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Pushkar -- a city around the lake

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Easily my favorite city in the world. Filled with soul. A thousand temples around the Lake of Pushkar. Most famous for the Camel Festival in Oct/Nov. It's a place you can take a respite in India and end up not wanting to leave...

Spiritual and relaxed. It's a place you can rest for a long long time. I wished I could stay. Its people are friendly and beautiful, not to mention their exotic dresses are a feast for the eye. "The Lake of Pushkar formed when Brahma touched the Earth with the petal of lotus..." I was told by a religious man who later became my friend. "'s a place of magic. When people come to Pushkar, their lives are forever changed..." I believe it. Just walk around the lake, granted that some temple don't allow foreigners to enter, not even people of lower caste... but the peace and simply joy make so many fall in love with the place.

Favourite spots:
Just hang around the lake. It's all good. The streets are full of shops which quite cater to the western-eastern fusion taste -- you can buy some beautiful clothes at phenomenally cheap prices.

What's really great:
Take a morning walk up to Savitri Temple -- enjoy the process, and the final view of the whole city...
Falling asleep with the chanting as backdrop and waking up to the chant... I was there during a seven-day religious festival...

Accomodations are plenty and at unbelievable prices. I stayed in a hotel with a swimming pool at a whopping $6/night. The prices, though, during the camel festival, can be quite high, in the hundreds' range.

Other recommendations:
Take a camel ride into the desert.
Eating a good meal in a pictureque restaurant.
Watching beautiful children playing in the ghat.
Admiring women in brilliant-colored flowing dresses along fields where camels plough.

Published on Wednesday June 8th, 2005

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Thu, Mar 09 2006 - 11:52 PM rating by eirekay

Your enthusiam is a Joy to read! Thanks - I am going here in a couple of months!

Tue, Jun 21 2005 - 03:46 PM rating by mistybleu


This is a nice report, I would love to visit this place, if you have any photos please post some.


Mon, Jun 13 2005 - 06:51 PM rating by magsalex

I saw a travel programme about this place. Certainly looks worth a visit.

Thu, Jun 09 2005 - 09:27 AM rating by rangutan

Sounds like a great place to visit, enjoy and relax...

Thu, Jun 09 2005 - 03:59 AM rating by gloriajames

good start but a few more details and pics would help to generate more ratings.

Thu, Jun 09 2005 - 01:08 AM rating by kandath

I enjoyed your report. Longer reports with fotos must earn you more points. All the best !
Kris Kandath

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