After a successful trip of Delhi, Punjab and Kashmir in February 2019 my group of friendly ladies asked me to organise another trip.
Rajasthan was chosen along with Agra and Delhi. In Rajasthan, Jaipur and Udaipur are very well known but Pushkar is not known so well.
The trip started on the 1st of the 11th month of the year with 11 ladies for 11 days. The two best days were the days in Pushkar hence I chose to share some brief details on our wonderful trip.
Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the Northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan. It’s set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 stone staircases where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th Century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the God of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins.
Lake Pushkar is also known as Pushkar Sarovar. It is believed that God Brahma dropped a lotus flower from heaven and the flowers fell down at the location of the lake and spring water came. Thereafter it is believed that the water is holy and the location became known as Lake Pushkar. The best time to be at the lake is on the first day of the Camel Festival. It is the most spectacular and mesmerising time of the evening just to sit around the lake. The entire perimeter of the lake was lit up.
Being a holy city, everyone from Pushkar are vegetarians and you cannot find any restaurant who will serve meat.
They encourage visitors to stay in tents to experience a different feeling as in hotels. Our stay in “Aagman Glamping” was just beyond expectation. We never imagine that staying in tents could be so comfortable. It was almost like a five star hotel. Amazing service and all purely vegetarian meals provided, we did not complain at all for going vegetarian for 2 days because the food provided were so delicious.
One does not have to go out to shop, there are few shops in around the tents. “Happy hours’ drinks available on sale in the evenings to enjoy while watching dancers and fire shows
The Camel Festival is the main attraction of Pushkar. Spending 2 days is sufficient though to experience the festival although the festival runs for 9 days. Hundreds of camels all over the city with highlight of camel’s decoration and camel dancing competitions.
In the evening you watch the Kalbeliya dance on the sand dunes whilst watching the sunset is a must.
Thanks to Paradise Holidays India, Mr. KK Gupta and Aagman Aircon Super Luxury Tents, Mr. Rajesh Tanwar – all of us had the most wonderful time of our lives.
Author – Manjit Walia