Blogs from Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Asia - page 29


Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar January 8th 2006

Next stop is Pushkar. It's quite a small town with a pop. of 15k (for comparisons, the prior stop at Jaipur was 2.3 million - which is quite big for any country). Pushkar surrounds a lake (a holy lake) and there are certain rules - no alcohol (tough for Roy), no meat or eggs, no public displays of affection (Jill was very upset by this one). Our hotel - Seventh Heaven - is amazing. Room isn't spectacular (could use some central heating) but the building is an old haveli which in general is a building with a open interior (like a courtyard). We woke up each morning and walked to the white marble rooftop to get our breakfast and read in the morning sun. Very relaxing. Food is also good but eggs would have been nice. ... read more
Seventh Heaven Roof
From Rooftop

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar January 6th 2006

Our next stop was Pushkar, a small, highly religous town where they believe in the healing powers of the lake waters. We arrived at about midday to find, again, that our prebooked rooms had been given away to someother people! As the hotel was beautiful and had the most amazing terrace overlooking the lake we were determined to stay there no matter what. The only room available for our 1 night stay was a delux room that we all 4 to share! After waiting to speak to the manager for over an hour, Lou quite literally told the manager how much we were going to pay and no messing and we were in and lapping up the luxury! The moment we stepped out of the hotel we were immediately handed a flower by guys standing on ... read more
Our hotel room
Lou and her "Pushkar passport"
Colour is everywhere in India

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar November 30th 2005

... oh, what a week. My last 12 hours in Jaipur were interesting, to say the least. I got thoroughly yelled at (perhaps 'chastised' is a better word) by a stranger on a street corner, which opened my eyes to how I've been seeing this portion of the trip. V and I were racing around the city in our usual "avoidance" march of blank stares and brisk pace when a man whose "hello"s we'd been ignoring suddenly said "so you don't speak to Indians?" It was insulting, and yet embarassingly on point. A rather heated conversation followed in which we were lectured for refusing to talk to the locals who spoke to us, and likened to the tourists who come to India and manage to avoid everything and everyone authentically Indian. We escaped the conversation unscathed, ... read more
Peaceful Park
Regal Looking
Me and my Camel

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar November 14th 2005

Well, I'm still here in Pushkar after nearly two weeks. It's nice to have seen all the changes take place as when I first arrived there wasn't a single camel to be seen. Now, towards the end of the fair here, the 50,000 or so camels that had been gathered from across Rajastan have almost all been sold and are being taken back into the depths of the desert. I'm here for the annual Pushkar Fair or Mela and so in addition to all the camel trading there are also events and competitions as varied as longest moustache, loudest laugh, quickest turban tying etc as well as dancing and singing. There's also a fairground with the most unsafe rides you could possibly imagine - Ferris wheels, waltzers, pirate ships and the like but made of not ... read more
A friendly face
Camels everywhere

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar November 11th 2005

Hi all We left early in order to arrive in Pushkar in the early afternoon for the camel fair. After the insanity of some of the other cities, Pushkar was tame, relaxing, quiet.. or maybe we just felt that way cause we were not being harassed the same way as we were in the bigger cities. Our hotel had a pool, which was a huge plus, but Pushkar is a dry town, which was not so good. Luckily, Beebal had warned us and we had ample supplies of beer, rum and vodka. The hotel staff must think the westerners are insane. I am sure after we buzzed through they did.. Haha We went down to the "Fair Grounds". I have never seen so many camels in my life. We just wandered through the fields and the ... read more


Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar October 26th 2005

After leaving Kashmir we began the journey south, back once again through Dharamsala and Delhi (where we met up with Paul) and continued on our way to the state of Rajasthan. Our first stop was the city of Agra, which may be best known for being the home of the Taj Majal, which is said to be “the greatest monument to love ever created”. The story goes that it was built by the fifth Mughal emperor in 1631, in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth to their 14th child. Not surprisingly. It was just as beautiful as rumored to be, although our photos don’t quite do it justice. Although we were told it is most brilliant in the early morning sun and thus managed to somehow arrive around sunrise (okay, ... read more
Lindsay and Krishna
Tara and "Shanti"

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar October 23rd 2005

Nuit au Pushkar Palace .. un vrai palace avec des serveurs tres beaux en blanc a turban orange, une chambre confortable avec des draps, television, une baignoire...des photos en noir et blanc de Maharadjas dans les couloirs... Dans les autres hotels il n y avait pas de draps et heureusement j avais mon petit sac de couchage tout fin tout leger en soie... La television ca ne me manquait evidemment pas dans les autres hotels mais c est interessant a voir une fois... un monde a la fois occidentalise avec pubs pour savon, dethol, telephone portable mais avec des femmes en sari... J ai tres bien dormi sauf qu a 4h du matin a commence a retentir une priere retransmise par haut parleur... avant de me reveiller vraiment j ai reve qu il s agissait d ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar October 22nd 2005

Hier soir, jai passe la soiree avec mes copains francais et le proprio du petit hotel dans lequel j etais. En fait, ce gars, Ramu, fait lallee et retour en bus entre Ajmer et Pushkar pour y pecher des touristes et les amener a son hotel. J ai donc fait partie de la peche.. Moi aqui avait d abord cru l avoir rencontre par hasard... Nadine et Julien avaient ete peches dans le bus suivant... Au debut c est le genre de chose qui m irrite, l impression de m etre fait avoir mais apres reflexion je me dis que c est de bonne guerre et de plus il n a pas ete insistant du tout me proposant juste de voir l hotel... qui etait bien. Finallement c est une facon comme une autre de faire ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar October 21st 2005

D avance soyez indulgende pour les fautes, clavier a moitie efface avec de l Hebreu (oui oui!0 par dessus. J ai donc quitte la petite ville Bundi hier pour Pushkar. 5h de bus et pas un deluxe cette fois ci, un veritable tape cul, parfois j avais l imprssion que le bus faisait des bonds de 30cm. Bus qui s arretait bcp et aui se vidait et se remplissait. A un moment on etait 5 sur une banquette de 3. Mon sac a dos au milieu de la rangee avec tout le monde qui marche dessus..... sorry fabienne! (Fabienne D qui m a prete son super sac a dos speciale ladies pour epouser nos courbes. Plusieurs fois j etais la seule occidentale dans le bus et ils ne se genent vraiment pas pour te regarder comme ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Pushkar September 13th 2005

We grabbed a morning bus from Jaipur to the small, very religious lake town of Pushkar. Unfortunately, the bus was not one which I could ride on the roof so I made do with reading the local newspaper and chatting with two Isreali girls. Upon arriving in Pushkar, we were unable to find a suitable guest house. So Natalie and I set out on a whirlwind tour of Pushkar's muddy streets in search of a good guest house (we left Ollie and Nadia to look after our backpacks). After an hour and a half, we stumbled upon Hill View Guest House (which was recommended to me by other travelers in Varanasi). As we entered the guest house, I was greeted by my Brazilian and Spanish friends from Jaipur whom I seen off to Pushkar the day ... read more
Bull in hallway
Monkey at lake
Market Man

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