Another lesson learnt

Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
Trip End Sep 20, 2012

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Who would have thought that only two hours away from all the hustle and bustle of Jaipur there could be such a quiet, little town like Pushkar? Here you can even find tourists braving the streets, which seem to cater much more for them. There are many souvenir shops and the locals certainly seem to be much more friendly.

Jack and I, on a walk through the town, were given some flower petals to throw into the sacred lake for good luck for us and our families. Initially we were skeptical. However, after the man left us in peace and with directions towards the sacred lake we thought otherwise. So we innocently made our way towards the lake full with good intentions. There we were greeted by a Hindu priest and his helper. We were then separated in order to carry out the spiritual ritual, which involved a chant and the throwing of petals, rice and sugar into the lake. The further into the ritual we got, the more apparent it became that this was not for free and a donation was expected. Fine... this has happened to us before, we could spare some cash: "I can give 100 Rupees". Nooo, that wasn't not good enough. Apparently the usual donation from a German was at least €5 for each family member! In the end Jack and I "donated" a total of €16 (1100 Rupees).

So because we didn't want to offend we carried on with a spiritual ritual where we expected to part with some cash. After the priest and his helper became agressive towards us because of the money we were happy to donate, we then "donated" more money than we were comfortable with to avoid confrontation. A lesson learnt: don't be scared to offend.

Otherwise Pushkar was a nice place to chill out in.

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