02.10.2007 - 02.10.2007 35 °C
10 hours later and we've slept off those "special" lassis, so it's time to venture into town and see the sights by day.
Like Udaipur, Pushkar is a photographer's heaven, and the blue skies, green waters of the lake and whitewashed buildings make for some stunning shots (see below).
These shots were taken from the ghats, or bathing areas, by the edge of the lake. We almost bypassed them totally as the touts who guarded this area were particularly aggressive, with Dean and their ringleader almost coming to fisticuffs! However, they dragged us in and we were well rewarded. We were both taken to the water's edge by our own personal guru, made to sit and recite a special mantra, and upon completion, throw a mixture of flower petals and spices into the lake. Our foreheads were daubed and a special string bracelet wrapped around our wrists, both of which seemed to give us special unlimited access to all the ghats - sort of like a Hindi nightclub stamp, I guess! It was all quite atmospheric until the spell was shattered by the guru asking for a donation that would grant us special favour with the Gods - I was informed that "$US100 is a quite typical donation". I settled for 100 rupees, and after some grumbling by the guru, we were on our way.
The Brahma temple was another highlight, being a brilliant shade of orange (see below).
It was a mad rush back to the hotel (we got lost on the way) but we were soon station-bound and boarded the Ajmer-Jaipur express in Ajmer.
2 hours later and we arrive at Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. After freshening up we decide to hit the town for a bite to eat and drink, but because it's a public holiday it's a "dry-day", or alcohol free day. It looks like we won't be partying hard tonight! The ban doesn't seem to stop some people, however. After deciding upon a hotel on MI Road (the main thoroughfare) we notice a couple of locals drive up to the front door and, while still in the car, pull a bottle of scotch from a mini-bar fridge and pour (and scull) two very stiff drinks. Bleary-eyed, they stumble into the restaurant and take their places. Some people really know how to party!
We crash early. Tomorrow we attack Jaipur!
I'm travelling with Dean, who also has a blog...