Pushkar Travel Blog› entry 11 of 58 › view all entries
After the Rat Temple we drove to Pushkar, home of one of Indiaâ€™s sacred lakes and known for itâ€™s annual Camel Fare which brings in throngs of tourists and camel traders and sounds quite chaotic and colorful (itâ€™s in November so we wonâ€™t be seeing it this time..) it was a hot, dusty day (not that it seems to bother the guys in the red Rajasthani hats) and we wandered down the narrow market alleyways, eventually making it to the far side of the lake, overlooking the famous bathing Ghats. They looked somewhat similar to how I remember the ones in
We popped into a small restaurant for a Veggie buffet lunch which was fairly boring but edible - the pic of the restaurant is included just so you can get an idea of what basic restaurants are like here.
After lunch we wandered around the alleys and the main bazaar street, everyone selling lots of Rajasthani textiles, knick-knacks and abundant quantities of chillums and pipes (not the kind used for smoking tobacco). The town has an obvious "over-touristed" air about it with pushy shop vendors, lots of restaurants and shops claiming "Recommended by Lonely Planet!!!" many with signs in Hebrew, Korean and Japanese and plenty of disaffected, twenty-something, pierced, tattooed and dread-locked "hippies" hanging out. Not our cup of tea so we are glad we decided to rally on to Jaipur.
When we got back to the car, Nandu was somewhat surprised having expected us to be gone longer like usual. We told him that we werenâ€™t so thrilled with Pushkar and he mentioned something about previously having customers who were "young tourists from