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Old 6th January 2010, 22:57   #46
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Anyways, I saw this horny bull
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tanveer somehow missed this thread man. Excellent stuff !! BTW I do envy you at times coz you seem to have the all time in the world to travel.

Jaisalmer simply has left me spell bound. Great captures as usual and that really is a horny bull.How did the white elephant respond to the bulls approach ?
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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.
Yup, the night sky, though not as dramatic as hills, is quite amazing. And ditto for the sunset and sunrise. Looks like you need to spend more time at the village. You are lucky to have such a place to call home!
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tanveer somehow missed this thread man. Excellent stuff !! BTW I do envy you at times coz you seem to have the all time in the world to travel.

Jaisalmer simply has left me spell bound. Great captures as usual and that really is a horny bull.How did the white elephant respond to the bulls approach ?
No, not all the time, just time management . I never miss a long weekend. Take one extra day off, or sometimes 2 extra days off, and have 4 to 5 days of leave. This way, I manange to do 5-6 vacations a year and need to take only 10-12 leaves in the year. Only exception was Leh, when I actually used up lot of my piled leaves!
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Wonderful pictures, i am really glued to this travelogue, please continue posting!
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Old 7th January 2010, 12:12   #50
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Khaba and Kuldhara, the names are still spoken in whispers. Ghost villages, two of the 80 villages where people left their homes overnight, taking whatever they could, and burying what they couldn't. Till late 80s, gold diggers used to find gold there, till the govt stepped in.
While Kuldhara is a village, Khaba also has a fort

We paid entry to the fort, and went to the walls. These overlook the village

The village view from the fort
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The courtyard. It was restored by ASI
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Window view
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with not much to do at the fort, it was time to head down to the village
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The track was all sand, and slightly downhill. As I crossed the dune, I realized we may have bitten more than we could chew. Coming back, this would have to be tackeled uphill!
Anyways, will take care of that later, for now, time for some clicks

The 500 year old temple
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Fort as seen from there
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Carvings on temple boundary
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The steeds
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Our Route for the day, From desert camp to Khaba to Kuldhara
Tales from the golden dunes and the white flats-kh_ku.jpg

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Default Circus at Khaba

As I mentioned earlier, to go back, we had to climb the dune again.
First it was turn of the black safari.
The worst happened.
On top Nitin got Beached.
Since the entire track was sand, rescuse was impossible.

After 20 minutes of stones, footmats etc., nitin was able to reverse out.

After that he built up more speed, and roared through.

I also applied the speed approach, and we were able to clear the dune.

This was our second beaching of the trip. Sand definitely is a killer when it comes to the safari. The 2 and a half tonne behemoth likes to dig in like anything!


Anyways, we had to drive towards Kuldhara. we had seen it last year, but Nitin wanted to see it.

Clicked a peacock/hen on the way
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And then it was a fast clean run the ruins of Kuldhara

TO BE CONT..........
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Amazing travelogue Tanveer. Its got me totally hooked.
Did you use the 4X4 while trying to clear the dunes?
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Amazing travelogue Tanveer. Its got me totally hooked.
Did you use the 4X4 while trying to clear the dunes?
Of course. without 4x4 its not even possible.
Infact on the first evening at dunes, we saw a Mahindra 4x4 royally struck. The safaris had demolished the approach. Finally the guys had to carry tents etc., to the site, as the Mahindra would not make it.
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Of course. without 4x4 its not even possible.
Infact on the first evening at dunes, we saw a Mahindra 4x4 royally struck. The safaris had demolished the approach. Finally the guys had to carry tents etc., to the site, as the Mahindra would not make it.
Was this the same mahindra that your guide was in - the 2WD one?
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Was this the same mahindra that your guide was in - the 2WD one?
He mentioned 4x4 mate.

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Nice very nice. Without differential locks it is all upto the driver's skill in the loose sand of dunes, you did pretty well. I am still awaiting my first visit to the Sambhar Lake and the dunes. Nice shots keep them coming.
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Loving it Tanveer, fantastic travelogue.

My regular stretch is Churu-Ratangarh-Dungargarh-Bikaner (thru sand trails), which also has amazing 4x4 driving opportunity & pure sand/ dune trails. Being originally from there, I visit there quite often, however, never ever thought of clicking photographs! Next time!!

Keep it rolling!
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Default Timepass outside Kuldhara

Since we had seen Kuldhara before, decided to wait outside, and click IR pics.
Nitin went in.

It was getting hot(30 degrees), and the foliage was inviting

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The trick is to build up as much momentum as possible before hitting the sand,
once you are stalled, it becomes difficult. The massive weight of the safari doesnot help either. It will dig itself in instead of moving forward.

In my childhood i had seen people carry perforated steel sheets for use in similar conditions. Once you are beached, these were slipped under the tyres and the large perforations provided some traction to the spinning tyres.
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After Kuldhara, we went to the hotel, checked into our room, and freshened up, washing the mud and dirt which we were coated with.
After that it was time to split up.
I had already seen the Bada baag last year, but had not seen the lake.
So nitin set out for Bada bag, and we for the late. Plan was to regroup after sunset.

The lake was shallow, and pretty dry, but boating was still happening in the limited water area. The boat guys told us not to go close to shore as we would get grounded.

Anyways, we started chasing swans

We too care not to venture too close the shore
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But the inevitable happened. We are grounded, pretty far away from the shore. A shallow section. So time to wait for the rescue!
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Who would have thought that we would get bogged down in mud in a desert...? And that too in a boat. Some offroading this.

The boat guy came, and pushed us out. Meanwhile 3-4 other boats also got grounded. Hard work for the boat guys!

Our position offered some nice snaps
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After rescue, we stuck to the center island area
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The swans were heading to the shore, to have some grub which an old guy was throwing
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We also decided, enough of boat, lets explore the area on foot

The feast time
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It was 5pm when we climbed the wall area, and clicked snaps there
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Sunset was going to happen in some time, so we decided to go on a drive, on the Bada baag road.

What a drive, and what an adventure it was going to be..... !!We did not know, at that time.


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