Jaipur - Pushkar
After the night in Barathpur, lovely asylum in Rajeev's house (just 130 rupees/night!) we headed for Jaipur, which took us about 3-4 hours. Checked in the guest house and went for a stroll in a Pink City, as they call it. The whole old town is painted in pink (maybe it was pink one day, nevertheless now it's rather orange'ish, in all honesty), full of miscellaneous stalls with all kind of products you can only think of.
On a street we were caught by a Nepalese guy, as it turned out, who recommended us to go to some good restaurant (which name we forgot after 5 minutes..) and the Monkey Temple just a few kms away (this one we decided to leave for the next day). Somehow we got to his house, where he moved to with his family (from Nepal). I was introduced to every single women in there (even the tiny barefoot one ;) ) and then we carried on our walk to eat sth eventually!
We promised to come for an Indian chai afterwards (small sweet & milky tea with masala spice). Neither we had found the recommended restaurant nor we had eaten in the Lonely Planet shot. Yet finally we found on a way a small local restaurant, full of people where we ate loads, filling our stomachs nicely. Good one.
The next day we went to the Monkey Temple – to everyone's surprise – full of monkeys :) Really beautiful and relatively chilled out place, despites the “caretakers” of the temples who wanted to either sell you some flee-market'ish stuff or force you to pay a donation (we put just a small note and the lady looked almost offended that we didn't pay more..) what, again, spoiled the atmosphere. In a holy place I wouldn't expect so much focus on tangibles, but now I've got an impression that India is soaked with it into the last thread unfortunately. Then at every corner again – kids without parents (allegedly), paid photo with someone's cobra snake or cow donation box with an old guy clattering into it with a metal tool every time someone was passing by. Although the monkeys and landscape with scattered temples around were breath-taking and utterly entertaining.;)
|sweet monkey kiddo|
Afterwards, the same day, we drove on our Enfield further to Pushkar, the pilgrimage town with its holy lake and ghats (the story tells, that the lake appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower). There are very few in the world in general, and one particularly dedicated to Brahma in whole India.
And how the landscape changed, we were stunned! Hills and semi-desert landscape started to embrace us all around, passing by natural pools and lovely roads, with not much traffic. Moreover once we got to our destination point the tranquility of it and really few people struck us instantly.
We got (with a bit of help) to the guest house we were looking for and... set off on night safari on camels. What a glee! :) Each of us was riding a different camel, Pedrak with a guiding boy and I - with his friend. We got to the camel's caretaker house (the same boy) and after a nice dinner, cooked on a fireplace in the front yard, we were set up on the rooftop in a warm lair for a night under the bright moon. So nice! (even if a bit cold just before dawn).
|delicious chapatti are being made|
In the morning after the sunrise and nice, sweet breakfast (Indian chai/tea with sweet paratha's – kinda layer'ish pancakes), stroking every animal I could find on my way (a small orphan goat and his best friend – 8 days old calf, a horse and camels, obviously ;)) and watching how everything was waking up and coming back to the normal, daily rhythm we set off for a morning ride through the semi-desert around Pushkar, already heading back there.
|sunrise on a rooftop in Rajasthan|
|getting ready to school|
|Dad and 5 offsprings on one moped bike, no problem!|
The rest of a day we enjoyed slow-paced rhythm of life in Pushkar, walking around and absorbing its peacefulness. So we did the next day but jumping on a bike and having a charming ride in the town's surroundings. We visited small hindu temples and had some chai with them, grasping every moment amongst the hills and tortuous roads we drove through. Lovely and very relaxing day.
|a temple on a top of a hill cutting above the town|
|"Shiva-Parvati/Adam-Eva, all religions same same" ;)|