We have sped up our pace to cram in some beautiful destinations before the volunteer segment of our trip. First off is Jaipur. We skipped the main attraction in favor of chilling with monkeys on a mountain fort at sunset. The evening glow made the mountain top view unrealistically enchanting.
Pushkar is the hippi waterhole of India. If is said that Brahman dropped a lotus flower and there appeared Pushkar. It also has a great sunset view from a cafe by the lake. The town was built encircling the lake and is framed by two small mountains which we hiked in the warm but glorious sunshine. On the second hike we shared our picnic lunch with a man on a holy pilgrimage. Before western tourists discovered magical Pushkar, Indians had for come for centuries on religious pilgrimages. Jen taught me how to carve a pineapple with my new pocket knife.
Udaipur has the laid back energy of Pushkar but hosts an incredible Indian City Palace and the most clever Hindu temple. The temple is carved from top to bottom with intricate mini elephants and was the centre of our celebration of Shivas birthday. We celebrated with Bang Lassi, sweets, and hookah with our new friends. We also got a chance to rent bicycles and ventured 10 km out of the village for a swim at crocodile infested Tiger Lake.