Trip Start Sep 02, 2012
Trip End Oct 10, 2012

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Where I stayed
Hotel Kishan Palace Pushkar
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Had breakfast on the hotel rooftop - could easily get use to this, it's so tranquil.  After breakfast we all went for a stroll thru the markets.    Pushkar is a bit like a big village, there are no cars allowed after a certain point, only scooters and motorbikes, so you start to feel more relaxed.  The Traders aren't quite as insistent, there doesn't appear to be large scale poverty, and it's also pretty clean, in fact, there is a nice ambience to this place.  Doris has been scoring well in the shoe department, being as she has miniature feet she's managed to bag herself some good bargains.  One pair was $3 and the other $4, nice leather soles and all. 
 After lunch, the able bodied decided to visit a temple just outside of town perched on top of a hill.  Doris and I have declined, we are going to enjoy the view, read our books, then meet up with the others down by the lake after they finish their climb.  A couple of the girls are still in recovery mode after their Delhi Belly episodes - how lucky for them to have such a lovely place to chill out and get their strength back.  It's true to say that most people get some form of tummy upset when they visit India, but how come others are unaffected?  

  My top survivors on this trip so far would have to be in No1 spot Fred.  What's Fred's secret?  He says "Alcohol - get as much of it down ya as possible.  Beer, gin, Indian rum, whatever you fancy. " To tell you the truth says Fred, I'm a bit concerned that this is an alco free city, I haven't had a drink for 2 days - could be my undoing."   
  In 2nd posiion, I'd place Ewan.  Unfortunately Ewan couldn't speak with me just now, he was busy eating, but we did talk earlier when he confessed to being sponsored by Pizza Hut.  Ewan eats at least 2 pizzas a day, sometimes more, he also has a healthy dollop of Indian food on the side, and will sometimes top that off with one or two samosas.  We think he's feeding another person inside him, because there's more fat on a butchers knife then on young Ewan. 
 My third place goes to Doris.  She was poorly for only a day and a half, but nothing like the rest of us. What's her secret?  Doris says  "Lassi drinks, I love em, I think they're right nice."  What's your favourite flavour Doris?  "Owt, don't mind, I like em all."  "To tell you the truth says Doris, the Delhi Belly thing didn't bother me half as much as the mozzie bites in my lady garden." Thanks for being so candid Doris and sharing that with us. 
 So there you have it, our 3 top survivors and their tips.  Maybe you'll  find this info helpful if you are thinking of coming to India (or maybe not!).  
 Doris and I headed off to the market for some last minute retail therapy before meeting up with the climbers.  Pushkar has some lovely jewellery shops, if I had to recommend one, it would have to be the Silver Palace. 
 There appeared to have been a breakdown in communication regards meeting up with the climbers down by the lake. The sun went down and Doris and I waited in the dark for at least another 40 minutes before DJ turned up ALONE, and I must admit for a spilt second I had bad thoughts that someone had had an accident up the mountain, and I was desperately hoping it wasn't Fred.  However I had no need to worry on that score.  Fred told me later that having just read Bear Grylles's biography, he was inspired to take on the climb with gusto.  Hold on there Fred, we're not talking Everest here!  Anyway from all accounts Fred took on the challenge with relative ease and came in 2nd behind Mark who is at least 20yrs his junior  - Well done Fred! 
 We all enjoyed our last meal at Kishan Palace - the food has been wonderful and the hospitality has been amazing. Tomorrow we head for Jaipur.   

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Shaz on

Sounds like Doris might need a gardener to come in and do a little trimming and hedging :)

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