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In Photos: Jaisalmer in The Monsoons.

I’m no monsoon chaser. In fact, I’ve spent most monsoons running away from the rains. But when the luxury boutique hotel Suryagarh invited me for a bloggers’ getaway in the desert of Jaisalmer, on the pretext of experiencing its monsoon magic, I got curious. I had never, until then, imagined that the vast wilderness of the Thar Desert could be covered in green pastures and small oases, or that the clear blue desert sky could be engulfed with grey clouds on a terrain so flat, you could literally see them burst into rain at the far end of the desert. The rains in Rajasthan were magical alright, but you shouldn’t believe me until you get a glimpse yourself:

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1. ARRIVING IN THE OLD FASHIONED LUXURY OF SURYAGARH 
to a warm welcome by musicians of the Manganiyar tribe, who tug at your heart with the tunes of the desert.

Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer photos, Suryagarh, Suryagarh palace Jaisalamer, Suryagarh Jaisalmer photos

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2. STUMBLING UPON A TYPICAL DESERT SCENE
in Jaisalmer; a young boy herding his camels. This untouched desert wilderness is far from the popular Sam Dunes of Jaisalmer, and there are no camel safaris for tourists here. This is real desert life.

Thar desert India, Thar desert Rajasthan, Jaisalmer photos, camel Rajasthan

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3. SPOTTING GREEN PASTURES IN JAISALMER
literally in the middle of nowhere, with herds of sheep, goats, cows and even camels grazing on them.

Rajasthan monsoon, Jaisalmer photos, Thar desert Rajasthan, rain in Rajasthan

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4. COOLING OFF AT AN OASIS IN THE THAR DESERT
of Jaisalmer! This lake is formed in the monsoon rains every season, with a strange half tree growing in the middle of it. All around lies the stark contrast of the vast wilderness of Jaisalmer. This location has no name, and we made it here after off-roading in the desert. Manvendra Singh Shekhawat, the owner of Suryagarh, personally drove us here, and seems to be one of the few people who know this little secret in the desert.

Thar desert pictures, desert oasis pictures, Rajasthan rain, Jaisalmer monsoon

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5. CELEBRATING THE RAINS LIKE THE LOCALS
with a special halwai breakfast at Suryagarh Jaisalmer. Mirchi vadas and local sweets are only the first course. Hungry yet?

Rajasthani food, Jaisalmer food, Rajasthan food, mirchi vada, Rajasthan sweets

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6. DRIVING ALONG AN ABANDONED VILLAGE IN JAISALMER
called Khaba, in the backdrop of the monsoon greens. Legend has it that 84 such Paliwal villages in Jaisalmer were abandoned overnight some 300 years ago, and cursed never to be inhabited again. These ruins show just how well-planned the Paliwal community must have been.

Jaisalmer villages, abandoned villages, Khaba village Jaisalmer, Rajasthan village

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7. SAMPLING LIFE IN A TYPICAL RAJASTHAN VILLAGE
in Jaisalmer, where the monsoon rains form oases like these, providing much needed relief to the locals, kids and cattle from the harsh desert heat.

Jaisalmer villages, Rajasthan villages, village in Rajasthan

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8. CHASING MONSOONS ACROSS THE THAR DESERT
and watching ominous grey clouds unleash themselves across the vast nothingness.

Thar desert Rajasthan, Rajasthan monsoon, rain in Rajasthan, Thar desert weather

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9.  LITERALLY WATCHING MONSOON MAGIC IN JAISALMER 
as the shadows of a grey sky paint such surreal scenes in Rajasthan’s golden desert.

Rajasthan monsoon, Jaisalmer photos, Thar desert Rajasthan, Thar desert weather

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10. FEELING LIKE ROYALTY AT SURYAGARH 
after the rains stop, and the pitch dark night engulfs the vast wilderness of the desert.

Suryagarh Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer photos, Suryagarh, Suryagarh palace Jaisalamer, Suryagarh Jaisalmer photos

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Have you ever visited Jaisalmer / Rajasthan in the rains? 

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Also see:

In Photos: Bhap Village, Rajasthan
In Photos: Majuli Island, Assam
In Photos: Sangla Valley, Kinnaur

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This post was written by Shivya Nath and published on The Shooting Star travel blog.

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26 Comments

    • I really did, Renuka. You have to plan a trip back there while it’s still raining, and do before-after comparison 🙂

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  1. Durgesh says

    Planning to visit Jaisalmer in the next week… found your piece informative…. would like to know places where we we can see a normal desert life and its location… thanks in advance 🙂

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    • That’s great Durgesh, you’ll love it! Most of these places have no names, but I would suggest popping by at Suryagarh (15 minutes out of the city, ask anyone) for tea even if you’re not staying there – and ask for Karan, the manager. He’ll be able to guide you on the routes you should take. Feel free to give him my reference 🙂

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    • Thank you, it was really something seeing the desert covered in greenery. Glad the “aamjunta” enjoyed it 😉

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  2. Mansi says

    Lovely pictures Shivya! I was in Jaipur last week visiting Samode palace and it was beautiful. Would love to share travel stories sometime 🙂

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  4. There is something very ravishing, very thrilling about rain on a parched land. Like the beloved coming to the lover after years of separation. Okay, forget about the rain, that spread of delicacies looks absolutely divine. Did you devour all of the items? Life suddenly seems so dull without those goodies.

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