Pushkar Lake

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  • Day9


    November 27, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    In the morning we set off for Pushkar which is a smaller, quieter town centered around a lake where devout Hindus pilgrimage towards due to the abundance of temples, 300. The lake is considered the most sacred lake in Hindu mythology and many Hindus come to wash in the holy water particularly during the month of Kartika, Oct - Nov. Pushkar is also one of five places in the world that has a Brahma Temple.

    Along the way we asked Ajay to stop and help is get fruit fo breakfast to which he happily did. When asking how much the fruit should be he said he will come with us. Just as Will was about to get out he said "oh no you should stay in the car otherwise he will see you are white and make you pay a lot!". I'm loving having Ajay here. Although overall we probably wish we hadn't booked the car Ajay is really understanding with our very low budget.

    When we arrived Ajay said he has us accomodation for cheap and it was in the end very nice and a good location but at first I must admit I did feel pressured staying where he wanted us to stay, which was technically not part of the agreement. This begun to set me off in my down hill thoughts again. I've realised the main reason I don't like having a driver (although I would recommend Ajay to anyone who requires him), is that I feel a bit trapped and compelled to agree and say yes to what they want even if it means I compromise my needs.

    Once checked in we wandered around the lake and I broke. Will was saying hello to everyone under the sun and doing all the 101 Things Not To Do in India. He suddenly had a big crowd around him of people of all ages. Let's face it he's white and therefore rare in India, but he's also just seen as a dollar sign and even more when they find out he is British! I must admit I walked away and sat down by the lake as I couldn't stand it anymore as I knew exactly what all the people wanted, but he just kept thinking everyone was being nice. Some of the kids got bored with Will and then came to sit with me. Again with only one need, money money money money. With me they weren't as subtle and I got quite angry inside. In the end I grabbed Will and we just walked away from the crowd.

    This is when I broke down. I've not mentioned it yet but I've been struggling. Being in India is making me really homesick and really miss my dad. When things go wrong I just keep thinking, "if dad was here I'd be safe and fine". It's a horrible thought but if I wasn't here with Will I would probably be ignored and left alone because I look Indian. But I'm not, so I just have to get stronger and educate Will more from this craziness. We were both now super low, upset and felt trapped. Again we still had barely any breakfast or lunch so we decided to go for a shake at Sonu Shake Shop where I had a Banana, date and coconut shake and Will had a pineapple, lemon and lime juice. Then we had lunch at Ganga Falafel which I read about in a blog, where we met a mother and daughter and they made us feel 1000 times better. They said we got an amazing deal for our car and should be proud of our haggling, that we need to be more blunt on exactly where we want to go and see and they really made us feel more empowered. Phew, I think we just needed some outside perspective.

    It was now late in the afternoon and so we went to see the Brahma temple which was really nice and peaceful and then we went to the lake to watch the little sunset there was and listened to to the temples playing music. For dinner we had our first try at Indian Street food, including Bhel Puri, potato balls with chana dhaal and puri with dhaal. For dessert we even found Gulab Jamun and a cup of hot milk. Perfect end to a not so perfect day.

    It's time we forget about the money and feeling sorry for us and just enjoy it. We are so privelliged and it's sometimes easy to forget how fortunate we are to even be here never mind to have been able to book a driver for 2 weeks! Tomorrow is a new chapter.
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  • Day33


    January 6 in India ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India dating back to at least the 1st century. Pushkar is mentioned in the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas. According to legends, Lord Brahma, believed to be the creator of the Universe dropped a lotus to the ground leading to the miraculous creation of a lake. He then decided to name the place after the flower, and thus the name, Pushkar, or lotus. The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation.

    Our experience so far has been a bit different. While still a beautiful place, the lotus flower no longer grows in the sacred lake. Also, I made the mistake of accepting a flower from a guy outside of an ATM near the bathing steps. Next thing we knew we were being invited to a 'special sunset blessing'. Nancy and Augie just followed along thinking that I knew what I was doing. So, we descended the steps to the lake where three 'priests' split us up and seated us next to separate pools. They then commenced by asking us to repeat a mantra requesting prosperity for all of our family and dropping the flowers into the lake. About four fifths of the way through my guy started to mention donation amounts that would ensure that the blessing would take effect. "$100, $200, $500 whatever you feel is appropriate." Selling indulgences to fulfill a prosperity gospel. Effing great. Just up my alley as a 'failed priest'. I told the guy I make my donations elsewhere and handed him a 500 rupee note for his trouble saying this would cover it for our whole family, Nancy and Augie included. Package deal. Meanwhile, Nancy and Augie were being strong-armed for separate donations. I mean literally. There were guys grabbing at us as we made our way up the steps. One guy even told Augie that he'd call the police if he didn't fork over the voluntary donation. No wonder early Buddhism didn't thrive here if prosperity is the central message, must have freaked them out.

    This morning we've been seeking a bit more peaceful scene here in Pushkar. Wandering the colorful streets of this ancient market town and sitting in a café overlooking the lake. Fulfillment found.
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  • Day17

    Pushkar, vegetarisch per Gesetz

    January 9 in India ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Das Städtchen Pushkar wäre mit seinen ca 25.000 Einwohnern bei einer Indien Rundreise kaum der Rede wert, gäbe es da nicht etwas ganz Besonderes. Mitten in der Stadt liegt ein kleiner heiliger See, an den sich Pilger aus ganz Indien reinwaschen. Der ganze See ist vollständig mit Badestellen eingefasst (42 Ghats), die nur ohne Schuhe betreten werden dürfen. Jeden Morgen und besonders Abends finden am See reöigöse Zeremonien mit Feuer, Rauch und Musik statt. Am See trifft Man besonders viele Brahmanen oder solche, die sich dafür Ausgeben. Fake-Brahnanen zeichnen sich dadurch aus, dass sie für ihre penetrant aufgedrängten Segnungen utopisch hohe Spenden erwarten. Und weil der Ort so heilig ist darf in der ganzen Stadt nur vegetarische gegessen werden. Die Heilichkeit dieses Ortes nimmt aber bereits nach ca. 30 Meter Entfernung vom Seeufer stark ab und hunderte von Shops bieten "garantiert" echte Waren in Handarbeit oder aus Seide feil(made in Bangladesch aus Viskose). Die Beschaulichkeit und saubere Luft dieses Ortes waren trotzdem eine schöne Erholung für uns. ( Tomek)

    Liczący 25 000 mieszkańców Pushkar, nie byłby w fokusie turystycznym, gdyby nie posiadał swojej specjalności, katapultującej go na drugie po Varanasi święte miejsce w Indiach. W środku miasteczka leży bowiem święte jezioro , w którym oczyszczają się pielgrzymi z całych Indii. Brzegi świętej wody umocnione są 42-ma gathami, które dostępne są tylko na boso. Codziennie rano i wieczorem odbywają się ceremonie z muzyką i ogniem. Naokoło jeziora spotyka się szczególnie wielu brahmanów, lub takich którzy się za nich podają. Fake- brahmani wyróżniają się tym, że penetrantnie próbują wyłudzić ciężkie pieniądze za swoje błogosławieństwa. Najlepiej na samym początku daj się poblogoslawić za max. 100 rupii i potem pokazywać bransoletkę że sznurków, którą przy tej okazji się dostaje, żeby mieć spokój od nagabywania. Z powodu świętości tego miejsca, w całym mieście jest nakaz odżywiania jarskiego i zakaz alkoholu. Przy czym łatwiej jest dostać w restauracji drinka niż mięso. 30 m od jeziora, w drugim rzędzie raptownie kończy się władza bogów, a zaczyna panowanie mamony, gdzie w ciasnych sklepikach handlarze próbują sprzedawać wiskozowe bluzki jako jedwabne. Ale mimo tego podobało nam się to miejsce i wreszcie mogliśmy pooddychać świerzszym powietrzem.
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  • Day8

    Visite de Pushkar / foire aux dromadaire

    October 31, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Ce matin, nous quittons l'hotel avec Mahin (notre guide) vers 9h30 pour visiter la ville et découvrir cette fameuse grande foire aux dromadaires.
    Je n'ai pas passé une très bonne nuit, les premiers désagréments digestifs de ce voyage sont apparus dès la fin de la journée (sans que l'on parvienne à en identifier la cause, puisque nous sommes plutôt prudents). Mais après la médication adéquate, je suis d'attaque ce matin !
    Notre allons à pied vers le centre (notre hotel est par chance - à cause du bruit pendant la foire - un peu excentré), quel plaisir de marcher un peu ! Nous passons devant un premier temple hindou, de construction plutôt fastueuse. A l'intérieur il n'y a aucun visage, aucune statue, aucune représentation d'un quelconque dieu, juste un livre saint. Notre guide nous explique que la religion hindoue avait à l'origine 10 maitres et que ceux-ci avaient décidé qu'à leur disparition, il n'y aurait aucun autre maitre, mais que les fidèles devraient suivre les enseignements dans le livre. Nous ne sommes pas autorisés à pénétrer dans ce temple, comme dans la majorité des temples de la ville. Le seul que nous puissions visiter est le Brahma Temple (l'unique dans le monde dédié à ce Dieu), où nous irons demain.
    Nous continuons vers le centre et c'est une foule bruyante, dense, remuante et colorée que nous découvrons. Les étroites rues de Pushkar sont pleines à craquer de camelots essayants de refourguer toutes sortes de marchandises : vêtements, bijoux, sacs, nourriture, ustensiles de cuisine, couvertures, décorations pour les animaux, tableaux, ou encore offrandes pour les différentes cérémonies...aujourd'hui en particulier il y a beaucoup de monde car on célèbre le réveil d'un dieu, car nous sommes à quelques jours de la pleine lune. Partout la ferveur (le mot est faible) religieuse est palpable, omniprésente.
    Nous, nous essayons péniblement de nous frayer un chemin parmi cette foule qui nous bouscule, nous entraîne, nous sépare parfois. Par chance, notre guide n'a pas le physique typiquement indien et dépasse tout le monde d'une bonne tête, ça facilite le repérage !
    Nous parvenons enfin à l'endroit proprement dit où les nomades du désert du Thar et les paysans locaux viennent acheter et vendre des dromadaires. De grandes tentes sont installées pour manger, négocier, dormir.
    Cependant, cette année, il y a beaucoup moins de bêtes que les années précédentes, notre guide est un peu étonné. Il n'y a surtout pas de chevaux, contrairement à d'habitude, le gouvernement en a interdit l'accès car beaucoup souffriraient de maladies.
    De nombreux touristes font des tours de dromadaires. Une fête foraine est présente aussi.
    Au-delà de cette foire aux dromadaires, la ville de Pushkar est la plus sainte des cités du Rajasthan pour les hindous. Son lac est le plus sacré de toute l'Inde, et un bain de purification dans ses eaux est considéré comme particulièrement bénéfique à certaines dates, notamment la pleine lune d'octobre-novembre, qui a lieu en ce moment. C'est ainsi que l'on peut observer toute la journée des milliers d'hindous se livrer au bain rituel : debout, le fidèle puise de l'eau dans sa main et la verse en énonçant : "je prends ce bain pour me laver de mes pêchés de corps, d'esprit, de parole et de contact". Il plonge ensuite 2 fois sous la surface, puis s'asperge la tête d'eau en priant pour avoir la force de se maintenir en état de pureté. Puis il récite jusqu'à 108 fois certains mantras. Il n'est pas question ici de nager. D'ailleurs c'est interdit, comme beaucoup d'autres choses : au bord des ghats, il faut se déchausser, et il n'est pas autorisé de prendre des photos des fidèles.
    Nous déjeunons dans un restaurant au bord du lac, où nous retournerons le soir au coucher du soleil pour profiter encore du spectacle des bains rituels et déguster des lassis (boisson lactée salée ou sucrée) à la banane et à la mangue.
    Le soir, l'effervescence est un peu retombée et il est plus facile de faire quelques achats (notamment un livre en français, nous n'en avions pas pris assez !)
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  • Day67

    Holy city of Pushkar

    July 25, 2018 in India ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    It seems like there are many holy cities and places in India and today we headed to one of them, the holy city of Pushkar. Pushkar has a holy lake which sees Hindu pilgrims visit and bath in the holy waters. It's also well frequented by foreign tourists, so lots of restaurants selling non spicy food which widened Lila's eating repertoire:) We visited a brahma temple (said to be the only one in India or the world), got scammed with a blessing at the lake (common tourist trap apparently) and the most exciting part was Lila spent 1 morning at school. She was so excited she went to sleep early the night before and then woke up saying she was going to school. We dropped her off with some lunch and water and she was whisked away by a lovely sari wearing teacher. When we picked her up she was most excited about getting some chocolate for someone's birthday, so school in Pushkar was good according to Lila.Read more

  • Day48

    Pushkar, Rajasthan

    July 24, 2015 in India ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Just checked in at Pushkar after my 5 hour train and 30 min bus ride from Udaipur. Two Turkish friends from last night coincidentally took the same train from Udaipur and split the costs of subsequent transportation with me. They ended up booking a room in the same hostel as me and we spent the evening talking about this and that over whiskey and food. Looking forward to seeing the city during the daytime.

    Edit (8 hours later): photo from rooftop cafe and ghats at their famous holy lake.
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  • Day187

    Pushkar, India

    November 16, 2017 in India

    After a few near-death experiences on a crazy local bus, we safely arrived in the hippie-haven of Pushkar. The city has less traffic than our previous destinations with only one main road lined with shops. The old city and temples surround a small lake where people bathe in its holy waters. We spent most of our time in Pushkar relaxing at a beautiful rooftop cafe by the lake. We enjoyed watching a family of monkeys jump between houses, people worshiping the not so pristine lake, and the colorful sunsets. Andreas and I feel recharged and ready for our next adventure.Read more

  • Day42


    June 13, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌙 32 °C

    Pushkar ist wieder eine Pilgerstädte für Hindus, aber da es hier extrem heiß ist, aktuell nicht ganz so überfüllt wie Rishikesh (oder es macht mir weniger aus 🤔). Es gibt den einzigen aktiven Tempel für Lord Brahma und einmal im Jahr eine riesen Kamelmesse, ansonsten aber sicher kein Ort, an dem ich lange bleiben muss. Den Tempel find ich ehrlich gesagt auch nicht so beeindruckend, aber ist halt Teil der Tour 🤷‍♀️Read more

  • Day30

    Pushkar e Ajmer

    February 28, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Pushkar è piena di simil hippy e di simil o veri negoziante giovani che comprano centinaia di ' gioielli' che rivenderanno in Europa a prezzi 10 o 30 volte di piú. Poi ci sono anche i ghat (little varanasi).
    Ajmer è invece musulmana, altra storie, là l aria é più cupa, anche se c'è un tempio frequentato da hindu e musulmaniRead more

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