Day 7 in India started with a squinty eyed 5am wake up call. It was time to layer up and head out to our awaiting tuk tuks, which would be driving us through the quiet back streets of Pushkar to the base of the hill where Brahma Temple sits at its peak.
We would be spending the next half an hour or so, climbing the steps up to the temple in time to see the sunrise.
Brahma Temple is a Hindu Temple sitting above Pushkar, which is dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma, and remains one of the most famous of its kind today.
There are thought to be around 330 million Gods in Hinduism. Brahma’s only active role is thought to have been during the creation of the universe.
The walk up to the temple isn’t for the faint hearted. Although some of the slightly more athletic members of the group made it to the top in 10-15 minutes, it took the rest of us a good half an hour to reach it’s peak.
Despite the epic climb, the views and the sunrise were worth every drop of sweat!
When asked during the trip if I was a sunrise or a sunset person, my answer was swayed by the fact I have seen more sunsets than I have sunrises (I’m not a natural morning person!).
However, there is something magical about a sunrise. It’s the start of a new day, with new opportunities. It brings with it an awakening city, and a sense of hope.
I could definitely become a morning person if I had the opportunity to see more sunrises like this.
After our morning hike, we had the rest of the day to ourselves.
Pushkar felt safe, with everything being within walking distance of our hotel. Although I stayed with someone throughout the day, I certainly would’ve felt comfortable being here alone as a solo traveller. In fact, it’s definitely one of the places I would love to revisit, without the itinerary of an organised trip.
Pushkar was completely different to many of the other places we visited on this trip. It felt calmer, and more relaxed, there seemed to be less traffic, and it definitely had a ‘hippy’ vibe. I could’ve sat by the Lake for hours, drinking coffee and people watching.
The only downside, was that it almost felt slightly less ‘Indian’.
But for now, it was time to say our goodbyes to Pushkar and to start preparing for our journey to Udaipur, which would take us into the final half of our trip.