We took another jeep ride through surprisingly lush and green countryside to arrive in Pushkar, a very religious city which receives scores of Hindu pilgrims to bathe in the central lake and make offerings to Lord Brahma, god of creation. We passed many busloads of pilgrims and on entering the city we were flagged down by young men waving flags from different temples who were offering beds and food for any tired travellers. We had an afternoon tour of town which is known for its markets and once a year holds a camel fair where the town becomes full of world tourists and festivities last for a week.
In the evening we were taken on a camel trek in to the desert and for the special occasion were given traditional clothes to wear. For the ladies this is fine as Indian fashion seems to concentrate on female clothing, they dressed in a rainbow of beautiful colourful saris. The guys on the other hand were given pastel colour pyjama suits and a turban, mine is Orange, in my time in India I have not once seen a man in an outfit such as this! The trek on the camels first took us through a busy part of town where we actually stopped traffic. It took nearly two hours to get to our dinner location, being in Rajasthan just after the rainy season the golden sand dunes we had been expecting are now covered in grass and under the setting sun, goats and deer were eating anything green. Our camel drivers became our cooks and entertainment for the evening, whilst dinner was being prepared on bonfires we watched a magic show and fire dancers by the moonlight.
Pushkar is surrounded by hills and at 4am we were woken to climb one of them in time for sunrise, the scene from the temple on top was beautiful. The afternoon was our own so souvenir shopping in the markets was how we spent it and by night we dined beside the lake and watched as people bathed, prayed and made offerings to Lord Brahma. An elderly man wearing a multicolour turban stooped beside a tree that had various statues of religious ilk and played a sitar style instrument for us, it was the most Indian scene imaginable.