Pushkar hippy parade

Trip Start Oct 27, 2004
Trip End Aug 17, 2005

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Friday, November 12, 2004

Well, we have arrived in the holy town of Pushkar. An uneventful and to be
honest not very exciting time was had in Jaipur - another big smokey polluted
city with not as much to see as Delhi or Agra. (I think the fact neither of us
was feeling too well also contributed to the down vibe!)

However a lovely air conditioned train brought us to Ajmer yesterday where we
undertook the task of walking across town to get a bus to the smaller town of
Pushkar. You will all be pleased to know that Kris was suitably excited that
this journey involved crossing over "Snake Mountain". The bone shaking ride was
only half an hour but it went through some pretty fantastic scenery and being
the only westerners on a local bus did cause some excitement.

It's really nice being in a smaller, chilled out town. There's a lot more
travellers here (and a lot more dodgy goatees to go with them). The lake is
beautifully tranquil and the monkeys are suitably cheeky - this was proven as we
were woken this morning by several outside our window - the welcome photo on this travel pod is proof! Actually I think what woke us up fully was the one that came through the window and promptly stole the orange peel which was on the windowsill!


Oh, the foolishness of youth. The reason that Lauren was not quite as excited as
myself about Snake Mountain is that she is every-so-slightly too young to
remember that Snake Mountain is the one and only residence of the evil Skeletor
(arch-enemy of He-Man for those that weren't 6 years old during the 80's). I
just can't believe that I'm actually here. Haven't seen any sign posts for eternia yet...

Flash Bowel update:::::: Well, my 8-day bout of Delhi belly finally came to an
end when I took some drugs that are designed to stop Amoebic Dysentry, which
either means that I had it or it means that this particular drug is the daddie
of all anti-protozoans. Either way it worked and my life is now complete. I can
look at temples and monkeys and not have to worry about where the toilet is
(like those cheesy adverts for Imodium where the woman keeps diving into bushes and things).

Other news... Well to be honest I've been so concerned with other things that
well... Actually I can only say how glad I am to be in Pushkar at the moment. I
don't really have anything good to say about Jaipur, a bit of a let down really.
Everyone was into the gem-scam business... Well everyone in Jaipur was up to no good it seemed, except for the guy who sold me my sandals, which seem quite nice.

Pushkar is a different world, but its full of hippies. That's kind of nice
though, things aren't so fast paced and people are only trying to scam you
small-time for Rs10, not empty your whole bank account. Believe me it makes the

Did Lauren tell you about the Gorilla that tore the bars of our bedroom windows
this morning? Anyway, it came in and tried to take Lauren out from whence it
came. Don't worry though folks, this is one Gorilla who obviously didn't know
I'd come via 'Snake mountain' to get Lauren here... Kris 1, Gorilla 0.

Actually I was quite scared chasing the tiny monkey out of the window, I have a recurring dream about waking up next to a baboon and it brought back bad memories...


Hi Lauren again,

I thought of 2 good things about Jaipur...
1 - we had a nice hotel and
2 - we met a really nice couple who were on a round the world trip and whom we
may meet up with a bit further down south when we're in Mumbai or Goa.

1 - the hotel was not as easy to get to as we may have 1st imagined. After we
got off the train (which was meant to leave at 7:45am and actually left at
10:30am and was then about an extra 2 hours late on top) we phoned the hotel to
come and pick us up. After an hour when no one had turned up we were suitably
puzzled. Just as we were about to phone the hotel again lo-and-behold there
appears a helpful young man who was to take us to our hotel. When we arrived at
Karni Villas we were once again puzzled as our hotel was called Karni Newas!
Upon looking at a map (and the fact the hotel was the wrong name) it became obvious that we were in the wrong place. It also became obvious that the helpful young man who was talking to us outside the train station had guessed where we were staying and phoned up his mate to say there's 2 westerners here who if you pick up pretending to be from Karni Newas, may just be tired enough to stay in your similarly named hotel.
Not this time matey! Lauren and Kris: 2 Indian tricksters: 0 (When we did
finally get to Karni Newas the hotel manager just laughed and didn't seem to be
at all surprised).

So we are still getting wiser by the day.
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