#16: Jaisalmer

Today, I want to share with you images of the incredible time we had in Jaisalmer….a small desert town in the western part of Rajasthan….very near the Pakistan border.  I will write later about the town and the beautiful people, shops, handicrafts etc. that I saw in this town. Also, there is a spectacular fort that rises suddenly and spectacularly right out of the desert in an incredible way.

We drove an hour from this village, into the dunes area to shoot the sunset.  On the way, we saw peacocks, camels, horses, tiny huts, colorful ladies carrying water home on their heads (a whole other story which I will talk about in a future post).  When we reached the desert camp, I negotiated with the owner to rent a camel cart to take us deep into the dunes, and an extra camel and a man with a turban to pose for us by the dunes at sunset.

We rode this cart about 5 kilometers into the desert. It was an amazing experience….remote, peaceful, great light, only sounds of nature around us and an occasional antelope, peacock, camel or a child…..I could not believe I was experiencing such an incredible moment. I am grateful.

Here are some pictures of the cart we rode…. I will post several more awe inspiring sight in the next post on this journey.

Thanks for stopping by.

The cart owner brought his son (the next generation cart owner :)) with him. Notice what he is holding in his hand…he was so intrigued by my Flip video camera…so I gave it to him, showed him how to use it and he video taped a ton of footage.  I could not get him to stop shooting…it was funny.

Keith and Sharon by the cart…

This entry was posted in Animals, India, Landscapes, People, Travel.


  1. April March 28, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    I really like the dramatic silhouettes, and your subtle treatments on the following 2 which lends a timeless feeling.

    Would you care to describe that processing a bit?

  2. tonebytone March 28, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    The dramatic silhouettes are very good, but like you said, these are record shots. The next one, with the sun in their faces, has more drama to it and is more appealing to me. Was the camel really leaning that way, or it the “lean” a result of a wide angle lens?

    Your Flip video camera and the cartmaster’s son’s story is interesting and heart warming, too. You literally made his day!

  3. Usha March 30, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    HI April and Flo. Thanks for your comments.

    April, believe it or not, on these shots (the first two)….I have done very little post processing. It was just like that and the camera did quite well with it. I did not even use any filters.

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