After Udaipur, i was in a dilemma whether i'll be able to fall for any other city in rajasthan. In order to decide that i planned a road trip with my friends to pushkar. Pushkar is a enticing interplay of history and mythology that makes it must visit city in Rajasthan. Since i reside in Delhi, Pushkar was suitable for a road-trip. Pushkar has very well road connectivity from Delhi. Approximate distance for pushkar from Delhi is 416 kilometers via NH48 and it takes around 8-9 hours to reach.
There are other ways to reach pushkar as well.
By Air: The nearest airport to pushkar is Jaipur, which is 140 kilometers away. The airport is well connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, kolkata. Once you reach airport you can hire a cab to pushkar.
By Bus: This isn't the most convenient options for people travelling from elongated distant cities. However, buses are easily available for Ajmer from cities like Delhi, Jaipur from where you can reach pushkar with help of State transport buses.
By train: You can reach Ajmer Railway station which is well connected from cities like delhi and jaipur and take a bus or cab for a 30 minute journey to pushkar.
Now, that you've reached. Here are 6 reasons you need to know why you are pushing up pushkar in your cities to visit bucket list for 2019.
1. City of Temples.
Pushkar is very well renown holy city among Hindu community & considered as a place of Hindu pilgrimage because of its holy lake and temples.
The number of temples in pushkar is more than 400, the Brahma temple is most famous of them all. The remarkable thing is it is the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is closely associated with pushkar lake. Brahma is one the Hindu trinity Brahma,Vishnu and Maheshwar ; three gods representing creation, sustenance and destruction.
Savitri temple is one of the most renowned temples among 400 other temples. Savitri temple is at a hill top. Visitors can either trek to the hill top(i.e is a some strenuous work) or take a ride in cable car and enjoy the extravagant view of this city. i certainly tried both.
2. Pushkar lake
Pushkar lake is one the major attractions of the city. you can stroll around the lake and experience the peaceful vibe. The lake is surrounded by 52 different ghats of different religious significance. Legends say when lord Brahma killed demon vajranabha, petals fell from his divine Lotus hence forming the lake.
Pushkar lake is a great place to sit and relax in the evening and experience the serene surroundings. You have to take your shoes off to walk around(you can carry them with you) and it is a beautiful sight in the evening. There are rooftop cafe's at ghats and its an extraordinary place to get a view from the top of this gorgeous lake.I experienced one of the best sunsets of my life at one of the rooftop cafe's.
Yes, you heard it right. This is one of the experience you'll cherish once you're in pushkar. With vast variety leather bags, wall hangings, handicrafts/souvenirs, jewellery and clothes at very cheap rates. personally it was a heaven for me since the bookworm in me was satisfied with bookstores and handmade stationary. Only thing is you need to be at top of your bargaining game and you'll have a experience you wont forget.
4. Accommodation (something for everyone)
Pushkar has something to offer to every type of traveler, from luxurious Resorts to budget hotels and Hostels for backpackers. Here are some of my recommendations.
1. Westin Pushkar spa & resorts.
You can satisfy your hunger for finest of luxury at this beautiful resort just on the outskirts of Pushkar.
2.Hotel kanhiya haveli.
A decent budget hotel with all the amenities you expect from a budget hotel.
Pushkar is packed with mind blowing hostels and has some renown hostel chains of india right in the heart of the city. you can find likes of zostel,mad-packers, backpacker panda & elephant pushkar for very cheap prices.
5. Food and Eateries
rajasthan is famous for it's street food and Kachori is a dish that is a local Rajasthani favourite. It is no wonder then that the kachori makers it to the top of almost every street food vendor’s menu. Deep fried and served hot, a kachori is best eaten with a sweet or mildly spiced sauce and a hot cup of tea.
Try, Shri Pushkar Raj Shahi Kachori Samosa Bhandar
likes of samosas and falafels is must try when you're in pushkar.
Pushkar also has number of cafe's which caters European cuisine as well. Especially rooftop cafe's on the ghats of pushkar lake are to look out for. you're in for one of the most picturesque sunsets of your life if you manage find a perfect spot in cafe :)
6. Hidden gem of rajasthan
Pushkar is tucked away in hills of rajasthan. Beautiful landscapes and a heaven for sunset suckers like me. The whole vibe around the city is relaxed and chilled out. You can experience the authentic rajasthani culture up close.
There is a pushkar mela , annual camel fair organised later in november every year in pushkar which in itself is a reason to visit this beautiful city.unfortunately i couldn't cover this time but i am definitely will next time.
Pushkar has been a decision i will cherish and the memories of lifetime i'll take with me wherever i am in this beautiful world.