12/11/2011 - 13/11/2011 28 °C
The gentle introduction to India is over…for the first few days we had no idea why everyone always said that India was such hard work. We are now beginning to realise. The constant pressure for money is tiring, the poverty is heartbreaking and the dirt, pollution and awful stench on every corner starts to get to you (well me at least!). Having said all that India really is an enchanting place, the people are so friendly and the sights are so diverse – from peaceful mountain and lake views dotted with magical palaces to streets lined with food waste, rubble and cow pat!
We arrived in Pushkar after a 6-hour drive with Vinod (including a stop at yet another temple and a beautiful park). The centre of Pushkar is closed to cars so we were left to set off with our backpacks (unfortunately Lach wasn’t playing porter today) to find our hotel…after a 40 minute walk dodging numerous cows, cow pats and motorbikes we finally find it. It definitely wasn’t worth the walk – the most basic of our rooms so far!
We didn’t much like Pushkar, I am not sure if it was just because we were tired and had a bad start but it seemed more run down than Delhi and Udaipur. Also, it is alcohol free and we were both in need of a cold beer by this point!
The following morning we were getting ready to leave when suddenly our room was filled with darkness. A power cut (Pushkar only gets a few hours of electricity per day) in our windowless room….pitch black. It was definitely time to leave Pushkar.