Our journey start at 8am, where we shall go for the village safari and visit the Bishnois people. It’s probably less than one hour out of the city, and we stop at a villager’s house with a large compound and a few cow. The put a mat on the outdoor compound (which are made of burnt cow dunk) and offer us a small cup of chai (tea). They show us how they make their daily morning opium drink before they work in the field, and we did try a little of it without much effect. They show us their natural refrigerator (without electricity), their crops (lentil, millets, vegetables), bed outside the room and dress Mei Ru with some local traditional dresses. They are really nice people, and like most things in India, nothing comes for free at the end (this is a tourism showcase afterall). We gave them RS 50 which seems insufficient, thus we top up another RS 50. On top of the agreed price for the paid services, we do have to take into account tips (uncommon in Malaysia) and extra services.

Next stop is the Bishnois memorial for their local leaders, which led the locals to fight against the Maharaja army, to stop them from cutting down the local trees. The memorial is a large compound planted with trees with a small shrine at the end. A lot of Bishnois (from local and afar) are staying at the compound for their prayers, and Mei Ru camera-ing attracted their attractions. They like to take photo with us, and ask us to take photo of them. They dresses Mei Ru up in 2 sets of green and orange dresses (contributing their own jewelry), and ask us to take more photograph. They even invited us to have some of their home-made Chapatti, and no one ask for money (just take more photos). I really enjoy their great hospitality and friendliness with lots of smile and happiness.

Bishnois memorial
Bishnois memorial Khejarli
Friendly Bishnois ladies
Friendly Bishnois ladies
Makeshift kitchen making Chapatti
Makeshift kitchen making Chapatti

We stop by a bird watching tower on the way, and it offers a great view of the surrounding.;

View from bird watching tower
View from bird watching tower
Goat herding
Goat herding