This article was first published in Whisk Affair, a food blog by Neha Mathur.
We did a 16-day trip to Rajasthan visiting Pushkar, Ajmer, Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Jaipur. We hired a taxi from Jaipur and covered these destinations one by one.
Pushkar was the first leg of our long journey through one of the most traditional and colourful states in India, Rajasthan. Pushkar, the city famous for being founded by Lord Brahma, is situated about 12 km north west of Ajmer. We drove from Jaipur, starting at about 7.30am on an excellent four-lane highway all the way up to Ajmer. About an hour into the drive, we stopped at a dhaba called Hotel Radhaswami for some chai and breakfast. However, we could not resist having some hot and delicious tandoori stuffed parathas (one of the best parathas I have had in recent times). We reached Ajmer at around 10.30am and checked into Hotel Regal, a fairly decent overnight place with available guest parking. Since the check-in was available only after noon, we left our luggage at the front desk and left for Pushkar.
The road from Ajmer to Pushkar is single lane and goes through small hills, so it took us about half an hour to cover the distance.
We first headed towards the all-too-famous cattle fair. Few points to consider:
- Try to get the fair itinerary in advance and mark the events you would want to visit. The events are generally far away from one another and you don’t want to miss your favorite ones.
- Reach ten minutes early to grab the front seats.
- Since the event is crowded, beware of pickpockets.
We chose to see the camel fair which included camel dress-up and camel dance competitions. See the photo blog here.
After doing a quick camel ride on the back of a beautifully dressed up camel, we headed towards the ghats. While you drive towards the ghats, beware of so-called local pandits, who will pester you to take them along or show you the way. If you do need to perform a pooja, you can get a pandit at the ghat itself.
We spent some time sitting at the ghat, enjoying the beauty and looking at colourful religious followers taking a dip in the pond. Later, we walked through the streets towards the Brahma Temple. It’s best to shop for knick-knacks from the shops that sell pottery, decorations, clothes and artificial jewellery.
It was also great to click portraits, children dressed as goddesses, sadhus. We spent some more time on the streets and had a kulhad chai before deciding to head to Ajmer.
Read the full blog post here. For information on events around Pushkar such as camel safaris, hot air balloon rides, quad biking, jeep safaris, para motoring and staying in luxury tents, visit BookMyShow.