Eternal Pushkar – Rajasthan, India

PUMP UP THE ADRENALIN

Shops in the market hire out both bikes and motorcycles. Trekking buffs can go on the one-and-a-half-hour hike up to Savitri Devi Temple atop Ratnagiri Hill for sublime sunset views over the lake. Post the monsoon, the skies are fabulous canvasses of delight.

View of Pushkhar from the Savitri Temple Hill

The adventure buffs amongst us went off on their own to explore villages nearby. I’m supposed to join friends on a camel ride to the dunes on cooler days, in September. A friend had talked about the fabulous horse safari he had taken some foreign friends on after the monsoon. If you enjoy horse riding, you will have the privilege of riding Kathiawar and Marwari mounts bred here. A good place to go is Shannu’s Riding School.

THE INFORMATION

LOCATION: Cocooned by the Aravali Hill on three sides and sand dunes, the holy town of Pushkar is located on the outskirts of the Thar Desert. It is separated by the Nag Pahar from Ajmer (10km/mins), the main railhead.
GETTING THERE:
By AIR: Jaipur’s Sangager Airport is 146km away and is connected to Delhi and other major cities.
By RAIL: Ajmer Railway Station is now connected to Delhi by the Ajmer Shatabdi and Pink City Express.
By ROAD: Taxis and car rentals are available outside the station for drives to Pushkar, less than an hour away.
WHERE TO STAY: Pushkar now has a rage of heritage hotels and guesthouses on offer. Ananta Spa & Resort, al Leela Sevri Village, 4km from Pushkar, is an excellent choice if you enjoy luxury. The vila rooms offer private balconies with garden views and open air bathrooms. There’s an outdoor pool and health club at the spa which offers a range of treatments and also arranges yoga and meditation. Bhanwar Singh Palace, located in nearby Hokra village, is a spanking new offering with 61 rooms with private terraces, a swimming pool and spa services.

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