Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Our most expensive hotel so far

Most of the hotels we have stayed in so far have cost about 2 pounds each per night. Super cheap. Most of the hotels we reached by rickshaw or autorickshaw.

Last night we didn't travel to our hotel by rickshaw, by autorickshaw, or even by car.

No, last night we travelled to our hotel by camel.

I rode a camel when i was in Dubai last summer. It was not comfortable. In fact the bruises lasted for quite a while. The only reason I agreed to go on a camel again in India was for the hotel it would take us to.

Now I will say that this camel was far more comfortable than that which I rode in Dubai. It was not wholly pleasant, but it was better than my last camel ride.

However, this camel ride was a lot longer. In fact, it took about 2 and 1/2 hours. So by the end of it I was very happy to get off.

Jaisalmer is in the West of Rajasthan in the desert.

I find the barrenness of deserts strangely beautiful and captivating. They are areas that are completely empty of life. I love them.

So, what was so special about this hotel? Why was it so expensive? And why did you have to travel by camel to reach it?

Well, it wasn't a hotel really. Last ngiht we slept under the stars.

The camels took us out into the middle of nowhere. And it was nowhere where we slept.

We watched the sun set which was beautiful and then we watched the stars come out. We sat by our camp fire eatin desert beans, yogurt curry, rice, lentils and chappatis.

I've never seen so many stars ever. When I worked at Ripley's Believe It or Not! I remember discovering the fact that there were more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth. As I lay watching the stars whilst lying on a sand dune I could actually begin to believe this. They were just millions.

We slept on bed-type structures under really thick duvets. It wasn't a great nights sleep, but waking up in the middle of the night to see nothing but a billion stars was amazing.

I was woken up by the sunrise. It was more beautful than sun set.

Once the sun was up, we clambered back on the camels (ow) and headed back.

Most definitely my favourite hotel so far, and worth every penny. Maybe next time I'll skip the camel though.


  1. Sounds absolutely fantastic, but what we all would like to know is how much did it cost?