India: (Part II) PUSHKAR
Our second stop in India was Pushkar. Pushkar is a beautiful, tranquil lakeside city. Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is a very holy place. It is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town and has many temples. Pushkar also has one of the world’s only Brahma temples. Also, in Pushkar is the Saraswati Temple. This temple is situated at the top of a hill and takes about an hour trek to get up to. But, once up there, the views are incredible and you get to see all of Pushkar, including it’s beautiful lake. I thought Pushkar was magical. I absolutely loved it. The spiritual feeling there was so beautiful. We stayed at a small, but quaint hotel called “Inn Seventh Heaven”.
Some beautiful scarves that our friend Rachana’s mother made. I am absolutely in love with all of the stunning, bright Indian textiles.
The beautiful decor at our boutique hotel
The hike up to Saraswati Temple
The views overlooking Pushkar from the hilltop
Ganesh statues on the way up to the temple
Mama monkey and baby monkey taking in the beautiful views
The incense tree where you tie your coconut after staying your prayers. Make your wish here.
Our fabulous group of friends after our hike up! So thankful to have gotten to travel with this amazing group!
Hey guys! Our camel friends hanging out before our group camel ride at sunset.
Look at the amazing colors and variety of the food and the garments that the street vendors are selling!
My favorite clutch that I picked up in a lovely little shop in Pushkar. The little shop that I purchased this from made most of their pieces by hand. There was an elderly man sitting in the back hand stitching these pieces. I fell in love with the shop and was so happy to be helping to support the business of such a kind, hard-working man. Needless to say, I walked out with quite a bit of goodies! 🙂
We took a really awesome (although kind of scary because you are sitting up so high) camel ride in the desert at sunset. The ride was definitely an experience. The sunset from where we were was just incredible! As the sky turned beautiful sherbert pinks and orange, I just breathed in the fresh air, enjoyed the fact that we were in India, with an amazing group of friends, and seeing a new part of the world! Pushkar’s spiritual ambiance was really incredible, magical, actually. Can’t wait to go back!
One Response to “India: (Part II) PUSHKAR”
Your travel posts make me want to take a vacation right now!!! So beautiful!