|Index :: Day 11 Darjeeling :: Day 09 Udaipur :: Day 05 Agra :: Day 10 Pushkar :: Day 07 Jaipur :: Day 06 To Jaipur :: Day 12 Darjeeling :: Day 06 The Taj :: Day 01 Delhi :: Day 08 Udaipur :: Day 04 To Agra :: Day 03 Delhi :: Day 02 Delhi :: Arrival At Night :: Weekend Trip bodhgaya ::|
|The Pushkar Palace|
|Riding Camels off into the Sunset|
Back in April, I was speaking with one of my classmates, Ifat, about our upcoming trip to India. "Are you going to Pushkar? You HAVE to go to Pushkar. It's beyond beautiful." I was a little sad to hear this, as Pushkar was not on our itinerary. However, this was because we had originally planned to fly from city to city. When we decided to have a driver for our Rajasthan trip, our itinerary changed, as driving from Udaipur to Delhi in one day would be impossible. "How about a night's stay in Pushkar?", asked the tour agent. Because of Ifat's recommendation, I easily agreed with his suggestion.
On the outskirts of town, we arranged for a sunset camel trek (it was already 5 pm). After we settled into the "Pushkar Palace", a beautiful hotel right on the lake, we came back out front to find our camels and their drivers waiting for us. I was chosen to mount my camel first. I got on the camel's back and the driver climbed on behind me. Then the driver told me to hold on (to a tiny little insignificant nub on the saddle) and commanded the camel to stand up, something for which I was completely unprepared. If you've ever seen a camel stand up from a kneeling position, you know what I'm talking about. The camel stands up two legs at a time, which for the rider translates to an extreme leaning forward while the back legs stand and then a bucking backwards when the front two legs straighten. Wow, better than a rodeo! There were several times when we'd stop and give the camels a rest and would therefore have to remount the camels. Although the first time was terrifying for me, the other times were exhilerating!
Back at the hotel, we showered then went out for a quick bite to eat. We discussed again how happy we were to have come to India during the Off-Season. The drivers had told us that if we had come to Pushkar during the Tourist Season, we would not have been alone on the ride, rather there could have been upwards of 20 other camels on the same trek. As it was, Marcus and I had a peaceful yet exciting experience that would not have been possible had we come to India during the Tourist Season.
We slept very well that night in our luxurious room at the Pushkar Palace, only to wake up by 6 am to hit the road for Delhi.
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