The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Pushkar Lake

Indian Takes a Break

Pushkar Ghats

Cow Relaxes on the Ghats of Pushkar Lake

Sunset Over Pushkar


PUSHKAR, INDIA. From Jaipur, my original plan was to head to Jodhpur, known as the Blue City. After looking at a map, I noticed that Pushkar was on the way and about half way between Jaipur and Jodhpur. It's a small town and, thus, would hopefully provide for a more relaxing visit. Pushkar is famous for its annual camel fair, the largest of its kind in the world. It takes place in November. I'm four months late, but I prefer to avoid the crowds. India is crowded enough as it is. The town clusters around Pushkar Lake, with 52 bathing ghats surrounding the lake. There are numerous temples in and around the ghats. Pushkar did indeed provide a welcome respite from the larger cities. Although it's in the desert, the daytime temperatures were pleasant, about 30 degrees C (85 degrees F). At night, the air cooled down quite a bit caused in part by, according to an Indian I spoke with, snowy conditions north in Kashmir. There is less hassle here and the people, both tourists and locals, are more relaxed. It's also the first place in India I've been where you can actually walk everywhere.

I have been in Pushkar for the past few days, mostly resting and thinking of where to head to next. I finally found an internet café that has let me connect my laptop PC (In the US, laptop PCs are called notebook PCs, while everywhere else in the world calls them laptops). The upload speeds are painfully slow, but the download speeds are pretty good. The standard internet rate throughout India is Rs 20 ($0.45) and Rs 30 ($0.68) for a half hour and one hour, respectively. The posts from Singapore through Pushkar, India, are new. Hopefully, I will be able to update my travel journal more frequently.

India has been a challenging place to travel (see various posts for reasons). Lonely Planet warns that most travellers will develop a love/hate relationship with India. This is so true. I think it's even more challenging as a solo traveler. By and large, most of the travellers here are traveling in pairs, many of whom are couples. I usually have to pay for a double room, as many guest houses don't offer a single rate. Nevertheless, India has been a fascinating and remarkable place. I've seen and smelled things that I have never seen or smelled before. The food has been wonderful. For the most part, I've gone completely vegetarian, not by choice, but simply because all the restaurants and guesthouses are vegetarian (particularly here in the state of Rajasthan). However, I think the lack of protein has left me somewhat tired and exhausted. I'm sure it's a combination of things, so I've slowed my pace down quite a bit. Fortunately, I've managed to stay well in India. It's difficult considering the relatively low general overall health standards and lack of clean water (Travellers are strongly advised not to drink the tap water anywhere.).

My plan is to head west further into Rajasthan—Jodhpur then Jaisalmer.



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