Lakes, ceremonies, temples and red smudges...
07.11.2012 - 07.11.2012
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Another early start, followed by a train ride away from the beautiful Udaipur. But on to Pushkar! Exciting! We arrived at our hotel at one o'clock and had a huge lunch before trying to update the blog (internet here is slow and unreliable and not helped by the random and frequent power cuts!).
Then out into the town for a wander around. This place is a strange mix of spiritual people and foreign hippies! We like it! We learnt that Pushkar in one of the two most important spiritual places in India and many people undertake epic pilgramages to get here. We made it down to the lake (apparently created from the tears that Lord Brahama wept when one of his wives died) in time for sunset. There we took part in a ceremony that had us chanting and throwing things into the water. We all left with an attractive red smudge on our foreheads. But families, you should know that taking part in the ceremony not only fixed our bad karma and gave us good luck and the prospect of a good and happy life, but it also worked for you too - good deal, eh?!
After a wander around the shops (which turned into more of a scouting trip for where we will be spending our money tomorrow!) we went to a temple devoted to Lord Brahama, one of a very few in existence. We dutifully went in, rang on a bell, wandered around and then left again. Back at the hotel now, waiting for our set dinner time. In store for tonight - dinner, a Bollywood movie and then an early night in preparation for our 5am hike tomorrow morning!