Monday, September 19, 2011


Jaisalmer is a small town in the middle of the desert. The city center is dominated by a large fort and the arcitecture has a more arabic feel to it. We arrived here after a 5 hours by car. While roaming the markets of Jaisalmer we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a demonstration. 100s of people poured into the streets led by a rickshaw with loud speakers tied to the roof. The demonstration was loud and pretty furius. I asked a local what was going on and he told me that they were demonstrating against the large windmills that have been put up around the city. It turns out that none of the power produced by those windmills is used to power Jaisalmer. And the locals feel they are left with nothing more than large steel constructions that clutter their desert. After the demonstration was over we headed to get something to eat and then back to the hotel to relax on the roof terrace. We are now getting ready for our excursion. We will spend tomorrow night under the stars in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.

Higer resolution images are available here.

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