We were sad to leave Jaipur, as it is a great city, however, leave it we did…but not before our driver, Sushil, invited us to meet his family. He took us to his home, in a small quarter of Jaipur where we met his wife and six children. It was a simple home, but the sense of family and community was strong. We enjoyed a great cup of Chai Masala, before heading of to Pushkar.
There’s not really a lot to see in Pushkar…just the lake, and a couple of temples, but we spent a very relaxed day seeing everything there was to see. In Pushkar, it is all about the vibe! Pushkar is a dry town, no alcohol served, and almost entirely vegetarian.
We visited the Temple of Brahma, the most important of the many temples in Pushkar. Lord Brahma is one of the holy trinity of Hinduism. No photographs are allowed, so you will have to make do of one of the entrance.
The main attraction of Pushkar is the Pushkar Lake which is considered sacred. Pushkar has become a place of Hindu pilgrimage because of this holy lake. Legend has it that this lake was consecrated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe when a lotus dropped from his hand into the vale and a lake emerged.
Next we visited Savitri Temple, located at the top of Ratnagiri Hill. Savitiri is the wife of Lord Bramha. It is only accessible by cable car ( unless you fancy a hike), so we braved the heights.
The views were spectacular, as was the pack of monkeys, who we saw mug several tourists as they got out of the lifts stealing their offerings.
Tomorrow we head to Udaipur.