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01 Travel Rajasthan Rain Monsoon Desert Lakshmi Sharath

It is rather poetic to watch the arrival of monsoon in the desert. Brown sands scattered with cacti and grey clouds pregnant with rain create a rather stark combination.

Rain in the desert - Monsoon in Jaisalmer

27 September 2013

Wherever I go, I seem to take the weather with me. It rained in the hills, in the sea, in the forests, in cities, in villages, but I did not expect it to rain in the desert. My first glimpse of rain in Jaisalmer was from my hotel room in Suryagarh, a palatial citadel. The stark landscape was drenched. I was warned not to step out as the roads were flooded and vehicles were getting stuck. I was prepared for the rains, but I was not prepared for flooding. Later, as the fury of the rains abated, I stepped out to see the rain swept villages experiencing the magic of the monsoons.

Text and photos by LAKSHMI SHARATH

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