Our last day in Pushkar, we were leaving at 7.00pm on a night sleeper bus to Agra. Unfortunately, Pushkar had not been what we expected at all. The plan was to come visit for four days, relax before the final leg of our trip to Agra and Delhi. We had been told that Pushkar was a pretty little town, with nice people. The perfect place to experience an authentic Rajasthan life style, unfortunately this couldn't have been further from the truth. We'd been hassled from the minute we arrived and found the people very unfriendly. We were definitely glad to be moving on.
As we hadn't really ventured round to the lake (we hadn't really been to bothered as it was emptyn and the haslte you'd get down there wasn't worth contending) we decided to go for our breakfast in one of the restaurants by the lake, just slightly outside of the main town. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped off at a second hand bookshop to see if we could get a guide book for Thailand and after a bit of bartering we managed to buy one for 300 rupees (£4) and sell our India guide book for 100 rupees.
Feeling quite proud of ourselves for managing to sell our book (not for much but we were only going to dump it), we headed for some lunch to spend the £1.33 made on the book. Again our accents helping us stick out like a soar thumb, the guy sat behind us asked us where we were from. It turned out he is a Sheffield United supporter, so after a discussion Burnley beating Sheff United at Wembley, the conversation turned to traveling. It was great to talk to Mark as he had the exact same opinion of Pushkar as we did. He'd only been there one night and originally planning to stay a four nights was leaving that evening, Mark told us his friend had done the same journey we were about to do to Agra on the sleeper bus, and he'd told him that the whole thing had been a complete shambles. Apparently the taxi that was supposed to leave Pushkar at 7.30pm, actually left 8.30pm. He then got dropped in Ajmer, which is the next town and was left waiting until 10.00pm! This didn't fill us with much hope for the upcoming journey.
As we were about to leave to head back to our hotel to check out, the rain started again!Within 20 minutes, you couldn't see the road. We checked out and waded through the flooded roads up the the bus stop. The rest of the evening turned out just as Mark had said it would. We arrived at the bus stop just after 7.00pm, we didn't leave until 8.30pm, we then arrived in Ajmer and surprise, surpriseour bus didn't arrive until 10.00pm! We finally boarded and got ready for a sleepless night but we were looking forward to seeing the Taj Mahal on Saturday.