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February 7th 2008
Published: February 9th 2008
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After seeing all that Jaipur had to offer we headed west towards Pushkar. On the road, hoping our driver wasn't going to keel over from the bad 'tea' he had the night before, we started to see more of rural india. Including camels, the local brick factories and the strangely massive piles of dried shit. Pushkar was roughly a 3 hour drive from Jaipur with the final 20 km along a tiny dirt track. Arriving in Pushkar we were dropped near the edge of town and told to walk because cars were not allowed, Ignoring Dales directions we headed off in the right way. Pushkar is a tiny little town surrounding a lake said to have been made when Krishna dropped a lotus flower. The mountainous area gives great views and town feels welcoming.

After dropping the bags at our hotel we headed out to explore. Following Dale, somewhat foolishly given his track record, we went down to see the lake. We were immediatley punced upon by a group of local 'priests' who taked the talk, led us down to the water, 'helped ' us throw flowers into the lake and then demanded that we give money to charity, After
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Roof top posing, Took some effort!
some delicate negotiations we haggled down to a minimum price to be "donated' and then got out of there, luckily we were also given red ribbon to tie around our wrists which offers protection from the next band of thieves/priests!! A little wiser we walked the length of the town, did some shopping for local goods and then had dinner overlooking the lake.



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