In my personal experience, there is no denying that the best place to stay in Pushkar is near Pushkar Lake. Everything around Pushkar almost revolves around it. The 12th century man-made Pushkar lake is one of the holiest places in India. It bears immense religious and spiritual implications for devotees and is a bucket-list destination for many travellers around the entire globe.
If you are planning a trip to Pushkar sometime soon, then be wise while taking the big step of deciding accommodations. Take it from me and book the hotels in Pushkar somewhere super close to the lake.
Why should you do that? Here’s why.
The Ghats Of Pushkar
The 52 ghats surrounding the Pushkar lake are the locations of many religious activities. Sitting at the ghats and watching the Hindu devotees perform their rituals is an experience in itself. Most hostels and hotels near the Pushkar lake have a grand view of the ghats. That is what the people want you to know!
It is believed that the lake’s waters have curative powers. You can take a dip in the holy waters of the lake but remember to take your footwear off! Otherwise, you might really piss off the locals.
Some of the popular ghats in Pushkar are the Brahma Ghat, Yag Ghat, Saptrishi Ghat, and Karni Ghat. Gau Ghat is a must mention because that is where the ashes of the great Mahatma Gandhi were spread around.
Beautiful Ancient Architecture
With the numerous ghats, there are hundreds of temples that surround the Pushkar lake. Big or small, the temples of Pushkar are visited by devout bhakts and curious tourists alike. The century-old marble and stone architecture will leave you awestruck. Props to you if you choose a place that is close both to the lake and the artistic temple spaces.
While at Pushkar, don’t miss out on the Brahma temple. It is one of the only temples in the world solely devoted to Lord Brahma and boasts of some vivid architecture in it.
A Taste Of The Global Cuisine
The area around the Pushkar lake is filled dotted with small cafes that cater to tourists and backpackers. A lot of people from all over the world visit this small town all year round. That allows Pushkar to offer its visitors a chance to indulge in cuisines from all over the world.
Many of such cafes and restaurants are attached to the lake-side hotels. You can find some really delicious food here- right from traditional Indian food to continental and Israeli food. Note that since Pushkar is a holy town, restaurants do not serve non-vegetarian food. None at all!
The Pushkar Vibe
The streets around the Pushkar lake maybe narrow and slightly congested – but this is where you can get the actual feel of this historic old town. These paths are lined with tiny shops, old temples, traveller cafes, sweetmeat shops, small parks and people from all walks of life. I am sure a stroll around these areas is going to reveal Pushkar to you in a whole new way.
It’s also a great place to shop if you are looking for some well made local handicrafts and leather products!
Sunsets and Artis at the Lake
Watching the sunset over the lake is a cherry on top if you stay near the Pushkar lake. Imagine sitting in your hostel balcony, watching the sky turn pink and orange with the setting sun. Sounds like a magical way to end the day, doesn’t it?
Once the sun goes down, the lake comes to life with evening aartis and poojas. The lights from the temples and ghats throw a magical reflection on its waters. And at a distance, you can spot the lights leading up to the Savitri temple at the nearby hilltop. It’s a view that can only be seen if you are staying at a hotel near Pushkar lake.
Make the right choice when you are in Pushkar next time. Stay at a hostel near the lake. You can thank me later 😉