Trip to the largest Camel Fair indeed…more than that the essence of fair, Pushkar as a city took over all the people traveling with Roots. We started on Friday night with super excited group of 15 people … most of them I would say were strangers to each other. A Road trip to Pushkar – little lakeside village in Rajasthan, greeted us with a sandy detour and camels all around.
It’s a spectacle on an epic scale, where traditions and spirituality meet and one can experience the culture and grandeur of Rajasthan. Pushkar has a magnetism all of its own. Our morning started with a lavish breakfast in Zostel, followed by a walk to the city ghats. Staying at Zostel in Pushkar was one of the best decisions. Zostel pioneers the hostel revolution in India and their young team had put a great show to entertain their guests. Mostly a backpacker’s pit spot, we still wanted to sneak in this ‘cool’ kind of accommodation which was definitely a worth visit. The fair brought back our memories of old local cultural fairs in our hometowns. But the romantic idea of journeying with camels across Rajasthan was unique.
The water at ghats of course speaks to you, about the years that it has survived. The town often hums with prayers generating an episodic soundtrack of chanting, drums and gongs, and devotional songs. From the big giant wheel to learning about swords, the market had lots to offer. The main street is one long bazaar, selling anything to tickle a traveler’s fancy, from hippy-chic tie-dye to didgeridoos.
We walked till one end of the street and in the idea of exploring to further we reached a hill top. Of course, it wasn’t easy to walk in the scorching sun but our wanderlust kept encouraging us. To our surprise, we found moto bike being run on the sands of desert. N in a jiff, we all tried our hands to drive these awesome looking wheels. Yes it was a definitely a great experience.
We then walked back to the streets of Pushkar in the search of the famous Sunset Café, which was totally at the other end of the town. Even though most of us were tired by now, but the sunset from this café was worth the long walk we took. The energy at the ghat at this point was super, with drummers and artists around, we spent a great evening. The day was not yet over for the travelers after taking a short break back at Hotel, we left for the grand show put up by the band Indian Ocean.
Zostel had planned a late night cultural program for their guests. The energy encircled the entire place with fun, dance and zest. And with so much of action in the entire day our next morning was lazy. Started a little late, we visited Ajmer Dargah and the fun for the second day had just started. The strangers were now friends, the bus trip converted to a party on wheel. The crazy journey back home takes back conversations, jokes and stories as souvenirs for the travelers. Every trip of roots, gives you an experience, a memory to cherish and travel buddies for Life.
Photo Credits: Gurpreet Kaur
Originally Posted in www.Rootsvida.com
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