31.10.2012 - 31.10.2012
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After a surprisingly good nights sleep on the train (except for the appearance of a couple of cockroaches...one of which happened to be squished under Jo's pillow) we headed to our positively palacial hotel. It's actually owned by the cousin of the maharaja of the city, which perhaps explains it's granduer.
Once we'd had a shower and eaten breakfast we ventured onto our camel safari. Being highly, highly allergic to horses I was extremelly concerned I'd only last half an hour before I couldn't breath properly. Thankfully dosing up on antihistamines for the last few days paid off! It was amazing. The scenery was breathtaking and the camels behaved themselves; Jo's was called Morty, mine were called Rani and Raja (Raja was a baby baby camel tied to Rani..very cute).
After several hours of trekking, with a nice lunch stop in the middle, we arrived at our campsite. All the camp beds had been lined up in a long row outside so we could sleep under the stars!! We were very excited about this (except for the slight worry about snakes)!
We watched the sunset from the top of a sandune which was beautiful. And then had an amazing al fresco dinner. Jo and I introduced the card game of sh*thead (sorry for the language) to a few people in our group and Raghu, our guide, taught us how to play poker properly.
Some live music around the campfire completed our wonderful day in the desert!