Pushkar is one of the oldest existing cities in India and lies on the shore of the Pushkar lake. We didn't have that great a start as Chris wasn't feeling well, we had an uncomfortable start at our Haveli and despite reading about and expecting to be scammed at the lake, we got scammed, and felt really silly! There are a bunch of fake priests who descend on you as soon as you arrive at the lake, separate you very quickly, bless you with water, cover you in turmeric and demand loads of money for the privilege. We gave them money and wished we hadn't... but you learn! Afterwards we sat in a cafe and watched it happen to loads of other tourists.
Pushkar attracts a lot of hippies, there are loads of Indians and travellers all riding scooters down the little streets. And unlike the other places we had visited there seemed to be loads of woman out and about and the colours were glorious! It is a dry vegetarian city so no alcohol, meat or eggs. The food seemed to be more for tourists than locals so less Indian and more Israeli, Mexican, Italian and Tibetan restaurants. We found a little place called the Tibetan Kitchen where Chris had a pizza and I had some really good Tibetan Dumplings and we people-watched down below for a little while. After we had been checked into the correct room and had some dinner at the lovely haveli across the road from our haveli, things improved.
I saw this in Wikitravel, which I think it lovely: The word 'Pushkar' means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake.
We woke up at 5am to hike up to Savitri temple for sunrise. There were loads of people out in the streets, most heading to the lake or temples. There were groups of woman singing as they walked and men having chai in the dark. Lots of people said hi and helped us with directions as we tried to find our way to the hill in the dark. We eventually found found the base with lights up the path and it took us an hour to get to the top... the sunrise, views of Pushkar, and the surrounding fields and hills was beautiful and totally worth the early morning and hours walk! On our way down there were loads of people heading up, all with massive smiles on their faces saying Rama or Namaste to us! Back in the town there was a hive of activity, people stopped us for photos, there were camels and little pigs running in the street and more woman in beautiful colourful saris than we'd seen altogether in our trip so far.
We headed back to our haveli for breakfast and a shower before catching our train to Jaipur.