One of India’s oldest cities, Pushkar India


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Brightly colored homes are the norm
This is not like India. It sure looks and smells like it and the people certainly speak Hindi. But the feel, the vibe, is just not like India. It’s far better and that’s not to say I don’t like India, but this is a place where you can roam around and not be pummeled by every street vendor. This is a place where you can relax, eat great food hang out and let your worries drift off into the abyss.

Pushkar india is truly a unique destination to visit in India. I was there in April just before it started to get hot and the crowd had moved on further north. From what I was told it does get busier during the few months leading up to April, so Ash (fellow travel buddy) and I definitely scored it with just the right amount of people. Not too many people to be overcrowded, but enough people to not make it feel like a ghost town.
Coming into the bus station (a dirt patch where we departed the bus with a few shanti looking huts selling processed foods) you will be hassled by taxi and tuk-tuk drivers. Just ignore them as you can quite simply find the main strip which also contains your home away from home, the guest houses. In Pushkar the room prices are very cheap and there are lots of places to stay. There too are many delicious restaurants, making it hard to choose where to eat.
Old doors and alley ways are cool

 

One place I highly recommend eating at is the Rainbow Restaurant, a place I too was alsorecommended to go to.  My very first visit there I asked if the nacho’s were with corn chips or bread.  Yes I am one of those gluten free guys (coeliac disease) although I wish I wasn’t because it’s especially hard when you’re travelling. So the answer was yes to the corn chips and I ordered the nachos. There was clearly a misunderstanding with the language barrier (whether it was mine or his) because when they came out the “chips” were just baked slices of bread. I was devastated not just because I wanted nachos but because I couldn’t eat the meal that looked mouth-wateringly delightful. I told the man “I am terribly sorry but I can’t eat this” and he replied with a grin “okay I will make you something else, what would you like”. So before I even tasted the delicious food I knew I was in the right spot, so go there.
Something I should warn you of is the transport situation to Pushkar. If you are going by train, the closest station is Ajmer. From there you can either bus or catch a cab, which takes around 30 minutes to get into Pushkar.
This little old lady sat here all day every day

 

Besides the chilled out friendly people. Pushkar is a super photogenic city, which I loved. Being one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in India, I could leisurely walk around all day without  being hassled taking photos here there and everywhere.  So if you are overwhelmed in India or are heading to India but want to ease yourself into it, preventing such a culture shock,  Pushkar is for you. Also if you do plan to go to India and this town isn’t on the list, I urge you to add it.
Looking to travel to India and would like me to shed some light? Please ask away, I am happy to help.
Cows are sacred and hang out on the streets
I think this building needs a repaint?

 

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