Today is James and my last day in Pushkar. Robyn and Krissy left yesterday afternoon to travel down to Udaipur for a couple of nights and we will meet them in Jaipur on Tuesday morning.
Today James and I went for a drive with Fiona to a small village about 18 kms out of Pushkar where there are shoe makers and lots of good fabrics.
These young girls were very keen to have their photos taken and followed us around as we looked at the old fort and ruins in the village. They then called their friends and we had quite a little gathering following us around - very sweet!
It was a very beautiful village and most of the houses and buildings had been painted afresh for Diwali festival last month. We were lucky enough to have a local man with us who could explain much about the village.
This is a fabric wholesaler - out in the middle of nowhere.
Back in Pushkar a couple of days ago - Krissy buying haberdashery from a local vendor on the street. They were very intrigued!
We went for a walk along the ghats around the lake in Pushkar. Not as confronting as Varanasi and lots of people bathing and swimming when we were there.
A building along the ghats - Robyn was keen to see if she could walk up these stairs to the rooftop!!!
Tomorrow James and I head to Jaipur with a car and driver. We have had time to relax and unwind here in Pushkar, as well as do some fun things and spend time with local families - which has been lovely. If you are ever in Pushkar you can't go past staying in Our Pukka Place - it's close to the main town (about 5 minutes walk) but far enough away to be peaceful and away from the bustle. Fiona and Praveen will make you feel very welcome and the boys who work in the hotel are very obliging. Fiona also has a blog with links to all the other projects she has on the go. She works with many local families and artisans, and helps to support and encourage them . Fiona also runs textile tours in India and other countries such as Vietnam and Syria and has a fabulous knowledge of textiles and their history. Follow these links to check it out for yourself.
We are into the last week of our trip and although we have lots to explore in Jaipur and Delhi we are looking forward to getting home soon. Love to all, see you soon....and don't leave me off your Xmas present list!!! xxxx