Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
Trip End Sep 26, 2010

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Left Udaipur and took the train to Pushkar. It took about 6 hours but I upgraded to A/C class, so it was a fairly easy journey. It was nice just traveling on the train, watching the desert roll by. It was peaceful and the 6 hours went by quickly.

When we arrived in Pushkar we settled into Hotel Kishan Palace, a really good place. It had lots of beautiful plants and vines on the inner courtyard and rooms with good character. We had some good eats on the rooftop restaurant. After this we took a walk through town. Pushkar is a small, hippie town. We saw a few other travellers, all of the hippie sort, dread locked hair, colorful baggy trousers. Lots of shops with cheap deals to be had everywhere. It is a town with only one main road so we followed the road all the way to the end of town to see the temple at the far end. I managed to pick up a nice pair of baggy trousers as well, as I felt I needed a good pair of travelling pants/pajamas. After that we stopped for a pizza dinner, then back to the hotel for a Bollywood movie.

Today was a lazy one. I woke up late and read for a while, wandered up and got some brunch at the restaurant, then decided I would take a lazy walk through town again at 5:30 or so. But as the afternoon wore on, clouds started rolling in, menacing dark clouds. And then the lightning started. Lightning like I had never seen before. It never came down through the clouds, just lit them up from above, and it was every 5 seconds or so. Very surreal and interesting to just sit and watch. It rained very softly on and off all afternoon, the first rain in India since last October. So I decided to try my luck heading into town, but the further I walked away from the hotel, the more I didn't like the look of the clouds and how dark they were so I turned around and started back. Good thing I did because just as I was a few metres away the skies decided to open up and it POURED. So that was pretty much it for the night, the rest of it has been spent staring up at the rain and sky through the open courtyard, avoiding the torrents of water running through the corridors of the <open air> hotel, eating, joking with the hotel staff about everything and anything, and just generally being confined to the hotel. It was good though because it brought everyone here much happiness, since rain is so essential to life here, not too mention it cooled the air down which was a nice break, and it smelled delicious and reminded me of home!

Tomorrow I'm on the move again, Jaipur awaits.

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