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India: Pushkar

Brief stopover in the tiny, hippy-ish Rajasthani oasis

sunny 34 °C
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Another couple of hot sweaty buses to Pushkar, but arrived at our magical hotel, Kishan Place.
Would recommend to anyone going to Pushkar! It's full of charming character and has a super cool set of lounge areas on the roof, with restaurant attached.

Pushkar is nice and is known for having the only temple dedicated to Brahma.
There is a real travellers vibe to the place and a lot of western hippies (in the faux Indian gear that no Indian would ever wear) were floating around the market area smoking charras. A friend who had been here before said you could get hash infused lassi's(!). Though I tend to avoid those kinds of novelty drinks after a nightmare in Amsterdam, and besides, Delhi belly had truly kicked in!

There were also a lot of hustlers here, everywhere - both Indian and travellers!
We were forewarned however.
The most notable scam is when smiling men try to put flowers in your hand, if you let them, they take it as licence to a bring you into a "prayer" ceremony for your dearly departed loved ones, in return for an enormous gratuity/donation/whatever.... we saw plenty of people getting extorted.

The lake in Puskar is said to have been created by a leaf that Brahma dropped at the site.
It is beautiful, but we had to stand at a bit of a distance, as hustlers posing as priests (no real ones around) were leading gullible tourists to the water for some kind of dodgy fake ritual, then fleecing said tourist for a "donation".
One hustler spied us looking on, and came over to accuse Tom of "telling false things to people" (i.e. warning tourists of the scam).
We managed to calm the man down, but also made a point - everyone has the right to be in a public space without persecution or being hustled.

Aside from scams, Pushkar was pretty cool and a probably a good place to meet other travellers.


Posted by SkinnyFists 09:07 Archived in India Tagged pushkar india_hippies

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