Bikaner, Deshnoke, Mandawa, Khichan, Sam desert • India, Rajasthan (EN)

Here is the fourth part of the film devoted to our trip to India in November 2015. It is also the last concerning Rajasthan. The rest of the trip will be Varanasi (Bénarès).

About the 5 places in this film


Bikaner: Nestled in the northern part of Rajasthan, Bikaner is known for its majestic Junagarh Fort, Rajput architecture, and local delicacies like bhujias. Founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, it retains a rich cultural tradition with its palaces and temples.


Deshnoke: Famous for the Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke draws visitors with its unique worship of sacred rats. This small village near Bikaner is an important pilgrimage site where rats are revered and protected.


Mandawa: Known for its painted havelis and elaborate frescoes, this town in Shekhawati showcases the wealth of the region's merchants. Mandawa offers a glimpse into the art and architecture of the Rajput era.


Khichan: This village is celebrated for annually hosting thousands of migrating Demoiselle cranes. The local community's commitment to protecting these birds has become an outstanding example of wildlife conservation in India.


Sam Desert: Located near Jaisalmer, the Sam Desert is a prime destination for sand dune enthusiasts and camel safaris. It's a popular spot to experience the desert and witness spectacular sunsets.



 - L. Subramaniam (Inde)  - Le violon de l'Inde du Sud - Âlâpana, Ocora (558585/86)

 - Duke Ellington - Black, Brown and Beige - Caravan, Naxo's Jazz Legends

 (Inde)  - Rajasthan vol 1. Musiciens professionnels populaires. - Chant de Mariage avec Accompagnement de Vièle, Ocora (OCR 81)

 - Suresh Prajapati (Inde)  - Indian Classical Instrumental - Flute Tabla Raga 2, Suresh Prajapati

 (Inde)  - Musique populaire du Rajasthan - Jallalo Billalo, Ocora (OCR 47)

 - Lakshmi Shankar (Inde)  - Les Heures et les Saisons - Mira Bhajan: Raga Bhairavi, Ocora (558615/16)

 (Various countries)  - Music in the World of Islam, 4: Flutes & Trumpets - Podina, Tangent Records (TGS 134)

 - Narendra Bataju (Inde)  - Sitar Raga Kirvani / Surbahar Raga Gunkali - Raga Kirvani (Raga du Soir), Selaf Orstom (CETO 751)

 (Inde)  - Flûtes du Rajasthan - Solo de Flûte Double (Pawa), Le Chant du Monde

 - Big Bill Broonzy - Trouble in Mind - This Train, Smithsonian Folkways (SFW CD 40131)

Bikaner, Deshnoke, Khichan, Mandawa, Sam desert - Rajasthan, India