Under the stars, with a spread of kebabs and beers, and someone special, it’s when time stands still and love comes alive. Dinner in the desert in the quaint town of Churu can leave you with memories for a lifetime.

Camel cart in Churu, RajasthanI had heard of Shekhawati frescoes, even seen photographs. But Churu was a lesser known town in Rajasthan. With its quaint old world charm, there’s quite a warm pull to it.

Malji ka Kamra

The adventure begins at the station, as you get off and can take a ride in the tuk tuk, simply put the shared autos. The one decent place to stay is at Malji Ka Kamra which actually was a haveli belonging to businessman named Malji. This huge place was his rang mahal and athithi graha or entertainment place and guest house. Slightly daunting, it is an imposing structure with curved balconies and lots of pillars.

Walking on the sand

Making this as the base, you can go to the desert for dinner and a camp. Malji had arranged the dinner and the guide. Through the dark narrow lanes, in the jeep, up and down over the bumpy roads, which suddenly finish and you find yourself at the edge of the desert.

Fortunately, during my travel there, I landed on a full moon night and I can’t even begin to describe the way the moon’s rays shone over the sand. They rippled and crinkled and created little laughter lines and waves on the sand. Sparse bushes lined the area. It’s difficult to walk with shoes on, for they sink into the sand and it becomes heavy to take them out.

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