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Pabu Ki Dhani was a wonderful surprise to me. I knew it was in the middle of the rocky desert next to a (most of the time) dry lake, but to see this place with my own eyes was breathtaking. The beautiful little clay houses overlook the plain and the surrounding moonscape covered with a thin layer of black volcanic rocks. The people are friendly and welcoming and share all they have with you. Some real friendships were established here! I wish Pabu and his family a beautiful future.
I had one of the best time in my life in Pabu Ki Dhani. I lived in harmony with the desert and india people living here, I learned a lot about them and their culture and i found a sort of peace of the minde and of the spirit looking at the sunset every evening. If you need to find yourself, or to be in harmony with the moment, go to Pabu Ki Dhani.
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!!
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