We last visited Bikaner ten years ago, travelling by train from Jodphur. On the final part of the journey it seemed as if the train was gliding along on the desert sand. A few small villages amongst the sand dunes.
This time a five hour drive with the usual stops to stretch the legs and drink cups of chai. Just outside Bikaner there was great excitement from my men. Hundreds of vultures.
just hanging around
The quest for eagles and vultures was looking good. After a good nights sleep and breakfast we headed out towards the National Research Centre on Camels, who knew?!!! Ahhh........so many camels and babies and there is even a museum.
Suffice to say we didn't stop long but drove the short distance to the 'perfume garden' aka the carcus dump. Yuck. However there were so many different eagles and vultures it was astonishing. Keith and Samshu were besides themselves with excitement Perfumed hanky to nose it was just bearable! Having said that seeing the birds flying and soaring in the sky made up for the smell.
That's my best photo above. If you want to see magnificent photos you can check out Keiths website - see link.
So, big tick let's move on to some textile things!
a wall painting advertising a womens' cooperative
how lovely, they are all busy stitching quilts
`A revisit to the Prachina Cultural Museum was a must. Curated by the Princess it is stuffed full with exquisite Rajasthani costumes, jewellery and textiles. Everything is under glass to a bit difficult to take photos. However, above details of two silk skirts, heavily embroidered and just gorgeous.
Wandering around the old city you will find ladies preparing cloth for dyeing and see the results laid out to dry over walls and bushes.
Silkscreen printing is a big cottage industry - dupattas (large scarves/shawls) and saries. These are often laid out on big stretches of sand/earth to dry. A colourful sight indeed.
On our last night in Bikaner the air was full of very loud (but cool) music and amazing fireworks.