Today we traveled from Bikaner – also known as birthplace of the Bikaneri bhujjiya, which is home made by the housewives of this region. From there on we drove to the Golden city of Jaisalmer.
We saw the Lalgarh Palace palace in Bikaner built for Sir Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner, between 1902 and 1926. We experienced desert roads, straight as an arrow. We recorded the fastest speed for our car on the drive – 152kmph!
We got a fantastic photo op at a Gypsy Ladies’ Market in Pokhran – and we visited and interviewed the gypsy ladies there, and had a quick look at the Pokhran Fort. We also saw stray feral camels on crossing the desert roads.
We reached Jaisalmer and checked into best historical heritage building we stayed in on this trip – Paradise Hotel, inside Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan.
The sand dunes of Rajasthan also provided for a great photo shot and lovely camel rides!
The evening was spent in a village near Jaisalmer with our very close friend Prakash Detha, a chronicler and promoter of traditional Rajasthani music and musicians, who gave a wonderful Manganiar music performance.
Dinner was traditional rural Rajasthani cuisine with local Rajasthan liquor. All in all a very unique and wonderful day.
Distance Covered: 331 kms
States Covered: Rajasthan
Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner: Built for Sir Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner, between 1902 and 1926.
Manganiar music performance: The Manganiar and related Langha caste are Muslim communities in the desert of Rajasthan, India in the districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, along the border with Pakistan. Significant numbers are also found in the districts of Tharparkar and Sanghar in the province of Sindh in Pakistan. They are famous for their classical folk music. They are the groups of hereditary professional musicians, whose music has been supported by wealthy landlords and aristocrats for generations.