Pushkar Unveiled For The Backpacker
How to spend a day in Pushkar
- Early morning trek (45 min) to temple of Savitri Devi on the hill. Savitiri is the wife of Brahma, who sits gazing down upon her husband’s temple in a rage that has lasted centuries.
- Check out the various Ghats of Pushkar during the day .
- Visit the temple of Brahma.
- Take a walk round the marketplace.
Dos & don’ts in Pushkar
- Try the Falafel at Doctor’s Cafe
- Spend sunset at a ghat
- Don’t drink alcohol. Pushkar is a microdot on the map. The 4 km by 4 km walled town of Pushkar is an ancient religious place. Consumption of alcohol is banned, as well as disrespectful.
- Avoid Bhang Lassi
- Don’t fall prey to Brahmin priests asking you to conduct a small pooja (ceremony) by the ghat. This is a scam, and at the end of the ritual they will ask you for a donation (money).
Accommodation & Costs in Pushkar
You will find many budget guest houses at Pushkar. My personal favourites are Namaste & Peacock House.
- Namaste is run by an Indian man, and his non Indian wife. Beautiful people, good Wifi, peaceful place. Great location. I paid INR 400 for a non AC, spacious, basic room
- Peacock house is situated outside the walled limit of Pushkar. The Cafe is beautiful, and the food, delicious. This is a favourite spot for Israeli tourists/backpackers. A non AC, basic, clean room costs approx INR 700 to INR 1000 per night.