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Jodhpur and Pushkar: The Blue city and the Lotus flower.

Jodhpur was once a vital trade route city and is now home to the dominating Tepui Fort that looms over the city. The market is still well known for its crafts and spices. The clock tower is ground zero of the old city with the fort looming above.

Although it was pretty far, around 270kms, I actually made good time as all the roads were in good condition so I could put my feet up on the front cruising pegs and diddle off the miles. I didn’t quite make it to the tourist area, opting for one of the businessman hotels on the main road leading to the clock tower. Usually the quality is better for a cheaper price, although you don’t get the option of banana pancakes for breakfast.

I had a few errands to do and after finding out they wanted $250R to visit the fort, I decided to spend the time bobbing around town. The main accomplishment worked out really well as I still hadn’t got a workable horn. Idiot me was planning on just finding a new set and installing them myself as I am super horn guy and if they aren’t working they are definitely dead. The Enfield shop owner did one honk, jiggled the wires and it was fine. Man, I am an idiot. Just a bad connection. Hell, if I had done that before Udaipur, I could have bypassed that whole bad day thing. I did find all the missing bolts that I needed as well as finding the wiring to make my front brake activate the brake lights in the back. With that accomplished, it was back to town where I spent the rest of the time wandering the streets looking for a copy of Windows to fix the computer. Again I started off on the wrong foot as the system kept asking for the cd to reload missing files for Windows Office XP. In the end though, it was necessary to reload Windows Xp operating system as whatever bug I have did actually delete all my Windows programs. Fortunately, it all worked out as I got sloppy again and ran the install without backing up the photos of other necessary programs that I would need. The upgrade ended up just replacing the missing files and I was back to square one. Good for you too as now I am back to posting, as you can see. So after a good couple of productive days, I opted out of Jodhpur and headed on to the heavily visited holy town of Pushkar.
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Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the earth and Pushkar floated to the surface. I can honestly say that Pushkar is the first place that I felt like I was in India. Not necessarily real life India, but the India you read and dream about. From the twisting mountain passing from Ajmer to the arid sand dunes surrounding the small Pushkar lake. This place is a widely visited tourist location, not only from the foreign tourist, but also for the huge amount of Indian pilgrims. Even though the village is populated with about 15,000 versus the usual one million like other Indian towns, there are hundreds of temples and religious entities. The part that really does it for me is that it is authentic. Pushkar religiously is not a sell out to the foreign tourist trade. Sure, immediately surrounding the lakeside temples are stacks of 4-5 story high backpackers places serving up pizza, but when it comes to the temples, foreigners take a back seat. There are the usual posted regulations, but here unlike other places, they are enforced. Men are stationed around to keep an eye on the foreign dregs, and one misstep would usually find yourself getting yelled at. FYI, no meat (even eggs), no booze, no hugs and kisses, no footwear within 40 feet of the waters edge, no photos on the ghats, no smoking by the ghats, shoes off in most places, etc. I liked it. There are tons of holy men which are very approachable, as well as a lot of foreigners who have given up on life and decided to stay around full time. Overall, I feel this is the first religious India since I have been here.
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2 responses to “Jodhpur and Pushkar: The Blue city and the Lotus flower.”

  1. Stoney says:

    Hey, Your trip is amazing. I just found the web site. Do you have a map posted of your travels.

  2. Priyank says:

    Hey Steve,
    You are currently in India. I am leaving for Peru shortly. I obviously read the entire Peru journal and I am commenting on this page only because those old posts have comments switched off and there is really no other way to say – ‘wow, wonderful travelogue’.
    I havent been to Rajasthan myself. Judging by the amount of time you spend, it will take you months to discover India completely. cool, more reading 🙂

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