Camel treks for tourists operate out of Jaisalmer, and from other towns near the Thar Desert. This is as touristy as tourism gets. It's more like a camel ride, and one step up from a coin-operated pony in front of the candy store. Nonetheless it's enjoyable. After an hour's ride, there's a drive out to a camp in the desert, with a meal and entertainment.
|My ship of the desert
Later on I found out that that chinking noise from the saddle was from bottles of Pepsi, on sale for 30 rupees during a break at the sand dunes.
|One of the star performers
Publicity head shot.
Ah, the Method!
|In a lighter role
Inspired by Curly Howard
|Rajasthani folk troupe
Later on, this group performed epic songs in the desert. The music sounded somewhat like qawwali.
|The percussion section
The wooden sticks sound like castanets, and are played like spoons.
|A tandem drum
This was played for the dancers. It's metal and it's loud.
The concert ended up in a free-for-all, with members of the audience being dragged up to make total fools of themselves. They knew their customers.