India 102I got into Pushkar around 3pm on Sunday March 24th 2013 and went to a cooking class at 5pm that night.

The next day I went to Yoga in the Pushkar Yoga Garden which was a great experience–I had never actually taken a yoga class before but had done it at home using videos I downloaded or watched on YouTube. The instructor had it be low level because one person had a hurt back and I had never been. There were 4 people total in the class, 2 boys and 2 girls; 2 had been doing a week long course; 2 were English and 1 was Swiss.

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The place is a bit set back from the main road, but you can still hear a bit of the hustle and bustle of the city/town.

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It took the guy leading the class about an hour to realize that I can’t bend my back which was pretty funny (I had scoliosis surgery at the age of 13). He said I had perfect form other than my back always being straight~~and that I can’t expect to change that unless they make a flexible metal!

Next I went to Brahma Temple. I was told no cameras and no shoes and was given some flowers (for ‘free’) but was suggested I make a donation to the people giving out the flowers for the temple. If I want to donate to the temple, I’ll do it inside, thank you! My driver tried to give me back my camera, but we got yelled at by a guying telling me I didn’t understand–I did understand, why can’t I told it and have them believe I wasn’t going to use it? Everyone inside (all Indians, by the way) were using their camera phones to take pictures of everything anyway.

The temple itself was very busy, however there were many signs saying what you can and cannot do which take away the specialness of the Temple.

The flowers I was given were meant to be given to some men that were closer to the shrine than we were allowed to go and one of them gave me a dirty look! I managed to slip away to a quiet area–go upstairs!00and took a few pictures on my camera phone (however, later that night my camera phone stopped letting me save pictures–curse of taking photos where I’m not allowed?). The view from the top was nicer because there were less people, but also because you can see the mountains and the top of the buildings were not destroyed or half covered by signs.

When I left I just grabbed my shoes again and walked away. One of the people running the shop ran after me for a bit but gave up once he realized I was not going to come back. There were also some kids who hissed at me.

I then went for a camel ride!

I had a bit of a break at the hotel and laid by the pool where there were some crazy pigeons!

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Later I went to Pushkar Lake for the sunset.