cannot describe how I felt like and what the view was. The village and villagers were so interesting I found. Women busy with their household works, men are working to earn money and children are either busy with school or playing ( Some of them got a new work to stare at us 😀 though I adored that. Made a nice friendship with them). Villagers wrapped themselves in different coloured outfit. I love those. People used to paint their cottage’s walls with different colourful motifs and designs. Maybe the actual reflection of inventive minded Rajasthani people who are born to be creative. Mr. Singh’s son (I think he is of around 10 years) was so interesting. He has taken us to roam around the whole village and let us meet with one of his friend, that was a little baby goat. Awww! That was so cute 😀 .
Those 3 days were one of the best days of my life. Great people, great adventure and great place are the main factors to make a trip successful. Khuri has given me all these.
Photographs courtesy: Swarnendu Ghosh
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