A travel that taught us almost everything, from trusting the slightest of our sixth sense to being the dumbest at making decisions. A journey that taught us the phrase "When God takes away something, he opens the door to something better", in literal sense.. In this journey through the state for 9 days, we learnt it all. We knew when something went wrong, something better was in store for us, and that trust helped us cope through the trouble that we went through to make some great images at the end of the day. Photography as everybody thinks, is very easy, but to make some good images for the viewer and most importantly for yourself, you need to sweat it out, you need to get into the trenches and make your mark.
Here, we will give you a gist of what we went through and then followed by the images we made in the day. This blog could easily sound like a rant, but trust in the word we say, we really are just sharing our experience and not writing this for any sort of sympathy. It is totally cool with us, and if we never go back to Rajasthan, it isn't for the reasons we state.
Day 1 - Book a room with OYO. Reach the hotel, and the hotel says their tie up with OYO was cancelled 3 months ago.
When you make such images, you tend to forget about what you faced during the day. We ended up with a sumptuous dinner at the rooftop of our hotel. Diwali fireworks added to the charm at the end of the day.
Day 2 - Leopard sanctuary visit without a leopard in sight!
So we managed to reach Bharatpur in one piece. The problem in India is you get advice from strangers about not talking to other strangers in their own hometown! This happens especially if you travel by train. With our good friend Devendra Singh, the cycle rickshaw expert guide, he ensured our safety at all cost! It was time to call it a day with some good dinner at Iora guest house. The owner himself was a naturalist at a couple of national parks and is a photographer who has some amazing photographs printed in the dining room. If you are in Bharatpur, we would highly recommend this guest house.
Day 3 - Keoladeo national park - A birder's paradise, a heaven that unfolded it's beauty.
Day 4 - Sarus crane and the fight for our seat in the train!!
The struggles don't really matter as long as you take it the right way. The images for a photographer at the end of the day is equivalent to gold or platinum.
Day 5 - The golden city and the infinite expanse of the desert sand..
So we had some local cuisine for dinner with Daal, Bhati and Churma being the highlight. Good food lifts your mood instantly, and it also prepared us for an eventful day the next morning.
Day 6 - The dunes and the GIBs!
Bidding adieu to such a scenic landscape was not easy, but life in the desert is extremely tough. Without rains, the locals have to go kilometres together to get water. City dwellers like us have it easy with resources coming to us from far and remote places. As tourists and travellers, these places look very inviting, but living conditions are difficult for the locals.
Day 7 - Almost missed the bus!
There's a small cool drink shop before you enter Gadisar lake pathway. It is our request for you to try the Makhaniya Lassi over there. It is pure heaven.
Day 8 - Missed luck to amazing luck
This is the exact moment when we realised that sometimes when you let go of something, or when you don't get something, you are given something of equal or better importance. We missed our train to Sambhar lake for the reason to go to Jhalana, and the safari to be available with a notice of an hour's time is something we'll remember for a long time.
Day 9 - Fort on a hill, but respect for Uber goes downhill
Yes, Rajasthan was a bitter sweet experience. The photographs are definitely alluring and might make us go back, but the joy of learning from travelling on your own and not depend on a tour agent makes the experience worthwhile. The ever blue skies, the warmth from the sun, the infinite expanse of deserts of Jaisalmer, everything was a joy. Like they say in Rajasthan, "Padharo Mhare Desh".