Published: January 1st 2012December 30th 2011
A cold day dawns in the Aravalli mountains at the Ananta Spa Resort. After a stressfulnight deciding between seat belts and a super driver, seat belts win. Mr Mukesh drives us into Pushkar, parking in the Camel fair stadium and escorts us into town, fending off guides Brahmin, Camel ride touts and Indian musicians.
Pushkar is a peaceful Hindu Mecca with a lake surrounded by temples and ghats where one can create good karma for oneself, ones friends, ones family and one’s nation for a few hundred Rupee. We return to the bazar, with red dotted foreheads, rice bespeckled hair and a karma band around our wrists, so we are sorted ;). Mukesh introduces us to street cha a delicious mix of tea, milk and fresh ginger.
For a few hundred rupee the three of us share lunch, chapattis baked over an open fire, fresh vegetable curries and water, absolutely delicious. After Jill has demonstrated the art of bargaining, Rob leaves one of the many local stores replete with Rajput dress to be worn at the New Year celebrations in Udaipur. With our patchouli incense sticks in hand we retire to the hotel to take our leave of
Mukesh and reflect on a relaxing day spent in Pushkar. Greeted by Rajput troubadours tuning up for a night of festivities, we spend the evening enjoying Indian techno beat. Perfect preparation for the festivities in Udaipur.
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