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If you yet haven’t heard of Pushkar, I’m going to give you 10 reasons to visit.
I first visited Pushkar in 2015 and it was still a bit of a hidden gem at this stage. Now it’s not really a secret, in
Pushkar is the ultimate escape from India’s fast-paced, hectic cities. I won’t say it’s totally chilled: it’s still India so locals will want your photo and those horns will always beep! But it’s certainly no Delhi or Jaipur. Here you’ll find peaceful cafes, fresh veggie food and serene lakeside views. If you need a break from India’s madness, you can’t do better than Pushkar.
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Pushkar is a holy city in Rajasthan on the edge of the Thar Desert. The whitewashed town feels breezy and peaceful so it’s easy to forget about the landscape that surrounds it. Seek out a hilltop view and you’ll see rolling desert for miles around. You’ll also see people riding by on camels.
Set around 52 lakeside ghats where locals wash,
Pushkar is home to Brahmaji Temple, a rare temple dedicated to Hindu creator-god, Brahma. For this reason, Indians from all over take pilgrimages to Pushkar. And for that reason, they are countless sweet shops so
So, what’s good in Pushkar? Why would you come here and what can you do? Pushkar isn’t jam-packed with activities but that’s part of the charm. The slower pace of life is why you should visit.
Getting to Pushkar
There’s no train station in Pushkar, the closest is Ajmer Junction a 30-minute drive away. For that reason, I’d recommend taking the bus. From Jaipur to Pushkar is a 4-hour ride.
So with no further ado, here are a list of reasons to visit Pushkar!
1. Amazing desert scenery
India is so diverse. It’s easy to see many different types of scenery during one trip. Snowy mountains, beautiful beaches, arid deserts – they’re all here.
For desert scenery, it doesn’t get much better than Pushkar (apart from maybe Jaisalmer further north-west). One of the best things I did in Pushkar was summit the hill to Savitri Mata Temple. I took the rickety cable car but you can also climb the steps if you’re more sporty than me.
By heading up Pushkar’s main hill, you really get a real lay of the land. Do it at sunrise or sunset for the best views and photos.
2. It’s home to temples not found elsewhere in India
With so many temples and forts in India, I was keen to find something different or unusual, hence why I enjoyed visiting India’s main Sikh temple in Amritsar. Pushkar’s Brahmaji Temple is unique; the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma. This popular pilgrimage site made of marble and stone located beside the holy lake was built 600 years ago.
You can’t take photos inside this temple; I wasn’t even allowed to take my camera inside (they offered a locker service at the front gate). I’d recommend just visiting Brahmaji just to look around and make visual memories.
Related activity: divine Pushkar walking tour
3. Peaceful vibes at Pushkar Lake
Pushkar Lake is a highly spiritual place. Even though I’m not religious and I don’t relate to it on that level, there’s something very therapeutic about this area. Locals in
When I think back to my first trip to India in 2015, peaceful Pushkar Lake comes to mind. That’s part of the reason I wanted to re-visit this charming town.
Lots of Pushkar cafes offer gorgeous lakeside views. I’d especially recommend the rooftop cafe at
4. Sunsets for days
Peaceful Pushkar is a great place to experience a sunset. During this time of day, gentle religious chants echo over the lake while tourists and locals alike sit on the steps.
Where to see sunset in Pushkar? I usually avoid the uber-touristy restaurants but I was starving at sunset time so
If you have two nights in Pushkar, spend one here and another at Savitri Mata Temple at the top of the hill.
5. So many cool cafes
Pushkar is cafe heaven. I had this French press coffee at U-Turn Hotel, which I already mentioned, but there are plenty of other peaceful spots to read a book and sample tasty veggie food and coffee.
Some of my
6. Colourful (and cheap!) shopping
Throughout my first stops in India, people told me I should hold out for Pushkar. I can confirm this is a sensible move!
The main streets are lined with some of the most vibrant and
opps (and grammable doorways!) everywhere
Seriously, isn’t Pushkar just heaven? Wandering the dreamy backstreets and snapping pink buildings, detailed doorways and Hindu temples is the perfect way to spend a morning.
8. The foooood!
I mean, the food is a reason to visit anywhere in India if I’m honest! The food in Rajasthan is particularly good. Pushkar is a great place to get stuck in because there’s such a blend of local and tourist places. If you’re easing your stomach into India gently, you can sample milder Indian curries in gorgeous cafe surroundings.
If you’re confident and ready to dive in, there’s tons of affordable street food.
Related activity: Pushkar food tour
One of the best things I did in Pushkar
The tasty falafel is another reason to visit Pushkar. Due to a lot of Israelis taking trips to India, the cuisine has slipped into the culture. Now you can’t walk down the main street without fresh, garlicky falafel wafting under your nose.
9. Endless temples to explore
Surely there are few towns as small as Pushkar with quite so many temples. I thought Chiang Mai was temple-dense with over 300 but Pushkar has over 500. I’m not sure the smaller ones can be visited by tourists as they’re hidden away on the outskirts or even on private properties.
Even so, temple fans have a reason to visit Pushkar. I’ll admit I’d seen a lot by the time I arrived but I enjoyed wandering the streets and stumbling across them anyway.
10. It’s safe
Pushkar is easily one of the best places in India for solo female travel so there’s no need to worry about security. There are plenty of friendly hostels and the locals are used to seeing foreign tourists.
I hope you enjoyed these reasons to visit Pushkar! I’ve yet to hear of anyone not falling in love with it. I hope I’ll be back for round 3 sometime soon 🙂
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