By Jitaditya Narzary Sep. 05, 2017
The villagers of Khichan in Rajasthan are gracious hosts to Demoiselle cranes, who escape the freezing winters of the Eurasian Steppes and Mongolia, and fly almost 5,000 kilometres to reach India in search of food and shelter.
n a cold January morning last year, while I was in the midst of an annual Rajasthan trip, my mind became preoccupied by Khichan, a sleepy village in the middle of the Thar desert. I was yet to visit this nondescript destination, but like many of my photographer and traveller friends, it had made its way to the top of my bucket list. As my train announced its arrival at Phalodi, an old caravan centre in Thar, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to take a detour. Jaisalmer could wait. Khichan was barely six kilometres away, and it was time to take in what it had to offer.
Jitaditya Narzary used to be a cinephile who barely left his room. But then he found the Himalayas. Nowadays he mostly roams solo, around the hills as well as dusty hinterlands of India, in search of places beyond the touristy cliches