Ready for the magic of monsoon in Jaisalmer?
I’m no monsoon chaser. In fact, I’ve spent most monsoons running away from the rains.
But when the luxury boutique hotel Suryagarh Jaisalmer invited me for a bloggers’ getaway in the Thar desert, to experience the magic of monsoon in Jaisalmer, 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.
Monsoon in Jaisalmer was magical alright, but you shouldn’t believe me until you get a glimpse yourself:
ARRIVING IN THE OLD FASHIONED LUXURY OF SURYAGARH
A unique resort built in the style of a Rajasthan fort. A warm welcome by musicians of the Manganiyar tribe, who tug at your heart with the tunes of the desert.
STUMBLING UPON A TYPICAL DESERT SCENE
during monsoon 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.
SPOTTING GREEN PASTURES IN JAISALMER
literally in the middle of nowhere, with herds of sheep, goats, cows and even camels grazing on them.
COOLING OFF AT AN OASIS IN THE THAR DESERT
formed during monsoon in Jaisalmer! This lake is formed in the 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.
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?
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.
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.
CHASING MONSOON IN JAISALMER ACROSS THE THAR DESERT
and watching ominous grey clouds unleash themselves across the vast nothingness.
LITERALLY WATCHING THE MAGIC OF MONSOON IN JAISALMER
as the shadows of a grey sky paint such surreal scenes in Rajasthan’s golden desert.
FEELING LIKE ROYALTY AT SURYAGARH
after the rains stop, and the pitch dark night engulfs the vast wilderness of the desert.
Have you experienced the magic of monsoon in Jaisalmer?