As the season changes and the scorching heat is pacified, travellers are heading towards the sultry state ofRajasthan. Being a cycle traveller I’ve pedalled the length and breadth of royal Rajasthan and have come across some splendid spheres here. Pushkar, the holy town, is the place I’ve explored the most and still find it mystic. Nestled amidst of hills this town inherits its name from the lake in its centre which has mythological importance. The tranquil town tempts everyone be it a backpacker, a solo wanderer, a hitch hiker, a biker or a cyclist with all its serene sanctity.
So here is my take on the things to do in Pushkar:
1. Stroll and Shop:
Explore the exotic markets of Pushkar by walking around and roaming through narrow lanes. Just don your hat and sport your shades on and you’re good to go. You will be left eye-struck by the shops of big oil paintings, beaded jewellery, flashy trinkets and traditional wears among others. Be smart and earn your Bargain.
2. Shoot and Scoot:
The pristine countryside, golden sand, houses with hued walls, rippling waves of holy lake, children diving into the lake, painters with their strokes, preachers offering prayers, gypsies playing the chords and walls with graffiti all these eye-striking scenes waits for the apertures of your cameras to be opened up and your focus. So just fix your camera lenses in, zoom in and out, choose your angle and click. You’ve got it… a memory for life!!
3. Soak in the Spiritual stint:
If you are a Spirituality Seeker then you’ve descended at the right place. This holy town, with a whopping number of temples, gives appealing vibes to every religious devotee. Visit the only temple of Lord ‘Brahma’ on earth and ‘Rangji’ temple and listen to the mythological stories sitting on the 52 ‘Ghats’ (steps) of the holy ‘Sarovar’ (lake).
4. Sublime Sunset:
Walk to the Jaipur Ghat and complacently watch the shining Sun setting down and pouring its scintillating rays down in the unruffled holy lake. Spend your evening here with this enchanting view and with daily traditional musicperformances that will put you into a trance.
5. Splurge on local cuisine:
Devour on the delectable delicacies and quench your gustatory sensations here.. If you have a sweet tooth then‘Maalpua’ (Indian Pancake) is here with all its crisp and sweetness. Made of refined flour and lavish with pureclarified butter, is served hot and fresh.
For some spicy flavours go for ‘’Falafel Wraps’’, the flat bread stuffed with tomatoes and chopped vegetables with curd spread.
And for the love of some Italian, French and Mexican food temptations head to some restaurants with technicolour graffiti like La Pizzeria, Nirvana rooftop restaurant and Pink Floyd.
Pushkar has a great public transport connectivity. It’s Just 14 km far from Ajmer city and 140 km far from Jaipur city.
With a festive season ahead and a nice weather for travel, plan your trip to romp in this confluence of spirituality and modernity.