Pushkar – a town in Rajasthan that holds utmost importance for Hindu and Sikh pilgrims also has a lot for travellers to explore, which has made it one of the more popular places in Rajasthan among foreign travellers. To explain simply, it’s a great mix between Varanasi (for the ghats), Udaipur (for the pristine lake), Hampi (for the spiritual vibe), Jaisalmer (for the desert) and Arambol (for being the backpackers den). In fact, on my way I met some English women who were staying there for three months, and this was their repeat trip to India just so they could stay in Pushkar, soak in the local culture, learn local-style cooking and learn Hindi. Well, yes, that’s Pushkar for you!
How to get to Pushkar form Jaipur or Ajmer:
Pushkar is located just around 10 kms from the city of Ajmer and can be accessed by auto or bus. However, if you’re on a budget, the bus is your best choice. It takes around 30 minutes to get there and along the way you are treated to some fabulous stories (like the one I told you about). Infact, I met a European travelling musician who spoke to me at length about the difference between the street music scene in Europe and India, and how he can earn enough in the Europe by doing odd-jobs (including that of a waiter or chef) for a few months and travel during the rest of the year. I don’t remember his name as I write this, but he was somebody I’d love to meet again. I also chatted up with a few local ladies (in Hindi – though none of us knew Hindi fluently) and played with some local kids, all during the bumpy hot ride through the desert.