Pushkar, Rajasthan, India
Pilgrimage to PushkarOne of my favorite places in the world is seemingly nondescript. A significant part of visiting a place is the experience. The itinerary was simple, to explore a few temples and talk with locals.
The bus ride there, was tiring and filled with dust but all was forgotten upon arriving in Rajasthan. Close to Ajmer, Pushkar is known for a truly lovely legend. It is said that a lotus leaf fell from Lord Brahma's hand and formed the lake. It's an incredible departure from the traditional journey to the Ganges.
If you visit in November, see if your trip falls during the Pushkar Camel Fair dates. It's a desert village experience. http://www.pushkarcamelfair.com/
If you make the trek and it's a short one, try to visit both the Brahma and Savitri temples. Once known for 500 temples, so many were destroyed over time but this spiritual experience is what you make of it.