Friday, February 4, 2011

Povestiri din Rajahsthan 16. Cazare in Jaisalmer, India / Stories of Rajahsthan 16. Accommodation in Jaisalmer, India

The last photos of this post will show you why I wanted to write about our accommodation in Jaisalmer.


The Royale, is built in haveli style and it lies at the foot of the fortress. There are few tourists in that area but the place is well situated, at 10 min walk to the main gate of the fortress. A swimming pool is surely nice in summer but even now a pair was sunbathing there. Sometimes, some strange visitors pop their heads on the entrance door...


The most attractive place is the roof restaurant. Not only because you may see the whole fortress and other surroundings but also you may watch splendid sunrises. It is a magic moment. Birds are flying soundless. Fog is hanging over the houses till the sky change color and then, the first sun beams come out... There are only few minutes, as color changes dramatically, but those minutes stay with you for a lifetime...

La Jaisalmer am stat doua nopti intr-un hotel construit in stil haveli, numit The Royale. Zona invecinata nu era nici foarte curata, nici circulata de turisti, altii decat cei cazati acolo. In schimb, hotelul avea piscina, extrem de utila vara dar si acum folosita pentru plaja de niste turisti. E drept ca uneori mai baga capul pe usa si niste clienti cam ciudati...
Asezat in exteriorul cetatii, la picioarele zidurilor cu contraforturi puternice, hotelul este la 10 minute de mers pe jos de intrarea principala  in cetate.
 langa receptie ne intampina Ganesha
 or mai fi locuri?
nu strica sa arunc o privire...
Restaurantul de pe acoperis ofera o priveliste cuprinzatoare, care atrage fotografii, amatori sau nu. Este un loc placut, frumos decorat, unde poti bea o cafea, savura un pahar cu vin sau cina. Noi am servit acolo micul dejun, cam dardaind fiindca la 7 dimineata abia incepea sa se ridice ceata, imprastiata de primele raze ale soarelui. Baietii de la bucatarie si cei care serveau erau si ei toti zgribuliti si cu ochii "carpiti de somn", cum spunem noi. Ca regula, aproape in toate locurile in care am stat, desi eram la restaurant la ora anuntata pentru deschidere, nu gaseam pe nimeni acolo. In India nimeni nu se grabeste si orarul pare a fi doar ...orientativ. Cei mai harnici, intarzie doar jumatate de ora....
Stand pe terasa, ai sub ochi intreaga cetate. Nu e de mirare ca apar aici fotografi demni de invidiat...
Acoperisul atrage insa si pentru rasaritul pe care poti sa il urmaresti aici. O liniste perfecta. Pana si pasarile zboara fara zgomot, nu se aude nici un ciripit. Scame de ceata atarna inca peste case. Incet-incet, cerul se coloreaza la orizont. Apoi, in cateva minute, lumina se schimba rapid pe masura ce soarele urca mai sus. Sunt doar cateva minute dar ele iti raman in amintiri, o viata, impreuna cu atmosfera care le insoteste.
primul rasarit
 a doua zi dimineata, mai devreme:
Vedeti acum de ce am vrut neaparat sa va arat locul de cazare din Jaisalmer? ACEST rasarit mi-l voi aminti mereu...Impreuna cu apusul de la Mandawa, ele vor fi, pentru mine...India!

36 comments:

Rizalenio said...

The last eight images are very beautiful. Same with you, my friend, this kind of scenes will stay with me for a lifetime.

Oh, the man on the top of the table, I would do the same just for photography. Hahaha.

The tile floor of the pool is a Mickey Mouse, that made me smile.

Randy said...

This is an amazing series of photos. I didn't expect Micky Mouse.

Siddhartha Joshi said...

I could only read the part in English, but loved the pictures!

I am in India and yet to visit Jaisalmer, feel quite jealous of you :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Rizalenio, it seems we have an eye for the same kind of things. Thanks for the kind words!

Traveling Hawk said...

Randy, they do not see only Bollywood moovies...

Traveling Hawk said...

Siddhartha Joshi: thank you for visiting my site. Jaisalmer is much nearer for you than it is my country, Romania. I see you live in Gujarat, the neighbour province of Rajahsthan, and you are in consultancy, so I think you will see Jaisalmer too one day! I wish this for you!

VertAnge said...

Privelistea de pe acoperis este grozava!

Imperator said...

Eu am dormit fix in cetate, tot intr-un haveli... dar conditiile erau cam de pe vremea cand fusese construit, dar nu a contat, a fost o experienta grozava :) Jaisalmer este orasul meu favorit din Rajastan

pharaonx said...

ce sa mai zic. un rasarit de nota 10.
acum ce mai conta - dupa mine - ca au intirziat cei care trebuiau sa serveasca masa.

si ma intreb ce senzatie poti sa ai cind faci baie in piscina, si vezi ca o vacuta isi baga capul pe usa si se uita la tine, asa blank, rumegind.

sa ne umplem sufletele de frumos.

un weekend placut

Andras said...

Super locuri!!!
Imagini minunate!!!

joo said...

I love this place with it's atmosphere, and last photos are marvellous!

smalldot said...

frumos..

Traveling Hawk said...

Acoperea mai mult de jumatate din raza unui cerc, VertAnge, de aceea puteai cuprinde mult. Seara era mai greu de fotografiat pentru ca era un alt fel de ceata sau poate particule de nisip, aduse de vant din desert?!

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc pentru vizita, Imprerator! In cetate se confrunta, din ce in ce mai mult, cu lipsa apei. Probabil de aceea, agentiile ca cea cu care am organizat excursia, nu mai rezerva cazare acolo. Am fost insa pe acoperisul unui haveli vechi in cetate:)

Mi-ar fi greu sa spun care mi-a placut cel mai mult: poate din fiecare cate ceva si per total, totul! Oricum, mie mi-a placut foarte mult si Udaipur, iar ca atmosfera, Bundi bate totul: e mai autentic inca, nu atat de comercializat ca cele 4 "mari si tari": Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur si Udaipur.

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, pharaonx, un weekend placut si tie!

Nu m-a deranjat decat o data intarzierea, cand trebuia sa plecam mai devreme si, la Jaisalmer, obiceiul mi-a conferit chiar timp pentru fotografiat:)

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, Andras! Un weekend inspirat!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Joo! I love them too because they preserved such memory...

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc pentru vizita si apreciere, smalldot!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Beautiful place excellent pictures!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Phivos! Have a nice weekend!

magda said...

You 're right!
The perfect sunrise!
What wonderful pictures, I like humor that describes, for the inquisitive visitor, to timetables .... :)
Amazing India, very interesting with many contrasts.
Have a nice weekend
Magda

Teri said...

These are beautiful pictures. I can see why you wanted to post them and also be there. Every moment seems special...the moon, the pigeons kissing, the beautiful colors in the restaurant...all good.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you very much, Magda, for your nice words!

Traveling Hawk said...

Hi, Teri! Nice to have you here. Thanks for your kind comment.

VP said...

Who does photograph the photographer? Always watch your back when taking pictures...

Traveling Hawk said...

Me :) It was a nice subject, wasn't he?

alicee said...

Aproape i-as spune locatia perfecta!
Aproape fiindca, daca lasi rasaritul la o parte imaginea aceea e destul de debusolanta, pt cineva tocmai trezit, ma refer la pozele cu cladiri, insa hotel cu piscina, restaurant decorat traditional, peisaj colorat de dimineata si-un rasarit frumos, e secretul perfect pt a incepe ziua cu un zambet!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Very beautiful shots especially the closing pictures... Thanks 1

Traveling Hawk said...

alicee: tocmai ceea ce spui dovedeste contrastul intre realitatile indiene: hotelul si cladirirle...Cand intri in hotl te afli intr-o lume pe care o cunosti, cand iesi, intri intr-alta.

Joop Zand said...

It's again a beautiful serie photo's..... very well done !!

greetings and a nice weekend,

Joop

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you for the comment, Wong!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Joop Zand!

MKL said...

I love the sunset photos. They're amazing :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Aren't they? I love them too.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Interesting lifestyle. Magnificent sequence of photos to close this beautiful set with,

Traveling Hawk said...

The decoration in haveli-hotels is Indian style and very nice. Thank you for the comment, J_on_tour!