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Salopek Makes it to Jaipur But Donkey, Raju, Dies in His Arms


Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Paul Salopek is on a nearly decade-long journey to walk around the world. As his path he has chosen humanity’s migration out of Africa some 40,000 years ago. He began his journey in the African Rift Valley of Ethiopia and started walking east once he hit Asia.

Salopek, donkey and wrangler leaving Salasar, Rajasthan, India.

In the latest update Salopek continues through the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, encountering temperatures of 111-113°F, but making it to the well-known Indian city, Jaipur.

18th Century Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur, India.

He visited Kalibangan where he observed grounds laden with pottery shards from the 4000 year old Indus River Civilization, one of the oldest yet most advanced. He examines the civilization in a recent article linked to the site.

He also visited the Kuchaman City fortress, a 9th century relic, and he walked the old stone road to Jaipur where he visited the salt plains and observed salt farmers.

He is joined by a new walking guide, Siddharth Agarwal. We also have word that his tireless but earless donkey, Raju, died in Salopek’s arms, heaving from a fever of unknown origin.

A nomadic community, Rajasthan, India.

Click here for Out of Eden’s base page that explains the expedition, contains the latest news, the best photos, expedition links and previous updates.

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