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Pushkar

Pushkar
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Pushkar, Pushkar, India
Pushkar Camel Fair - 2014 in Rajasthan, India
The Pushkar Camel Fair is the most prominent religious and livestock festivals held every year in India. With over 50,000 camels and tens of thousands of other cattle, the festival in recent years has been the subject of intense interest by news media as well as tourists who visit the festivities to gain unique insight of traditional Indian and Rajasthani culture. Pushkar Camel Fair Schedule 2014: Oct 28th through Nov 1st: Pushkar Cattle Fair. This is when most of the Pushkar Fair activities with the villagers, camels, horses and other cattle will take place - the cattle trading, the Easy Tours of India sponsored camel races, as well as various other shows and competitions. The best days are going to be the October 31st and November 1st , so we have designed most of our tour itineraries to be in Pushkar during these days. Nov 2nd through Nov 4th: Pushkar Cultural Fair. This is when all the government sponsored cultural activities will take place. There will be folk dance shows, music performances, and other similar activities. Please bear in mind that you will get to experience (much more comfortably) similar performances at a number of the hotels we use during your exploration of India. Most agencies take you to the Pushkar Fair on these dates despite the fact that a majority of the cattle and villagers have already left Pushkar. Nov 5th Pushkar Festival: This is the Holy Day of the Fair and thousands of Hindu pilgrims will take a dip in the holy lake at Pushkar.
Pushkar Camel Fair - 2014 in Rajasthan, India

about 1 hour ago

Blarney Castle

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Blarney Castle, Cork, Ireland
Surprising Blarney Castle
I was fully prepared to write of Blarney Castle as a tourist trap. You've gotta kiss the Blarney Stone, blah, blah, blah. But we arrived late in the day, after all the tour buses had left. The late afternoon light on the castle was golden. And the grounds, which are extensive, were beautiful. The one drawback of arriving late was not having enough time to really explore them all--the fern grove, the creek running through the estate, and all of the gardens. It was quiet, peaceful, uncrowded. Oh, and kissing the Blarney Stone is actually more interesting than I thought it would be. You have to lie down on your back and lean over the edge of the castle while this guy holds onto you. It's kind of awkward and strange, which, in a place I expected to be completely predictable, was refreshing.
Surprising Blarney Castle

about 2 hours ago

Cashel

Cashel (Main Street The Bakehouse)
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Cashel, Cashel (Main Street The Bakehouse), Ireland
Stay in a Castle
One of the coolest, most unique places we've ever stayed. John Carignan, a former pilot from Tulsa, Oklahoma, became a certified stone mason so that he could buy a castle and restore it himself. He found this 15th-century tower house outside of Cashel, married Margaret, a local woman, moved in, and now rents out the top floors through AirBnB. We stayed on the top floor, and it was beautiful. High ceilings, a big canopy bed, a library full of books about castles and the region, and a huge tub, where I took perhaps the most relaxing candlelit soak of my life. And, of course, views of the surrounding countryside for miles in every direction. John took us up to the battlements and told us tales of the work he's done and of his family history. The man knows his castles. As they suggest, you'll want to leave your big bags down in the car. It's a long, very narrow stairway to the top, but it's worth it. Oh, and Margaret's breakfasts are hearty and delicious. Note: There was scaffolding on the castle, as you can see in the photo, and we didn't find out that would be the case until after we booked. It didn't really detract from our stay, but it did detract from the photo-ops.
Stay in a Castle

about 2 hours ago