February 26th, 2010 – by: Sads79
The Brahma temple
It was a bit of a mission to get from Gwalior to Pushkar in one day. The train wasn't really an option as there weren't tickets available all the way, so I took it as far as I could to Agra. That meant getting the 4.50am departure (INR 132), which was on time and I managed to grab another hours sleep onboard. We turned up in Agra just after 7am and I stumbled upon the private bus stand just outside the station. Luckily there was a bus to Jaipur at 7.45 (INR 130/£1.70/$3), so I grabbed a chai and then got onboard. It was a drawn out journey, but we arrived into hot, bustling Jaipur at about 2pm.
I still didn't really know how I was going to get any further, but asked around and after fobbing off some private bus touts who were trying to get me on a 5pm bus, I found the state bus terminal and got a bus half hour later bound for Ajmer (INR 80). All seemed to be working out ok in the end, and sometimes that's the way when you travel. It took about two-and-half hours and we pulled into Ajmer at about 5.30pm. Just one final leg left, a public bus to Pushkar (INR 10), which crawled up and around Snake Mountain. It was long day of travelling, so I wasn't best pleased to find that i had to walk 20 minutes with my backpack through the narrow streets to find Hotel Everest, which I'd reserved (INR 350/night). However, the owners welcomed me and showed me to my room which had a nice, soft bed - just what I needed! I was just in time to get up to the rooftop terrace and catch the fantastic sunset - I've barely had a cloud in the sky the whole time I've been in India and this was yet another magical end to a day.
The rather dried up holy lake
Dinner at the wonderful Seventh Heaven capped the day and I met a German, also called Phil at the hotel for a chat. And finally sleep!
Beautiful sunset over Pushkar
Pushkar is full of three things - Israelis smoking hash, hippies with braided hair, and cows crapping everywhere. It still slightly bemuses me how cows seem to have free reign to do anything in this country. I understand they are a sacred animal to Hindus, but when you seem them aimlessly wandering through the street obstructing everyone and then depositing a pile of stinking effluent on the path, you do have to wonder! It does have a nice vibe about it, however, and its difficult not to relax here. The markets are great for buying gifts and souvenirs, even if the dried up lake doesn't look quite as enchanting as maybe it would do if it were full.
I can see why some people stay here ages, and on the contrary, why some people think its overrated. I was happy to take my time. I got my bag repaired by Gopbal the trusty tailor and Phil and I took in a traditional dance show in the town. All very nice.
Amazing firebreathing at the show!
Then it was left to prepare myself for another overnight bus journey. Didn't I tell myself I'd never do another??! Mmm. How soon I forgot, as Phil and I booked ourselves on the sleeper to Jaisalmer (INR 350).....here we go again!
Pushkar Hotels & Accommodations review
A friendly welcome greeted me at this hotel, although there was a strange Jekel-and-Hyde smile and scowl thing going on from all the family which was … read entire review