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    Nevrotic queue!

    by schlumpf Written Jan 21, 2005

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    If you would need to caugh a bus, a train or a flight, then you will have the problem of the queue.
    In India, as well as in a lot of places in Asia, there is no respect for queue
    The rule is: the first one speak is the first that has to be listened!
    Altough you are waiting for your turn, you will detect that hundreds of people will jump on your shoulder trying to overtake you...it will take away your hair..something really bad! Be patient, that’s the only thing to do!

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    If you are a smoker, then smoke a BIRI

    by schlumpf Written Jan 21, 2005

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    Walking trough the street of India you will see all the people (i saw only man) smoking such a small sigar, called BIRI. In India there are a lot of tipes of Biri and it is a normality smoke a biri. (it costs also only 5Rs Vs 50/70Rs for a package of cigarettes), they smoke wherever, on trains, buses, restaurants and so on....

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    Wet clothes….

    by schlumpf Written Jan 21, 2005

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    An amazing thing I saw in Pushkar i show they dry the wet clothes…
    If you walk trough the Gats area you will see a lot of woman that are standing in a pretty unconfortable way…That is how they dry things…With the wind!!!!
    Amazing!

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    Cultural Values

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    Pushkar is considered and recognised as a holy place. The residents follow the age old saying "Athithi Devo Bahva" (visitors are God). Understanding another culture helps to understand the diversity of the world. Here are some cultural values of Pushkar that I found on a website which will be of great interest before visiting:

    Kindly note that kissing or hugging on Ghats (Bathing Steps) is considered an unholy and is prohibited. And local people are very sensitive about vulgarities (if any). It is considered an offence under law and one may be prosecuted for any offence.

    Pushkar follows strict vegetarianism to the extent that even eggs are forbidden as well as meat.

    Married couples in Pushkar do not hug, hold hands or kiss in public.

    Drinking alcohol or smoking is prohibited, no matter how innocent, are interpreted as a sign of moral laxity and are not acceptable in Pushkar.

    Shoes are considered impure. The cultured Hindu never wears shoes or sandals inside a temple, holy pond or shrine, nor in his home or the homes of other Hindus.

    It is improper to sit with ones legs outstretched toward a temple, shrine or altar, or even toward another person. Worshiping, meditating or sitting in the kneeling pose is not acceptable among Hindus.

    Hindu Men generally do not shake hands with women but placing hands in a prayerful gesture.

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    Camel Fair Pushkar 13 to 21 Nov 2010

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Aug 12, 2005

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    Camel Fair is Octomber-November.When on the day of Kartik Purnima, the colourful Pushkar Fairis held.Thousends of drvoters from all faiths gather to take a dip in the holy lake.
    Dance, music, gaily attired Folks and varoous cultural events enhance the fun of the occasion.The most interesting part of the fair are camel reces, cattle auction and colourful shops dispalying beautiful handicrafts like emboidered Fabrics, shoes,beads, bangles, colourful camel saddles, bages, wall hanging and much more.

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    Brahma...and the Camel Fair

    by josephescu Written Sep 16, 2007
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    Once a year, on the full moon night of the Hindu lunar month of Kartika (October - November), a religious festival is held in Brahmâ's honour. Thousands of pilgrims come to bathe in the holy lake adjacent to the temple.

    With so many people coming in one place, this is also the perfect occasion for trade, so a “camel fair” (the town is at the edge of the desert) starts to take place. In the last decades, The Pushkar Camel Fair has also become a major tourist draw and has taken on somewhat of a carnival flavour. Tens of thousands of camels and cattle are traded during the fair, while sadhus (ascetics) converge on the town to take a soul-cleansing dip in the holy lake. There's ample entertainment for tourists, with musicians, dancers, snake-charmers, and magicians flocking to the town.

    The dates of the fair vary annually according to the Indian lunar calendar, taking place in late October or November (consult the tourist office for exact dates).

    If you're keen to see the animal trading at its peak during the camel fair, get to Pushkar about a week prior to the published (official) festival dates.

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    No photos with the lake

    by josephescu Written Sep 16, 2007
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    Multilingual signs were indicating no photos. This is not acceptable, I said to myself.
    While the economy of this town relies, at least to a significant extent, to pilgrims and tourists coming to see the sacred lake, to the point that there’s a whole “industry” developed around the lake, from hotels, restaurants, to pushy priests, we’re forbidden to take the image of the lake for ourselves.

    One guy explained that it is forbidden to take pictures on the ghats around the lake, since people pray there. But people pray in the Brahma temple as well, and photos during the ceremonial are allowed….even Hindus were taking them.

    While I’m not the kind of guy who doesn’t care about local customs, this seemed most unfair and unreasonable, mainly because of its discriminatory character. This being said, I refrained of taking pictures with pilgrims praying at the lake, but I did pictures with the lake.

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    The flower petals ritual

    by josephescu Written Sep 16, 2007
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    As far as I was able to observe, the ceremonial was quite simple: a handful of flower petals was given to me upon entering the temple. I was to hand in the petals to the Brahman priest (in the middle of the altar), he would say some words, retain half of them and returned the other half, for me to go and lay them on the sacred lake.

    Needles to say that upon arriving at the lake with the petals in hand, a bunch of pushy “priests” appeared from all around, since i was an obvious “sure target”. Ultimately, I had to let one of them “teach” me the ritual on what should I say and how should I lay the flowers on the lake, a ceremonial out of which I unfortunately did not understand anything, for we was speaking Hindu all the time.

    Once the petals floating over the water, he turned in English, asking for money for his services. And this is I when I turned a stunned eye on him and calmly replied “But how…..you’ve been so kind, you wanted to help me do it right, ….i believe this is about karma, not about money….Brahma sees everything, I don’t think we agrees you asking money for helping my pray to Brahma”…….the “priest” remained wordless while I walked away, enjoying a moment of glory..

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    Bathing

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007
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    Pushkar lake has some 52 ghats, sets of steps that lead down to the waters edge so that bathers can bathe. Devout Hindus make at least one pilgrimage to Pushkar and bathe at the holy ghats to wash away their sins, thereby earning themselves a place in heaven.

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    Brahma’s Place in the World

    by Waxbag Written Nov 17, 2005

    According to the Hindu legend; Brahma, the Creator, dropped a lotus flower from the sky and where it landed Pushkar Lake sprang up at the spot. Brahma wanted to perform a sacrifice at the lake in the evening of a full moon with his consort Saraswati, the Goddess of Education, but she was late. Brahma instead chose a mortal milkmaid to perform the ceremony. When Saraswati arrived she was furious and cursed Brahma vowing that he would never be worshipped on the earth again. She relented under pressure from other gods and instead decreed only in Pushkar may he be worshipped. The Brahman temple at Pushkar remains the only one in India and one of the only in the world.

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    avoid

    by 6aruna Written Nov 28, 2007

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    Taking pictures of bathers and the bathing ghat is an absolute no no. should be like that. Usually there are police officials patroling that area.

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    Cricket

    by Yanek Written Dec 8, 2005
    Girls disturbing the cricket game

    Indians are crazy about this game. I saw it being played all over the country. When is the next clash with the Pakistanis?!

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