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Mystic City of Pushkar

Mystic City of Pushkar

Our next stop after Jaisalmer was Pushkar, a holy town known for having the only temple in the world dedicated to Brahma (god of Creation). The town surrounds Pushkar Lake, which is visited by Hindu pilgrims to bathe in and be blessed. The lake is said to have been created when Brahma dropped a lotus flower on earth. It is a small, relaxed, creative, and mystic town surrounded by beautiful hills, definitely worth a visit. ;)

Kikasso: India's Picasso

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The highlight of Pushkar for me was going to visit Aloo Baba in the countryside. Aloo Baba is a baba (someone who renounces an ordinary and material possessions) that has spent the last 40+ years eating nothing but potatoes. [Aloo means potato in Hindi.] We arrived to the temple/ashram where he lives in solitude and meditation and spent a good while sitting with him... drinking chai [yeah, of course he drinks chai!], asking questions, laughing, and just talking about life in general. He says he eats only potatoes because something like,

"More choices, more problems....

Less choices, no problem!"

Agreed!! For me especially, having more choices often makes life more difficult. It's like when there's only one option at a restaurant, that's the best! Aloo Baba will forever hold a special space in my heart. He has such a warm gaze and speaks with such wisdom and graciousness... I wish I had him close all the time so I could visit him whenever I wanted to. Stay Blessed Aloo Baba. <3

We stayed in Jaipur for only one night on our way to Varanasi. I would've liked to stay more days but we were on a tight schedule to see the Taj Mahal and Varanasi before my dearest mother would leave me!

The grandiose Taj Mahal

The grandiose Taj Mahal

Jaisalmer: Camel trekking and the "Golden City"

Jaisalmer: Camel trekking and the "Golden City"