Puja in Pushkar - a pretty, peculiar place
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Pushkar is a sacred Hindu town. It's not big, it's surrounded by low hills, and the centrepiece is the small lake, created according to Hindu tradition when Lord Brahma dropped a lotus flower. All round the lake are bathing ghats, 52 in all, originally one for each of the Rajasthan maharajahs. The ashes of Gandhi and Nehru were scattered in the water from Gau Ghat. It's a major pilgrimage town, with many hindus heading to the lake or to the Brahma Temple, one of the very few with this dedication, or to one of the other 499 temples. As a sacred town, it's strictly veggie - no eggs even, though you can get milk products - and there's no alcohol and no drugs. This is made clear in lots of notices around the town. Despite that, it's a major tourist town, too, as it's pretty, it's interesting, it's laid-back and it's great for people watching.
So, like so many places in India, it's a town of contradictions and conundrums. But like so much of India, it's just amazing, too. We're staying on for a few days.
Oh - it's a very popular destination for Israeli youngsters. This is the only place we've been where we've used a computer keyboard where the letters were also marked out in Hebrew.
And while writing this in the rooftop restaurant of our rather upmarket hotel, we've just noticed pots of basil on one side of the terrace. And a marijuana plant on the other (a pot of pot??)