I decided to take this safari as I was taking a UK visitor around Rajasthan.As we didnt want too much of a rattle n roll journey we went along in our own car instead of Deepak's jeep.Deepak came and personally escorted us on the trip.We first went to a tribal home and saw the simplicity with which these people live in mud huts.It is also quite visible that they possess nothing...bare walls and floors.Deepak did mention they were being looked after by a UNESCO program....or maybe I am wrong.There were little children everywhere who kept coming up...though they didnt beg.I was torn between giving sweets n presents but this would then mean that the next visitors would be harassed and 'begged' for goodies.Deepak said he had left some money with the lady of the house.We then travelled for a while before reaching a potters area where he showed us how to make a pot...looks easy but fairly difficult.After that we went to a weaver's village.These people have a community and the sales of the 'dhurries' are all shared.We were shown how the work was done on looms set up around their homes.After which we were shown the end product.Deepak had mentioned that there was no need to buy so we hadnt gone with any intention to,but on seeing the 'dhurries' with their vibrant colors and fairly reasonable prices we were tempted.They can be packed and shipped to your destination too.I have to say the colors and designs are very bright and unique and the prices are fairly reasonable.(Enroute from Ranakpur there is a place called Tribal dhurries which had been recommended - went in to check and the prices were higher and the colors n designs not a patch on this communities' work)
Our last stop was a Bishnoi home to see a opium ceremony and how the old opium apparatus was used in the earlier days.We met the charming Bishnoi women who dont kill animals and live in harmony with nature.All in all a decent trip to see village life at close quarters.We only did the halfday tour which costs Rs.750 per head.We saw a few deer and a Nil gaya and stopped for a little bit of bird watching.Deepak knows his world and does a good job showing it.
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