Hippy Heaven in Peaceful Pushkar

Trip Start Jan 29, 2003
Trip End Feb 01, 2004

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Friday, February 14, 2003

After waking early Wednesday morning, expecting to leave for Pushkar, we got a phone call in the room to say that our driver had been taken ill, and so we were stuck in Udaipur for another day. It wasn't so bad, the sun was shining, and so grabbed me book, and sat out on the hotel balcony for the rest of the morning sun-bathing and reading! About half 12, we headed into town where we got some parcels packaged up. Firstly they box it, (in my case a box that was much too small, then tape it up, then put some cheap linen around it and finally seal it with hot wax! This took about half an hour at a cost of only 35 Rupees. Looked in town for some After Sun to no avail. Which seems to be the case throughout India so far! Had lunch in small cafe in town which was showing the cricket - India vs Holland. Had some comfort food, namely pizza and chips, very authentic Indian cuisine, and also got offered some hash, to which we declined. Honest Mum! Then bought a TITAN watch for Amit our driver since his has broke, got it for Rs400. The rest of the day I spent in the hotel room taking advantage of the cable television, watching West Brom-Bolton match, then 3 films!!! One after another! Will be glad to leave Udaipur if only to avoid the Muslim prayer chanting at 6am!

Thursday 13th Feb:
After tipping a very grateful waiter, we made the 5 1/2 hour drive to Pushkar! Stopped along the way when Amit bumped into one of his driver friends (not literally fortunately) and we got talking to a Scottish couple, the girl was doing voluntary work in Calcutta! Rather her than me! I hadn't been in the car for a few days and it was quite a nice change to once again take in the village scenery throughout Rajasthan. The lorries, of which all look the same and seem to outnumber the cars by 3 to 1, bellow out thick black smoke which has made the pretend ivory beads on my necklace a dark shade of grey! I really should take a wash! (Still haven't washed my hair since Delhi)! I also got to thinking what to Indians do? You see more women working than men on the roadside, whilst a lot of the men are just sitting on the roadside in the most uncomfortable way possible. They are standing whilst almost sitting on the floor at the same time. I've tried it and its not easy! Another question, with India being such a dirty country, why are all the cars white? And what is the deal with priority at road crossings & roundabouts. It seems to be whoever gets there first and if you get there at the same time, its a simple game of Chicken! India is now reknowned for its growing rate of Sexual diseases, but is it any wonder when they advertise STD's for sale on the road-side?
We arrived at our hotel New Park around 3, and then went down to Pushkar lake. After being given a flower, a couple of Brahmas took us down to the lakeside where after insisting that they were not after money, but some lipstick and rice on our heads, and recited a prayer. (I know we called them Ghandi spots at school, though I am fairly sure this is not their proper term?) Anyway, he began reciting the prayer, to which I had to repeat everything he said: God Bless...Mother....Father.....Sister.....Brother....Long health.... etc etc etc. It was about 5 minutes long, and in the middle of it he said 200 Rupees, without flinching, and continuing the prayer. I obviously stopped and smirked at him. But then he tells me some people give 30 pounds towards the Brahmas! Yeah Righto! I jumped up quite sharpish, gave him 50 Rupees in exchange for a bit of string to wrap around my hand, then left. Watched the sun go down over Pushkar lake which I highly recommend, and then left to go back to Hotel. That night we met a few other travellers, (of which Pushkar is overloaded) within our hotel. A couple of girls from England, A couple from England, and a Dutch guy. Nice enough but not my sort of people!

Anyway back to Jaipur today, oh and happy Valentines Day one and all. I'm now off to the market to haggle over a necklace I quite liked!
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