Spiritual India

Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 08, 2012

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The Sacred Lake

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Yesterday we arrived in Pushkar. We are still in Rajastan (the state of Kings). We had quite a long bus journey to get here and arrived at our hotel about lunchtime. Our room is not as nice as the one in Jaipur. Some of the group think their rooms are like prison cells but I don't think it is quite that bad. The food from the restaurant, however, is that bad. Everything tastes like it has been boiled in perfume. Even my coke has some how taken on the same taste. Probably the worst food yet.

We went down to the Pushkar lake to get what is called a "Pushkar passport". To get one you have to do a small ritual and get blessed by one of the Hindu priests down by the lake, and of course give a donation. The priest then ties a red piece of string around your wrist. Without this Ruby told us that people living in the town would give us a hard time. Some tourists get scammed into giving donations of over 5000INR but thankfully we got away with 101. You are supposed to give an odd amount, but I can't remember why.

I felt very calm and serene after the little blessing. We took some really nice pictures at sunset and watched the ceremony that the priests perform every morning and night to open and close the sacred lake. As Ruby said, we were experiencing spiritual India that day. It was a nice change but as no meat, fish, eggs or alcohol is allowed here, I wouldn't want to stay too long! As it happened my vegetarian lasagne that night from the Sunset Cafe was really nice though.

I spent my free day in Pushkar by, firstly having breakfast with the group at the Kishan palace, just up the road from our hotel. Ruby had organised a hike up what she described as a very steep hill so I grabbed my walking boots and off I went.....yeah right!! No, unfortunately I don't have any walking boots yet (shame) so I left the braver people in our group to it. Oddly enough, a lot of people had decided against it overnight and had not even got up for breakfast. I headed back to the hotel, caught up on my blog and uploaded some pictures to facebook. Katharine and I then went into the town for a bit and before I knew it, it was time to meet the others for dinner and another Bollywood movie whilst we ate. This movie was called Fearless and it put the Twilight Saga to shame for cheesiness! LOVE BOLLYWOOD MOVIES!!!
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