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I felt luckiest to discover a place calledPabi Ki Dhani that lies in the heart of Thar Desert. Pabu Ki Dhani offers the most authentic stay around the desert of Thar. A few 20 km road lead us up bit by bit from a small city of Jaisalmer to a place that was made up of millions of pebbles and stones scattered upon an everlasting barren land. A land with no grass!!! A land with no trees!!! A land with no man!!! And a land with no hope. This is where reached Capucine for the first time, a French young lady and fell in love with this place. She along with her colleague Pabu, a man of desert, planted a seed and called it Pabu Ki Dhani that bears today trees, grasses and few people. While driving to this place, a strong curiosity prevails to your mind asking where this journey is going to end up. The drive along the endless barren land goes on till the time you suddenly see just few huts far in the middle of the desert. I had for a moment breathlessness as my curiosity turned into a great surprise that I never imagined. This ultimate happiness can only be experienced by riding up there. My first encounter was with dear Capucine who was walking barren legs in that desert. I bowed before her and told you are my HERO. I was touched by her welcome and it was great to be in company with few kids living there who have been educated by Capucine and her team mate. Pabu Ki Dani is so for in all my trips of Rajasthan was the most authentic one. The reason behind it is - I lived a place where the silence prevailed as soon as the suns hide in the west. The howling up of Jaickals combining with the buzzing sounds of desert insects led us into the real Wilderness of Thar Desert. A few moments later, an ethnic group of desert people lined up around the bone fire and started playing for us the local music. A young guy playing music with desert stones impressed everyone around the fire. It was such a wonder experience watching a man holding two pieces of stones in each hand and making thrilling sounds. Those sounds still remain in my mind. Once those great musicians ended up with their wonderful performances, we were called for enjoying the locally cooked food on wood fire. I would really confess that it was the simplest food of my life thats why I called it the most authentic experience. The night prevailed and we were welcomed into the huts for spending a great night. Those very well made and well equipped huts were the best to experience a rural Rajasthan. In the darkness of desert, we saw the moon coming up that forced us to leave the huts and come to spend night under the sky. The red shining sun woke us up and we ran eastward to observe the sun rise. Later we were very lucky to be invited on a jeep safari to experience the life of Thar Desert. Long hours of ride around the villages and dunes made us realise how hard life there is the desert is. We explore several activities and practices on which the desert life drives on. This beautiful place offers equally a pleasant camel safari if you plan to stay longer. The best thing about this place is - you will be cut off from all kind of comfort zone and will live a few days in simplicity, in wilderness, in huts, around the locals and so called in rural Rajasthan . I strongly recommend this place for those who really wish to explore a rural India lying in the heart of a desert. Make yourself lucky while experiencing about this place.
If you're looking to see the famous sand dunes of Jaisalmer, you are in the wrong place. However, the staff there was super helpful, and set up a special trip for us to see it anyways. The food is fantastic and you'll be treated with superb hospitality. I have to say though, the lack of electricity is pretty hard to deal with (they could use a few more candles) and they did not check on us when we slept outside during a sandstorm accidentally. Though we really enjoyed our stay, it was not at all worth what we paid.
Pabu Ki Dhani is my desert home! Right from the very moment I met Pabu and Capucine, I felt as though I was one of the tribe! Staying with them and their extended family was one of the best experiences of my life. Each of them have such kind, gentle and generous natures, it was difficult for me to leave! The food was absolutely delicious, the accommodations are traditional and more than enough - it was a beautiful relief to be away from Internet and electricity and just get back to basics! I went to Pabu Ki Dhani a bit flustered and stressed from my travels, but left feeling at peace and rejuvenated, ready to tackle my next adventure. I honestly can't recommend this place and all the amazing people in it enough - I can't wait till the next time I can visit!!
We stayed here a while back in March 2012, so things may have changed...Yet this was too memorable a stay on a 2 month trip of so many Rajasthani highlights not to review. So late though this is...We travelled as a family of 2 adults and 2 children (11 and 9 at the time). The kindness, warmth and genuine openness of Capucine and Pabu and the rest of the family really touched our hearts. We loved staying here, our children loved it too - we still talk about our short time here; such is the positive impression these people made upon us. We loved fossil hunting on a camel trip, the desert music under the stars, our children playing cricket for hours with all the family, seeing friendships develop between our children and their own, the baby camel bleating, eating warm chapatis with bananas for breakfast, soaking up the desert landscape, and finding contentment in small things, as well as the superlatives. It felt like an authentic interaction on a very human level, rather than a superficial tourist show...we loved the slight chaos that would arise at times which is part of life for all of us. Sure, it comes with a price tag which isn't small, and one can sense the stark reality of Thar desert life under the veneer of tourism. Yet our time at Pabu Ki Dhani was eye opening in a deeply positive and inspiring sense and left a deep impression on us. It brought us face to face with the basic goodness of this family who live and survive on this planet in very different circumstances to us - well that is something beyond what a holiday can buy. Thank you for letting us share in your lives for a few days, and sorry it's taken so long to write this! We can only hope that one day, we'll find ourselves travelling your way again...
Unique experience: a combination of Bheel (tribe in Rajasthan) and French traditions. Breakfast was e.g. a mix of the local and the French: black tee with cardamon, puris with honey followed by bananas. I also got to eat some French honey. You can eat and drink tea as much as you like. Everything tastes simple and fresh. Evenings there is bone fire with family including children and extended family singing local songs and playing various musical instruments. Sweet potato was roasted in the bone fire, and eaten then and there. Tasted excellent. There are for obvious reasons many French visitors. Capucine has many legends to narrate. We were invited by a family member for goat sacrifice! That was too much for a soft city dweller like me. I declined. To sum it up: a moving experience.
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