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14 ~ Temperature – 3.4C. Yes, MINUS : Mandawa to Bikaner

Day 4 : But I was toasty in my room


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Was told at breakfast that overnight the temperature fell to – 3.4C, yes MINUS.

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After a hearty filling breakfast, left at 9am / 09:00 and drove through to Bikaner.

The country roads had few vehicles and the low morning fog blanketed the fields.

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Pass a group of pilgrims going to Salis Temple.

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Saw fields of onion, wheat, garlic, kinnow a high yield mandarin hybrid and oranges. Many fields were being irrigated.

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Khejri tree

Used for firewood and fodder. It has no leaves.

Khejri tree is a tree mostly found in the desert. They have berrylike food called sangari. They can grow without much water. Its bark is used for medicine. These fruits are eaten by bishnoi tribes.

Culturally, the tree holds a very important place in lives Rajasthani people, especially the Bishnois. The tree (Prosopis cineraria) is considered as sacred as 'Tulsi' by many giving it an important religious significance. Before they begin construction of a new well, they offer prayers under a Khejri tree.

https://www.google.com/search?client=ms-google-coop&cx=partner-pub-6518056906525827%3A5879979398&ei=oHxLXPWxNMferQG08Ja4Dw&q=Khejdli+tree+&oq=Khejdli+tree+&gs_l=psy-ab.12..0i13j0i13i10j0i13j0i13i10l4j0i13l2j0i13i10i30.165697.165697..168542...0.0..0.174.174.0j1......0....2j1..gws-wiz.UUlKati4xe0

Another interesting article about the khejri tree …

http://peepli.org/blog/2015/09/17/the-sacred-tree-of-the-desert/

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Had to wait for a while at the railway crossing at Lachhmangarh.

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Lachhmangarh

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Onions

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Milk

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Chillis

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Time for the 10.30am / 10:30 morning tea break at Bharpalsar Bidawatan on the outskirt of Ratangarh.

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A field of Aleo vera plants with their orange tip.

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Posted by bruceontour 00:57 Archived in India Tagged khejri_tree

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