October 31. Pushkar

Pushkar has the only temple for Brahma and has also holy ponds where the pilgrims could bath themselves. We saw these places.

The pilgrims came from places so far away they had to stay overnight in Pushkar and some clearly slept on the streets.

We walked along the market street and it was crowded. Here are some pictures from there.

A colorful experience and again only friendly people. The Indian people make a great impression on me.

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Pushkar-camel market.

They are called camels (two humps) but according to what I learned at school, they are dromedary (one hump).

Pushkar has an annual camel market, where also horses and some cows had a place. We went through the market both at sunset and sunrise the next morning. It is difficult to describe the market so I let pictures of the camels do the job.

What I found was special with the horses was the ears. I am in no way a horse person, but I can not remember to have seen horse ears like these.DSCF2861

Of course there were lots of people there as well and many clearly stayed there overnight.

A one of a kind experience that I really enjoyed and will remember.

 

October 30. Khumbalgarh-Pushkar.

On our way to the bus we walked a short distance through the village and the locals were friendly and interested.

The hotel close to Pushkar was really good. two-story buildings around a nice courtyard.

And of course it was a “band” in the evening.

 

Kumbalgarh.

Kumbalgarh is a medival castle/fort on the top of a hill.DSCF2744

I sat and waited by the gate while the group climbed to the top. It was very crowded and I was clearly exotic, I don’t think I ever have been photographed so much before, and I also took pictures.

Before sunset we went on a place with a good view towards the castle and waited for 10000 lights to be turned on. And that was great.

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Ocrtober 29. Sardargarh-Kumbalgarh.

We did the first leg on the trip from Sardargarh to Kumbalgarh by rail,a narrow gauge with old carriages. The train was quite full when we entered it so we sat in compartments with the locals. In “my” compartment sat one man. five women, two kids and an small child on a lap

Unfortunately we did not have any common language, but with a smile and showing pictures, we had some sort of communication.

Some young boys were singing and tried to very cool.

The food offered was questionable, so I did not try it, even if the locals obviously liked it.DSCF2688

A couple of other pictures from the train ride.

 

 

October 28. Udaipur-Sardargarh

We drove from Udaipur to Sardargarh and that was a rather short drive. We stopped on the way at a temple. I don’t remember the name, but the carvings were probably the most detailed I saw.

 

Sardargarh was another hotel based on an old mansion on  hilltop. We were welcomed by three sari-dressed women.DSCF2672

 

It was a beautiful place with lawns, flowers and decorations.

 

My room is in the corner in the last picture and I had a nice view over the flooded plain.

 

I was lucky enough to have a longer talk over a cup of coffee with the owner’s wife about the building and the reconstruction.DSCF2666

She told me it all started in 2004 when a wall suddenly collapsed. Then they had to decide what to do and they decided to upgrade. So far they had finished about one third of the castle and had a lot of new projects.

I met a couple of Australians and we went on a tour in the non-reconstructed part of the building and that was a strange experience. There were narrow stairs, small rooms, open verandas. But the view was great.

 

We had a good view to the rooftops in the village, and they are actually living rooms.

The musicians at Gorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer

We stayed at Gorbandh Palace Hotel outside Jaisalmer. It is a big hotel and have  both an indoor and outdoor restaurant. The first night we were there, the outdoor restaurant was reserved for a private party, but that had not arrived when I walked by. But the traditional “band” was there sitting on the grass. I asked if I could take pictures, but they asked me to join them. Of course I did.DSCF2189

The leader spoke some English, so we had a good talk. I learned that the music was very traditional and the leader had learned it from his grandfather. They asked me to take pictures of all of them, and I did.

The young girl also had he job to drop rose petals on new guests, and she insisted on dropping some on me as well.DSCF2192