Pushkar is a charming small town set on the shores of a sacred lake and has been a popular pilgrimage spot for Hindus. In the 1960s, however, Pushkar was transformed into a favored destination on the famous Hippie Trail and attracted thousands of spiritual travelers to this day.
Many prefer staying for weeks or more at once.
Due to this, Pushkar has a reputation as a tourist destination full of faux hippies, So I initially intended to spend a single night in the city. I wanted to experience the most of it and then head to somewhere more secluded. However, in the end, I was left having a few days in Rajasthan, and I decided to dedicate these to Pushkar.
The city is gorgeous and painted in various pastel hues, but mostly focusing on blue and white, and the many rooftops provide great views with a common sight.
It’s a laid-back, magical vibe and offers great shopping as well as food that is delectable.
It’s a spot where you’ll come around a corner and bump into a camel who is strolling along the road, a spot that allows you to hike through the mountains or wander through the desert sands. It’s also an area where you can make your fortune known or participate in outdoor yoga classes in the morning.
The myth of the city’s beginnings is fascinating -It’s thought that Pushkar was formed after Brahma (the god of creation) defeated the demon by using only one lotus flower. Following the fight, it fell on the surface, resulting in Pushkar Lake. Today, Pushkar remains an important Hindu tourist destination as ardent followers strive to go at least once during their lives.
We’ll share some things you should do when visiting Pushkar and provide some tips on maximizing your time in the city.
1. MANY PEOPLE VISIT FOR THE PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR
The initial purpose behind this festival, Pushkar Camel Fair, is to provide a place for local cattle and camel traders to conduct business. Although the event has become more commercialized and targeted towards tourists, traders continue to bring their animals in the hope of selling their animals to potential buyers.
Once this is out of the way, the fun starts. The festival is transformed into a spectacular show with magicians, musicians as well as snake charmers. There are bridal parades, Rajasthani wrestlers, Ferris wheel, camel race and bazaars. There are plenty of competitions and the best-decorated camel and the most impressive moustache awards being among the most well-known.
Outside of the festival, pilgrims make their journeys to be cleansed of their guilt in the Lake of Pushkar. Hindus from all over India come to the Lake at this time of the year to soak in the holy water of the Lake, and bathers who bathe during the full moon are believed to be blessed with the highest quantity of fortune.
2. YOU’VE GOT TO HEAD TO PUSHKAR LAKE FOR SUNSET
Every evening, about an hour before sunset, everyone gathers at the Lake to observe the sunset. Cows are wandering about as musicians beat drums and chanting, and lots of people snapping photographs of the beautiful landscapes surrounding the Lake. You can also watch the sunset from a rooftop restaurant nearby; however, I prefer walking around the Ghats as I soaked in unpretentious sceneries.
3. PUSHKAR HAS ONE OF THE BEST SHOPPING EXPERIENCES IN RAJASTHAN
One of the best things you can take advantage of in Pushkar is to stock up on souvenirs. The most popular shopping spot in the town is Sadar Bazaar, located on the northern end of Lake. It’s about a kilometre in length and has plenty of items and snacks to purchase. I bought myself a brand-new diary and some earrings, as well as the shawl and 12 hand-painted postcards, which I plan to deliver via my Patreon.
In the vicinity of Sadar Bazaar, you’ll find Sarafa Bazaar, Baza Bazaar and Kedalganj Bazaar, which all offer similar items. There are turbans and saris Rajasthani lamps, puppets, cushions for meditations, wall hangers and purses… practically everything you can dream of.
4. HIKE TO SAVITRI TEMPLE AT SUNRISE OR SUNSET
Although the slender Savitri Mandir isn’t worth more than a look, its views are among the most beautiful from Pushkar. It’s situated atop an adjacent mountain and is just under an hour to get to the top. However, you can also hire an elevator (90Rs/$1.25) If you’re somewhat lazy. It’s worth it, and you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree view across Pushkar Lake as well as the countryside and hills surrounding it.
Most people opt to walk towards the sunrise; however, I believe sunset is the better choice. There’s no need to worry about crossing paths with wild cobras when you walk into the dark, for instance.
5. YOU CAN EVEN JUMP ON A CAMEL SAFARI
Jaisalmer has all the attention and attention when it comes to camel safaris. But it is equally easy to go on a safari in Pushkar. If you’re not in town to attend this year’s Pushkar Camel Fair, you could opt for the alternative and ride a camel to explore the close Thar Desert. The options for safaris range from two hours up to several nights of camping on the beach.