Pushkar Daydreaming | Soulful things to do in Pushkar
I had been dying to visit Pushkar for a long time for I knew there would be something different this time. I had visited it thrice before and every time it felt different in a good way.
But never ever had I visited it after the good monsoon rains.
So, I left Jaipur one day with two of my friends and here is everything you will need to know to explore Pushkar the best way and the things we did in Pushkar.
Trust me both of them had the best time of their life and if you go along with what I tell you can enjoy the same.
Also, you can add your little magic always …
Things to do in Pushkar | Explore Pushkar In and Out
How to Reach Pushkar from Jaipur?
So we boarded a train from Jaipur at around 9:15 Am and reached Ajmer by 11:50 Am which costed us around Rs 120 per person
(Also if you are coming from any other part of India, you need to reach Ajmer first to reach Pushkar.)
After that, you need to go to the Roadways bus stand and from there you will get a bus to Pushkar. Buses ply every 15-20 minutes from Ajmer bus stand.
Pushkar is hardly 20 km away from Ajmer and you will reach there within 45 minutes. Although the journey is very short but still it is quite scenic, you will witness huge mountains as soon as you leave the hustling and bustling city of Ajmer behind. There is no properly made bus stand in Pushkar; the bus will leave you just near the Gurudwara.
Now once you are in Pushkar the hunt to find a room begins.
Where to Stay in Pushkar?
See there is a lot of options available in Pushkar now, as many hostel chains have found its way here.
And why not its been a paradise for hipsters for quite a long time.
I will leave it up to you to decide where would you want to stay.
The first Hostel that you will encounter on the way from Pushkar Bus stand is “Not On Map”. “Not on Map” is a hostel chain that provides ethnic experiences of the place you are in. They started small from providing rooms in small villages of Himachal Pradesh now also available in Pushkar.
They have bunker beds for 4 Guests, 8 Guests, and 12 Guests. So if you are traveling solo this is the best place to stay at as you will find like-minded people from around the world.
Another Hostel option is Zostel, which you might have heard as it has become a popular name in the hostel business.
One thing that I would like to tell you guys is that there is one other Hostel provider in Pushkar which is “The Hosteller” and I would personally tell you to avoid them. I had reached out to them for rooms and I personally didn’t like the way they had treated us and I left from there immediately.
These hostel charges somewhere around Rs 300 to Rs 500 per person and are quite budget-friendly and you will get to meet a lot of new people which is always a good option to hear travel stories from around the world.
If you want to stay luxury there is no other better option than Pushkar Resort. It is located a bit outskirt from the ghats that was a total “no-no” for me but if you wish to stay somewhere luxury it is the best option in Pushkar.
Where Did I stay and Why?
I had surely stayed in “Not on Map” hostel but they were full at the time we arrived so I had to go back to the place where I had been staying from the past three times.
And the name is “Shiva Guest House”.
There are 3 reasons why I always stay at this place.
- The Owner is quite chill, and he will always arrange things for you (You know na what Pushkar is famous for)
- It is located at the main chowk of Pushkar where all the famous restaurants, shops are. So no need to travel far away.
- The ghats are just 5 mins away from here so it makes it the best place to stay.
If you also wish to visit here, just ask for Baba Rooftop restaurant, it is quite famous in Pushkar after reaching there ask for Shiva Guesthouse. You will love the vibes of this place after the Sunset.
Best Places to Eat In Pushkar and What to eat in Pushkar??
If you are someone who loves to eat foreign food, Pushkar is a blessing for you.
As most of the travelers crowd in Pushkar is foreigner, so is the food culture here.
I am going to tell you a few of the places that I have visited and how was my experience then you can decide if you also want to visit it or not. Other than that there are so many restaurants and cafes in Pushkar that you can always experience something new every day.
My Food Picks From Pushkar
For Breakfast – I firmly believe that the first meal of the day has to be the best and heaviest meal of the day. So just outside Shiva Café, there was a restaurant named Buddha Café, from there I ordered Muesli Fruit Salad.
This was my breakfast for 2 days and I absolutely loved it. It came with Muesli and Cornflakes then a layer of curd over it then there were a banana, papaya, kiwi and apple with lots of dry fruits and honey on top of it.
If you love to eat, Samosa or Poha as your breakfast. You just have to come out of your Hotel room and you will find lots of Poha and Samosa stalls every now and then accompany it with tea and your day will have a good start.
There are many small shops in Pushkar which provide fresh juices, you can also try them.
For Lunch – I will suggest you go to “Little Buddha Café” and there is a very firm reason behind it.
The owner of this café “Sheru” runs a something like an NGO, where he helps the village kids with their studies. So whatever you eat, some percentage of it goes to their studies.
Also, the best part is you can volunteer in this restaurant for a day or two and in return, you will get food for the full day. This is one of the best things you can experience in a different city, as you get to learn a lot of things.
Another option is my favorite, which I discovered this time only. So if you are someone who loves to eat whole grain bread (Bajre ki roti) made on Chulah (Indian oven) with lots of ghee over it then you have to give your legs some strain.
This small dhaba is located just near Savitri temple; you will be able to locate their Chula. Do give this place a try and I am sure you will fall in love with it.
Places to visit in Pushkar?
Okay, so I want to be brutally honest with you, Pushkar doesn’t have many places to visit. It is a small peaceful village that will give you a very different vibe from your city that is for sure.
If you are someone who loves to visit more and more places, cover the whole city and tick the places you have been to. I am afraid Pushkar is not the right fit for you.
Pushkar is for those people who love slow travel.
Anyways these are the places which you can visit in Pushkar.
Obviously Brahma temple has to be the first place that you visit in Pushkar. It was the first Brahma temple of India and still, there is only 3-4 more Brahma temple in India.
In spite of being known as the “Creator of life,” there are not many temples of Brahma Ji and the one in Pushkar is the first one of them.
Once you reach near the Brahma temple, a lot of shopkeepers will try to convince you to leave your shoes at their shop as it is not allowed to take them for free of cost. But they will try to sell you Prashad in return. But that’s totally okay and your shoes will be safe for sure.
I don’t have any words for this place. Every time I visit it, it looks different and more beautiful than the last time.
It is said to be one of the holiest lakes of India and it is believed that if you take bath in it. It purifies your soul.
If you happen to be in Pushkar, make sure that you are the Ghats of this lake during sunset. You can’t miss the Sunset at any cost.
There are almost 52 ghats at this lake and evening prayers are performed every day, which is also a must thing to see. You will feel so calm and energetic at the same time.
Remember I told you that the bus will leave you just outside the Gurudwara. It is also one of the places to visit in Pushkar. Gurudwara is always a good place to visit and be at peace. Make sure you visit this one.
I can still feel the goosebumps I felt while I was in the ropeway to Savitri temple. It was a Sunday evening and there was quite a rush.
So while we were somewhere in the midway our boogie just stopped and it started to swing. Trust me I had a flashback of all the favorite things I had in my life.
But later I got to know that it had stopped so that they can load more people in other boogies. Phew…
We reached the top in about 10 minutes and the view from there was just stunning, you will see big Aravali range covered all green and the holy Pushkar Lake and the little town. ( You can see all pictures on our Instagram handle @hushguide_)
I had visited this place for the first time and this place has my heart already.
I did regret my decision when the boogie was in the midway swinging but once I reached the top I felt that it was a worth decision.
The best time to be here is early morning before the Sunrise and you can experience one of the best sunrises from here.
Ropeway Ticket Costs – Rs 130 per person.
There are stairs as well, but we were quite tired so we decided to take the ropeway. Anyway, you can always walk up to the temple.
Camel Ride & Jeep Safari
Just near Savitri temple, you will see lots of kids approaching you to have a camel ride, which takes you on a tour of the desert part of Pushkar.
They asked for Rs 100 per person but you can always bargain. Yes, this is the best advice I can give you always bargain while shopping In Pushkar.
You can also go for Jeep Safari which I totally find reckless, but if you enjoy it. This is the place where it is done near Savitri Temple.
Rent a bike:
If you don’t like to walk, then you should rent a bike or scooter in Pushkar. Because you won’t find any other thing option for transportation.
Although the town is just spread in 3kms, you can always find some hidden places if you have your own vehicle.
A scooter here will cost you Rs 300 for a day and you will need to pay Rs 2000 as security and one Id.
Best Time To Visit Pushkar?
What I have personally experienced is that the best time to visit Pushkar is winters or just after the monsoon. This is the time when you will find it in its full glory.
That’s it. It is all yours.
This was it from Pushkar, hope you enjoyed the article.
If you did enjoy it then do share it with your friends and ask them to make a trip to this hippie place soon.
Also, there is one more place that I was not able to visit this time as well which Is the Rose Garden, but if you go here then do visit and also let me know how it is.
See you soon again with my next article. Till then take care.