After Delhi, I planned to head north to Kumbh Mela, a religious festival that happens every 12 years in India, and the largest human gathering on earth. But after my transportation with other couchsurfers fell though twice, and the stampede that killed 40 people, I took it as a sign I wasn’t mean to go. My new travel mate, Kate, and I made one last ditch effort to go, but in the end, we didn’t have the physical and mental energy to deal with getting there and enduring the massive crowds. I guess I can hit the next one… when I’m 40!!
So instead of heading north, we ventured south to the popular backpacker city of Pushkar. When we got off the bus, we had no idea where we were going to stay, so we gladly accepted an offer to check out “Bright Clean Rooms” a biker guesthouse on the outskirts of town (if you want to stay there, just ask for the “biker guesthouse”). The room was decent, with a pool and a rose garden, and cost us about $3 each.
Travelers, beware of a scam in which a local person hands you a flower while you’re walking through town and tells you there’s a “festival happening on the river RIGHT NOW!” It’s a set up to take your money. We went to the river to check it out, but we quickly caught onto the scam and didn’t cough up any cash.
Pushkar is completely walkable, and Kate and I enjoyed strolling around the town. Though everyone is trying to make a dollar, it’s aesthetically beautiful and I never got bored watching people. Here are some of my favorite frames Pushkar.