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Old 4th January 2010, 15:42   #31
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Aage kya hua? Jaldi jaldi batao
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Old 4th January 2010, 18:48   #32
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Wow Tanveer, a great travelouge/experience from one of the versatile travellers. Lovely pics and a great travelouge of the journey so forth. Waiting for more, keep dem comin'
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Old 4th January 2010, 19:01   #33
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Excellent so far, prose and pictures. Waiting for the next installment.
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Old 4th January 2010, 23:58   #34
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Default Whats for Dessert...? Well Desert

It was well past 3pm when we finally embarked on our journey to the dunes.
The first stop was a small "model village" where my wife would go on the camel, and I and nitin would commandeer the Safaris.

The jeep driver and camel guys informed us that they have moved to different dunes to to less sand on last years dunes. So vehicles may have a tough time.
Moreover, his jeep was not the 4x4, that was doing duty elsewhere, so he would stick to dirt track, and guide us onto the dune.

As we went off to the dirt track, the topography changed.
Soon big dunes started appearing, and within no time we were near our destination.

The camels would be reaching almost an hour later, but well in time for the sunset.

The jeep stops, and the driver tells us, here you climb. I look and see a very uninviting huge sand dune. Buddy this is no landcuirser and we are not in dubai, show us a dirt track.
Nope, make your own road time.
I inspect the terrain. There are no reassuring tell tale tire marks on the dune, but he assures us, climb.

I get her to a little speed, and attack the dune, and fail, digging in. Luckily gravity is on my side and I can reverse back.

Time to scout for other entry points
Few minutes of search reveal no entry points near this dune where we are supposed to go, so this dune is what we have to climb.

I inspect on foot, and discover that right after the dune there is packed sand. So something is positive.

So with tranny in 4H, RPM around 3000, I charge, and without much drama, the dune is cleared.

Next its the turn of the 3 liter. Unfortunately, nitin does not maintain enough speed, and right at the top, the 3 liter is beached. She won't go forward or backward. I try to rock her, but a slight push confirms that she is royally beached.

Now I have to go down the dune, and that too down a path which is tougher, and pull her out. If I try to reverse to soft sand, and then pull her "up" I will also get bogged down.


We have a video of the towing drama, which I will post later, but here is a video of the white elephant clearing the dune.
Surprisingly, it looks much easier than it was



TO BE CONT............

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Old 5th January 2010, 10:34   #35
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Default Getting duned

Once on the top, its time for smiles and relief. Finally we can park near our camping site.
The camels have come, and I hand over the cam to my wife. After drawing circles in the salt flats, its time to do some dune drifting
Ready to go
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Go!
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Ahhhhh.........?
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It does not take long for me to realize that the dune, though looking hard and nice is no drift surface. The rear wheels start to dig in, and I shift to 4x4, and the front also digs in.
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but why panic...? Even if I get royally stuck there is another safari to rescue.
But no heroics are needed. I remember the formula. Rock back and forth, and slowly the white elephant extracts itself from the sand.
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Meanwhile the sun is about to set, and Nitin is getting ready with his million lenses
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I also abandon the steed, and decide to explore the dune on foot and catch the sunset
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But as the pic shows, I am very bad at sunsets. I can never click sunsets unless the sun is invisible behind the clouds
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But clicking safari's is easier
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But as the sun goes down, its to mesmerizing

Almost down
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Gone!
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The southern (SW) sky
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the last shot of the daylight. Twilight is here, and its better than the silly movie(not that I have seen it)
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TO BE CONT.........
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Old 5th January 2010, 12:46   #36
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Lovely captures of the Sunset Tanveer. Awesome wallpaper material.
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Old 5th January 2010, 13:25   #37
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The trick to capture the sunset is to focus the metering a little above the sun, so that the sun's outline comes out well. The foreground will come out darker, but you can compensate by putting the flash on always mode.

Just learnt it through trials and not from books :-)
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Old 5th January 2010, 17:16   #38
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Looking forward to this one Tsk - wonder, what you do for a living? Just envy talking - lol!
Great start as usual.
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Old 5th January 2010, 21:10   #39
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Quote:
Originally Posted by abhinav.s View Post

The guy with the shades in the pics is the head guy or is he just a bystander?
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This guy with the shades was just sitting there in front of a roadside shot. I guess he poses for tourists

Small world!!!! Well i am not gonna hijack this thread but cant help it coz this guy had some real stuff man, came across him when we were there a week before TSK.

Tales from the golden dunes and the white flats-img_2341.jpg

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Old 6th January 2010, 11:50   #40
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Default Nightfall

Night at the desert is an unique experience. It gets cold, but thankfully not Delhi freezing cold. Lots of stars come out, but the moon can play spoilsport.

Thats the camp where they prepare dinner
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We go down and have some amazing dinner. Its amazingly bland too, but sometimes, even bland food tastes good. Thankfully, the cook has prepared spicy chutney for the Indians. Except for one brave frenchman, all foreigners stick to just the bland food, no chutney
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This camel could not keep still for even 30 seconds.
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While nitin decided to put alarm for 4am to wake up to get starts(moon set at 2am or so), I decided, that I will sleep by 11am, and then try to catch the sunrise instead

Our tent
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by 11:30 we went to sleep. It was windy, slightly cold, but not agonizingly cold. Jaisalmer was still insulated from the cold himalayan winds!


TO BE CONT..........
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Old 6th January 2010, 13:31   #41
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Tanveer, as usual wonderful narration and splendid photographs. Your description at times keeps me spell bound as though i am there being a part of the trip. Enjoying the thread wishing you more travels this year.
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bherry naish. bring it onnnnnnnN!!
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Old 6th January 2010, 15:37   #43
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NICE Pics TSK...and nice location also!!!! Keep them coming bro.
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Old 6th January 2010, 17:11   #44
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Default Sunrise

I am not a sunrise person. Infact, I can proably count on my fingertips the number of sunrises I have seen.
So today, another number was going to be added to that.

Since I was up at 7:30am, the sun was just about to creep up from the horizon
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Coming up
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Risen!
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The steed
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It was close to 8 when the land started turning golden
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The first rays of the desert sun are wonderfully warm, esp after a cold night outdoors. Its another matter, that the day gets as hot as 30 degrees!


The two safaris
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Landscape
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As I waited for tea and toast for breakfast, decided to click footprints.
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Dune pics
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This camel needs dental treatment
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But mention dentist, and it clamps its mouth shut
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Meanwhile everybody is up, and camp is packing up, the camels are coming to take them back, but we will ride it back differently!

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Its 10am now. Time to head to Khaba fort, and go back to the hotel via Khaba. Seemed like a simple plan, but we did not know what adventures the desert had in store for us!

So engines revving, dust kicking, we are off, and reach Khaba in seemingly no time. Rural roads in Rajasthan can give expressways a run for their money, if you ignore the places where dunes have made roads their home


TO BE CONT...............
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Excellent Tanveer. I have spent a lot of my vacations with my Gramps in village and scenery there is not different, never realised the true beauty till these pics.

The sand dunes, the camp and the camels with all their yawning and munching made me nostalgic. The clean atmosphere and the pure air can rejuvenate any one. Absence of fog makes sunrise and sunset beautiful.
The sky is just blemish free and in the night the sky can transform itself into a theater better than the best of the planetarium. You can spot most of the stars and constellations and can even spot the satellites revolving around the earth. I truly miss them.

The night shots are amazing.
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