After Jaipur, our plan was to go to New Delhi, but we started receiving messages from our friends saying “You have to go to Pushkar! It’s amazing!”.
Therefore, we googled it but didn’t seem like there was something special about it. As a result, one day before leaving Jaipur we decided to just go with the flow and booked a bus there.
Most importantly, we fell in love with this backpacker paradise and didn’t want to leave anymore. I couldn’t even make an itinerary for Pushkar because it is all about relaxing. There is not much to see or to do, but to enjoy the food, meet new people and have a good time.
Things to do
First of all, this is the place for shopping.
From silver jewelry and crystals to yoga clothes and dresses, you can find anything and at very good prices, depending on your skills.
Tip: Bargain hard! (I negociated the price of a dress from 750Rs to 350Rs)
You can go on a 15 minutes hike to Savitri Temple. From here you can watch probably the most beautiful sunset in India.
The Holy Lake
You can also watch the sunset and enjoy the beautiful view over the lake, the pelicans and the daily Hindu ceremony at the Ghats.
Tip: Don’t get tricked into buying flowers to throw in the lake for good luck because you’ll get charged a lot of money.
Certainly wouldn’t recommend getting henna tattoos here because the women trick you into buying expensive food for their kids.
Where to stay
We booked 4 nights at Suri Guest House and we recommend it above all for the nice vibe. Therefore, the cozy terrace, the warm couple that owns the place and the cleanliness of the rooms makes it great.
We also recommend the hostel Elephant Pushkar where our friends stayed. We’ve spent almost all day in their garden doing yoga and playing volleyball.
Where to eat
First of all, they serve amazing Laffas with falafel (100Rs – 1,24€) or vegetarian burgers (50Rs – 0,60€) and most noteworthy, the Mars Nutella Naan (170Rs – 2,11€).
Also, you have to try the Special Lassi, but we’ll let you discover what’s the “special” ingredient. Meanwhile, I’ll just give you a hint: it’s green and it will make you crave that Mars Nutella Naan after.
Great food, probably one of the best in town for its variety, however, the prices are a bit higher than in most Indian restaurants.
How to get to Pushkar
We took a bus from Jaipur Bus Station. It was 290Rs (3,60€) for both of us and we arrived there in 3’30 hours.
Once you arrive there, you don’t need to worry about transportation because you can walk anywhere without needing a tuk-tuk.
In short, Pushkar is a dreamy village where you can easily lose track of time. In addition, it disconnects you from the usual Indian chaos.
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