Day 11 : Safari
After breakfast continue with the safari.
Route: It is all terrain with sparse vegetarian & trees at longer distances. Patches of grass are observed along with bushes. Trees are mostly Khejra (Prosopis Cineraria), which yields manifold benefits to people, cattle & crops in this region. It is an area of zerophytic vegetation. Villages are not in a concentration population pattern. Scattered hamlets are seen, people living by the side of their agricultural farms. Camels & cattle are common sight. Beautiful woman clad in colourful attires add to local scene & attraction. At an interval, on shall find tiny ponds (called Nadi) which are essential for cattle & people. Transformation from traditional to modern life is also seen.
Emrpite, you will be guests of Bishnoi village leaders. Their camel can walk with villagers animals led by rural ladies. At village ponds, they can see birds. From camel's back they can observe wild animals like black buck (Antelope cervicapra) & Chinkara (gazella gazella) etc. Night halts can be at advantageous places. Asalty patch will also com under way, Couple of times, one will cross the railway line & roads too. Identification of villages can be done as per convenience. You will observe Bishnoi temples & life around them in utter still atmosphere of desert. On way, migratory cranes can be seen in large in numbers. You will also see Grey Partridge, Quail, Common Sandgrouse, Imperial Sandgrouse, Houbara, Great Indian Bustard, Demooiselle Crane, Peacock are other common species (Great Indian Bustart is a rare spotting).
Bishnoi Tribes: It is a sect among Hindus who respect nature, wildlife & lead a life on traditionally proved old scientific values. These people generally wear white clothes & a white turbal to reflect chaste living. They observe 29 principles in daily life, both men & women. These relate to a healthy order of living, including not doing evil practices. The Bishnoi people have earned a high degree of respect & record for themselves by virtue of their extreme dedication to preservation of flora & fauna. There have been four well-documented "Saka" (self-sacrifice) by them in Rajasthan alone-all for saving the desert trees. These people nurse a peculiar strong inhibition towards the killing of Black buck (Antelope cervicapra). To particular Bishnoi, the black buck, any black buck, represents one of his ancestors &, as such, is a object of veneration. There have been instances in recent years of Bishnoi people chasing poachers to an extent that they received bullets on their bodies while protecting the blackbuck.
We have seen once a young Bishnoi lady offering her breast to a young one of black buck as it was abandoned by mother near the village, Vishnoiki-Dhani in the desert. These people are hard working, handsome, tall & well built. They are hospitable & take pride in upholding their age-old traditions. The Indian desert is picher by presence of this community as most of its ecological balance is largely due to these dedicated men & women.
Camp: Swiss Tents lined up. Traditional people receive you as you retire into individual Tents. Outside you see a separate Dining Hall (tented) with table & chairs. Further you find your kitchen (also of tent) & fresh food being cooked for you. In the evening it is time for folk dances, folk songs cocktails & dinner in candle-light/bonfire. Breakfast will consist of fresh fruits, eggs, milk, corn-flakes, bread, butter, jam, marmalade plus other items & tea/coffee. Packed Lunch is to be preferably vegetarian consisting of Parantha (Indian bread), dry vegetables & fresh fruits. Dinner will always be non-vegetarian consisting of one non-vegetarian dish (chicken), two vegetable, lentils, rice, chapatti (bread) & salad, to be followed by & Indian Desert.