Rajasthan: A DREAM (Part 3: Sand and the fun)

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Once upon a time, the Thar desert was under the sea!!! Whoa…can you believe it? It totally shook my world. There was a time during the trip to the desert when I imagined that I was walking under the water and saw an endless view of life under water. Things looked the same, nothingness spread endlessly, except for the color. The imaginary color was blue while in reality, it was golden.

As per wiki, the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert or Marusthali (Land of the dead), is a large, arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent that forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan. It is the world’s 9th largest subtropical desert. This desert spreads over about 2,340,000 kms (900,000 sq miles), with 85% in India and the remaining part in Pakistan. It covers more than 2,000,000 km2 (770,000 sq miles) in Rajasthan and extends into Gujarat, Punjab, and Haryana.

We dedicated an entire day to the desert. There are several options to go into the Sand Dunes. You can hire a car (the THAR), opt for a Camel Safari or a camel cart. I am not sure if there are other options but these are the ones that were offered to us. The THAR ride was super thrilling. The driver would take you to a peak to give you the “end-of-the-world” feel and rush you down to a kind of hollowness. I personally got that “zero gravity” feel several times. There were also times when I thought the driver was nuts, only to praise his driving skills once he pulled the brakes. One hell of a driver he was/is! You can see him posing gladly for me with the boys. Smiling face!

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Thank you for the thrilling ride!!!

As soon as our driver made us get down the THAR to walk on the dunes, we all started diving into the sand as if it was water. That was one time when all the boys gladly posed for some fun pictures, hence, the title of this post. I tried my best to capture the madness, and yes I think I succeeded in capturing those priceless moments. Do let me know what you think.

Some suggestions basis my personal experience while going into the sand dunes:

a)     Choose clothes that are comfortable. Trust me, once you get into the marvelous dunes, you would like to dive into the sand like you don’t give a damn!

b)     Always Always Always LISTEN to your guide/driver. They are well-versed with the route and can direct you with when to be careful and when to let it go.

c)      Get bottles of water. The sun and the sand are bound to make you thirsty.

d)     You would find men and kids approaching you to get pictures clicked with their camels, of course they will charge you for that later. So, be aware.

e)     Apply loads and loads of Sunscreen.

f)      Cover your hair as the sand will find a way to your scalp (I suffered this).

g)     Don’t forget your camera. You might capture your best shot ever, over there.

h)     Have fun; don’t think about what others would think of you or how you would look like. Just let it go!!!

Time for some pictures now, see below.

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Quite a punch!!!

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The sand, our pride!!!

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Up in the air

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Good jump

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Looks like a fun jump

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Another one bites the dust

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Couldn’t let it go 🙁

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Half the team started rolling in the sand, the initiator

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Power-nap

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The safari ended, that’s the THAR

PS: The boys might kill me once they see these pictures, but they can’t put them down now (hehehehe). On a serious note, thank you boys for being the perfect models! You guys rock!

Have a grand 2015!!!!

Shanta

Comments

  1. Himanshu says:

    I love the post and pictures are so beautiful. I recently visited Thar and ur post was nostalgic. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Shanta says:

      Thank you and I am glad that I was able to revive the memories. 🙂 thank you for your kind words.

  2. dilip says:

    Wonderful account replete with beautiful pictures. You have captured another lesser known dimension of nature – the golden sands of the Great Indian Desert beautifully. And yes a very happy new year to you too. 🙂

    1. Shanta says:

      Thank you for your kind words Dilip 🙂

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