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a whirlwind tour...phase two: pushkar to jodhpur

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bari and i outside a temple in pushkar....

small towns are the way to go in india. you feel as if you are escaping a bit of the craziness and seeing and experiencing more. pushkar is a smaller town that does get quiet a bit of toursim, but still maintains its quaint feel. it is an extremely religious pilgrimage spot for hindus and is located on some sacred ghats where everyone comes to bathe. the main road in town is closed to cars and is just open to scooters and bikes, which cuts down a bit on the insanity.

walking the city it was amazing to see all these indians who had traveled here to pray at the temples and just be present in such a holy location. after walking through town a bit, we hiked up to a temple the following morning, to get a view of the city and take it all in.

walking down from the temple in pushkar....the cows are everywhere!
we ended up spending quiet a bit of time on top of that hill taking it all in and absorbing where we were and truly appreciating the beauty of it all.

after a bit we had to hop in the car and head off to our next location jodhpur. we expected it to be a 4 hour ride after a bit we began to question our driver and it turns out that he was mistaken and was taking us to udapur a good 5 hours out of our way. there was a bit of a mix up on what was written on his slip of paper and our pronunication didn't help either. (again a con of having a driver that understands just basic english). so we ended up turning around and catching a side roud to jodhpur....which proved to be quiet interesting. its moments like this that you remember the most, yes you are stuck in the car for another 6-7 hours, but you are also see parts on india that most foreigners don't.

view of jodhpur....
we traveled on this one lane back road to get to the main highway for about 4 hours. we passed through villages and smaller cities that truly opened your eyes to india. this was also the road that we encountered those on a pilgrimage to a temple 300 km away. there were hundreds of people just walking with flags and bags perched on their head. our driver explained they were walking to a temple 300km away, which would take them about 5 days. all along the way we saw rest stops where they would sit and eat, dance and sing. it was one of the most surreal expereinces to witness this trek and know that as we wizzed by them they would continue to walk, singing and seeming so content and happy.

we made it to jodhpur and were esctatic to be out of the car and settled for the night.

me and my palmist.....
jodhpur is called the blue city, beacuse most of the buildings are painted this beautiful blue and the view from the palace and fort is breathtaking. jodhpur is also a pretty big city so the insanity and chaos were back, which was lacking in pushkar. we got reorientated to it and dove in. the biggest thing to do is visit the fort and palace, which was a great expereince. they have an audio guide, which at first i was skeptical of, but was to my surprise was really good. there was so much history to learn about and i became absorbed. another interesting thing about the fort is they have this palmist that can read your future. i have always been skeptical of psychics, palmist and astrology, but i thought what the heck i might as well see what he has to say.
sunset over jodhpur...
i won't go into detail here, but it was the most disturbing and eye opening expereince. it was eerie how he was able to talk about my past as if he had known me and reveal certain traits i have which i try to keep hidden from the world. in talking about my future, i can only hope that some of things he says will come true. at the end, i think he realized how much he affected me and we started talking. ironically, he was in HR prior to retiring and doing his palm reading full time. he then tried to convince me to take up studying with him and becoming and apprentice....he said he was going to be in nyc in may and june. after that experience, the rest of jodhpur paled in comparison. for me its not only visitng these amazing places, but encountering amazing people that touch you in some way, only if you are with them for an hour.

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bari and i outside a temple in pus…
bari and i outside a temple in pu…
walking down from the temple in pu…
walking down from the temple in p…
view of jodhpur....
view of jodhpur....
me and my palmist.....
me and my palmist.....
sunset over jodhpur...
sunset over jodhpur...