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Discovering Jaisalmer

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I have to admit that I was disappointed that Mahendra was not waiting for us with an orchestra at the station Jaisalmer, since, knowing him, was a possibility. The truth is that when we finally got off the train and came to say hello, we felt again that we were in family again.

We go up to tuk-tuk And we set off. Within a few minutes, the Jaisalmer fortress Our majestic and imposing appeared before us. We had a shabby and cheap hotel booked in Jaisalmer, but Mahendra insisted that we stay at the Raj Mandir, he invited us. The truth is that there is already a point when I got tired of arguing about her hospitality and simply resigned myself to accept it while promising myself that I would return her favors in some way. And the Raj Mandires hotel is one pass. It is the typical dream hotel where I would escape with my partner. It only has five rooms and ours was in one of the towers of the fortress. We looked like fairytale princesses. And it was time!

After a quick shower, we went down to reception and Mahendra invited us to ride the motorcycle with Dilip to go to the tailor to make us the saris. That way we could have them ready for dinner that night at Mahendra's house. So, we both got on the motorcycle and we meandered through the streets of Jaisalmer until we reached a small tailor shop. There they took me steps to make me the sari and the Punjabi.

After the visit to the designer, Mahendra left us free until dinner time, so we took the opportunity to eat something at Saffron restaurant, which was close to the designer and had a terrace where you could eat relaxed. Afterwards, we set out to tour the labyrinthine streets of Jaisalmer Fort.

He jaisalmer fort It was built by the Rajputa Jaisala in 1156 and has numerous palaces, temples and hundreds of tourist shops. Despite all this, Jaisalmer still has a magical charm that immediately made it my favorite city in India (of all the ones I visited on this trip). The best thing about the fort is to get lost in its streets, discover the paintings of all the havelis that there are and count all representations of Ganesha spread over the walls.

We did not enter any palace, nor any temple, we just wanted to enjoy the walk and the pleasant weather that day. Thus, the hours flew by. Later, at the indicated time we were at the hotel ready to go up to the tuk-tuk that would take us to Mahendra's house. His house is on the outskirts of Jaisalmer and is a completely new construction. He came to meet us at the door and introduced us to his wife, who seemed to me a beautiful person.

The house is new, they finished building a few months ago, and they still have to add furniture and other things. Sonia and I sat with Mahendra's wife in a small room with sofas while having tea. Mahendra disappeared from the scene and left the women alone talking about their things. His wife is amazing, she works as a school principal in a center about an hour from Jaisalmer in the direction of Jodhpur, where he travels every day by bus. He explained that it was a bit hard, because Mahendra spends many days away from home and there are times that they only see each other a couple of times a month.

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