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From Pushkar to Udaipur with Love. "Perks of not being a Wallflower"


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Photos of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India 1/5 by Souvik Mandal
Photos of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India 2/5 by Souvik Mandal
Photos of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India 3/5 by Souvik Mandal
Photos of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India 4/5 by Souvik Mandal
Photos of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India 5/5 by Souvik Mandal
Photos of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 1/3 by Souvik Mandal
Photos of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 2/3 by Souvik Mandal
Photos of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 3/3 by Souvik Mandal

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The Holy land of Rajasthan belongs to Israelis more than it does to us! Perhaps, they might even come back thinking of their Retirement plans. Having said that there are even Restaurants and cafes where food menu, flyers are advertised in Israeli. Needless to say, hard to decode. It was quite intriguing and fascinating at the same time. The Hippie vibes add its own charm to the town.

Day 1 I arrived in Pushkar early in the morning boarding an unreserved crampy bus, nevertheless my mind was in high spirits as I like to keep it spontaneous and unplanned while I am traveling. By the way, if you can manage to afford a Cab, It won’t hurt your back and would be much more convenient. But then I prefer to enjoy cheap thrills!

I chose to stay at Zostel Pushkar. I had Palak paneer and Butter Naan which did taste like heaven. After a while, when I was done appeasing my appetite. Fortunately, I met Julia with whom I played Holi at Jaipur . We got into talking and in the next flash moment, I was invited for the Road trip to the hills of Pushkar to view the Sunset with Abi, Laurence, Emily, and Georgia.

We all restricted ourselves in one Tuk-Tuk. We were then lead to the TOLFA(Tree of life for Animals) Veterinary clinic where all the street animals are being brought and are treated under an autonomous non-profit establishment by Rachel Wright who has sacrificed luxurious Pleasures and has been putting effort into saving lives since more than a decade of her stay in India.

Our next pit stop was Aloo Baba’s temple “weird his name is” locals say he ends up eating Aalo all day and night that is how he owned this call name but then this Baba has been living in the forests since decades who has constructed this Kal Bhairav temple by himself. Mostly travelers were seen around smoking up! I didn’t take it offensively, Baba encourages them after all!

Time was already close to enjoy the Relaxing view of the sunset from the hills which was a treat to the eyes and rejuvenating for our tired soul. We got back in Tuk-tuk and had no better option than hearing the Justin Beiber Track. I couldn’t get it off my head the entire night.

Nonetheless having Kingfishers and on top of it, Glass of Mild Bhole bhang lassi shared with Abi. It did help me keep my sanity. After numerous times of fooling around by passing the lassi to each other again and again, thankfully she gulped it more than I did. After all, I had two beers to quench my thirst.

The slice of pizza which you see right next to Emily is “Spinachi Blah Blah” Pizza, it was so fucking good that Dominos and PizzaHut should consider knowing their secret recipe. And all this mouth watering dishes were served at Pushkar “holy shrine” capital of Rajasthan which seems pretty much Ironical to me!

Day 2 Laurence and I had to Stuff cash into our wallets so we got out of our cozy bunker bed and went on for the ATM quest ended up searching every nook and corner of Pushkar holy streets. Of all the Stupid ATM machines Laurence finally got lucky! ING Vysya ATM which was not out of order. We heaved a sigh of relief.

We decided to call up our gang and put our empty bellies in peace by having pancakes, Falafel, Brownie, pasta, all kinds of shakes at Honey & Spice Cafe. Our hunger drifted back into the closet. Afterwards, it was pretty much the same usual strolling around the markets in Hustle & Bustle. Finally, the time had come to depart from Pushkar and most of us left the very night in our own destinations parting goodbyes and hoped to stay in touch.

I didn’t get to stay here for long but no matter what the city didn’t have to wait long to make me fall in love with the Pacholi Lake and the mesmerizing beauty of the castles and the breathtaking view from the Bunkyard hostel. I did my best here to blend with travelers in no time. The following evening and night ended up in gabfest. Kingfisher Beers soothed my mind and made me feel mellow. The events folded itself into making an unforgettable memory to remember by. The next day I stuffed my “street shopping” into my rucksack and flew out of Rajasthan with Noel Wong.


Well, I have my quirky way of telling tales by now you have got the hint!

My Recommendations to Stay, Eat and Explore

  • Zostel in Pushkar and Bunkyard in Udaipur (Chill Time)
  • Honey & Spice Cafe, Laurel’s Cafe in Pushkar and Bunkyard Restaurant (for Brunch)
  • Brahma Temple,Aalo BABA Pit Stop,Pushkar Hills and Main Bazaar in Pushkar.(Wander time )
  • City Palace & Boat Ride in Pacholi Lake at Udaipur. (Casual Strolling) and Sunset point-Monsoon Palace (Which I missed)

This trip was originally published on Wherever you go, go with all your heart!

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