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Oct 28, 2017 - Jodhpur to Pushkar

Friday 27th October 2017 Jodhpur to Pushkar Up early today and left the hotel at around 8:30am to drive to Pushkar. Arrived at about 1:00pm. The city was bustling because the Pushkar Camel Fair was just starting tomorrow. Lunch in the hotel, and in this town there is no meat, eggs or alcohol, so it was a total vegetarian meal. At 4:00pm we went with the group for a walk from the hotel into the town about a kilometre away. We visited the Pushkar Lake where Hindus come to pray and bathe at one of the 54 ghats and have ceremonies, then we...

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May 6, 2017 - pushkar to Agra

So I obviously haven't written in a while!! I had this one saved in my phone from pushkar to Agra from a couple days ago.. Aylish and I went to the top of the mountain by gondola to check out the stiva temple at the top. The gondola ride was 2 dollars and in turn the way up was taken up by a good view and nervous laughs. The view was awesome of Pushkar. The city is the last one before the real start of the Thar desert.  It's known for the world's biggest camel fair. Sometime in October I think. After that we came back down to go for a late...

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May 4, 2017 - Pushkar

We took the city bus to oushkar because we didn't want to wait till the direct bus was full. The bus terminal was nuts. It was about 50 huge buses all blowing their horn at the same time. Everyone was calm until their bus came then it was a mad dash to get a seat otherwise you were standing. We thought we were smart by getting a window seat for air but it was more like a heater blowing full blast on you for for a couple hours haha. I had some serious swass by the end. We were pouring water on our heads by the end of it and getting laughed...

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Jan 4, 2016 - Food, money, and other practical things

Pushkar is a city focused on the holy Brahman lake Pushkar Sarovar. Because of the sacred nature of the area, the town is 100% vegetarian, alcohol free, and strict in terms of public display of affection. Vegetarian here includes no eggs, but does allow dairy such as butter, yogurt, and cheese. Food is spicy. Sometimes less, often more, but spicy. Our New Year dinner included a spaghetti with a meat sauce that had been spiced beyond expectations. Restaurants are generous with sauces and gravies, in part as an extender. The common bread...

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Nov 17, 2013 - going to the state fair

When it comes to hot air balloon rides, we feel jinxed. When we went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival with 800 balloons aloft at a time, our flight was cancelled due to unreliable winds. In Turkey our hearts were crushed when the hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia was cancelled due to rain. But at 7am here in Pushkar our basket lifted off the ground and we sailed over town, the festival, and the productive farm lands all around. People waved and children ran along our path. A camel and some cows were frightened and one group ran...

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Nov 16, 2013 - camel festival

During the drive to Pushkar we came upon a convention of holy men who were gathered under an awning having a free lunch. Their lined faces and unkempt hair would have made amazing photos, but when we stopped for a visit, they were happy to have us stay and would have shared their lunch, but on the photo question, the answer stayed an emphatic “no,” even when Krishan tried his charming best. They passed a pipe around and the smell of marijuana gave us a contact high. We moved on. Pushkar is a small town by Indian standards, except during the...

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Nov 11, 2013 - Camel Beauty Pageant

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter on Rajasthan has to say about the Pushkar Camel Fair: “Each year around 200,000 people converge here bringing with them some 50,000 camels, horses, and cattle. The place becomes an extraordinary swirl of colour, sound and movement, thronging with musicians, mystics, traders, animals, devotees, and camera crews. Trading begins a week before the official fair (a good time to arrive to see the serious business), but by the time the mela (fair) starts, business takes a...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Pushkar Evening Mela

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter on Rajasthan has to say about Pushkar: “Pushkar has a magnetism all its own, and is quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. It’s a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town and devout Hindus should visit at least once in their lifetime. The town curls around a holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It also has one of the world’s few Brahma temples. There are 52 bathing ghats and 400 milk-blue temples, the town often hums with pujas (prayers)...

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Nov 9, 2013 - Pushkar to Delhi

Pushkar - Delhi We heard some loud noises during the night - sounded like explosions. Nothing else happened so no danger. They proved to be fire crackers set off at the temple. Also, from early morning on we heard chanting and drumming. It is a holy time here. The legend tells the story that Lord Brahma performed sacrement here for 60,000 years to have a sight of Lord Vishnu and Pushkar means Blue Lotus Flower in Sanskrit. During the festival lots of holy ceremonies are performed. Lots and lots of pilgrims come here to worship at the...

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Nov 9, 2013 - Pushkar Camel Fair

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter on Rajasthan has to say about Pushkar: “Come the month of Kartika, the eight lunar month of the Hindu calendar and one of the holiest, Thar camel drivers spruce up their ships of the desert and start the long walk to Pushkar in time for the Kartik Purnima (Full Moon). Each year around 200,000 people converge here bringing with them some 50,000 camels, horses, and cattle. The place becomes an extraordinary swirl of colour, sound and movement, thronging with musicians,...

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Nov 9, 2013 - Camp Bliss

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s what is written on the Camp Bliss website about the accommodations at the Pushkar Camel Fair: THE CAMP Camp Bliss offers luxury tents in a peaceful gooseberry orchard, a short walk from the mela ground but away from the ‘tent cities’, which accommodate the majority of visitors. The camp is small and exclusive (no more than 15 tents) and offers a high standard of accommodation with genuine hospitality. Our own staff run Camp Bliss and their dedication to providing a warm welcome, excellent service and a friendly...

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Nov 8, 2013 - Udaipur to Pushkar

Udaipur - Pushkar Happy Birthday Cindy! Wishing you many more with family and friends! Have a wonderful day! Up before the crack of dawn - 3:30am we woke up; got up, took a nice warm shower, got dressed and packed. We went downstairs to the lobby so Brian could check our email and text with Laura. It was still November 7 in Canada. Laura and Matt were taking Julie (Laura's mom) out for her birthday dinner. At 5am we got into tuk tuks to go to the train station. Eke and Pat's tuk tuk was last in the row and had trouble on the way there. That...

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