Tearing myself away from mountains, biking and the Nutella banana pancake strip, I travelled to Rajasthan for a week of seeing stuff. From camel riding in the desert city of Jaisalmer to temples in pushy Pushkar, this is what I saw.
Stop 1 – Jaisalmer, Sandcastle city
I took my first overnight train to Jaisalmer, braving it in Sleeper class. I’d heard a few horror stories but it wasn’t the passengers I had to be worried about…about six hours in I came down with a horrendous case of Delhis most famous export, and I thought the toilets at Glastonbury were bad! Still I arrived in one piece to these wonders..
Getting my ride on…
Stop 2 – Jodhpur, big bad and blue
Jodhpur, king of forts, maharaja mystery and extremely blue. Blue being the signature Brahmin colour of India’s highest caste. I stayed in a beautiful old haveli with strict instructions not to bring any meat in to the house, as “ghosts will come madam”. I asked whether it matters if it’s already in my stomach and apparently it doesn’t…
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Stop 3 – pushy Pushkar
I finished in Pushkar, a small holy town famous for having the only Brahmin temple in India. Again this was a place with some peculiar rules, no onions or garlic this time as they “make the genitals hot”. I found it difficult to get on with Pushkar, for a place supposed to be so sacred everyone wanted to sell me something! Though I did really enjoy a blessing by the lake where the priest wished away my bad karma and made offerings for future health, wealth and prosperity. He even said I’d come back with a husband but I’m dubious anyone could perform that one! Still, it was very calming and I couldn’t feel my tongue after for about four hours, blissed out on my new karmic vibes..