Sunday, February 26, 2017

A walk in Pushkar

After lunch and a long nap, Happy took us for a walk into Pushkar about 4:30 pm.

Our hotel is a bit outside the town on the eastern side. Note the lake or pond in the middle.

Pushkar is surrounded by mountains.

We strolled into town. It was a little cooler later in the day. Note how we kept to the left-hand side of the road. That is the practice in India even though the traffic is also on the left hand side.

I think there was a pig with the cows.

A temple. Pushkar is one of the most holy towns in India for Hindus.

A large group of cows. This is quite unusual to see them all together like this. Generally the maximum number you see together is three.

Entrance to another temple. We were only allowed to go a restricted distance under the arch.

More carving on the temple.

The door.

We continued strolling further into the center.

Colours for painting yourself.

Basically this is fried condensed milk covered with sugar syrup. You can feel it doing your body bad, really bad. I only had a little portion and that was enough. However it was freshly made and quite hot.

Decorated rickshaw.

I was talking to Peter this morning and we agreed that the market streets are all starting to look the same now with the same stuff for sale.

This pond was supposedly created by Shiva's tears on the death of his wife. Pushkar is one of the five most sacred places in India for Hindus.

We were allowed to take off our shoes and descend to one of the 52 ghats that surround the pond. Apparently Gandhi's ashes were thrown into the pond.

I asked Jiang to pose for this photo with her Ipad since she uses it all the time to take photos. She and her daughter Nan are the best prepared and energetic tourists I have ever met. They know precisely what they want to see and they get out and see it. From what I have seen so far, Jiang takes very good photos.

The entrance to the ghat where you leave your shoes.

Pushkar is also famous for its camel fair but that was at a different time of year.

I was intrigued by the green cupolas.

For your amusement.

While about half of the group stayed to do more shopping, the rest of us continued back to the hotel past the temple. It had been a long day.

We had dinner at the hotel and I think all of us were in bed early. It had been a long tiring day.

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