A Fleeting Glimpse of Pushkar

by Mridula on August 14, 2013

in Birds,Canon D550,Cell phone photography,Hotels,India,Photography,Rajasthan

When the good folks at Sewara Hospitality asked me if I would like to visit their Pushkar Resort I was quite happy. I picked up the long weekend due to Eid as my date. I was taking a Volvo to Ajmer from Bikaner House. I was traveling with Ambica from The Humming Notes. The weather was awesome but as soon as we approached Rajiv Chowk (the Gurgaon one) we realized that the traffic was diverted because of Eid. It was a long detour and we reached quite late at the Pushkar Resort in the end.

Sunset at Pushkar Resorts, Pushkar

Sunset at Pushkar Resorts, Pushkar, Rajasthan

In fact this was the evening sky at reception when we did the check in. Both Ambica and I were longing for tea. And tea with pakoras was the first thing we had. Ambica enjoyed mirchi ka pakora whereas I attacked the other deep fried stuff. Both of us were forced to skip lunch as the bus never stopped for lunch. Before I could even blink, it was time for dinner. We enjoyed the Indian food buffet with a glass of wine.

Our Rooms at Pushkar Resort, Pushkar

 Our Rooms at Pushkar Resort, Pushkar

The resort is spread out and each cluster has a few rooms around a lawn. These were our rooms. After dinner all I wanted was to crash but somehow sleep eluded me. I slept after 11.30 pm in spite of being quite tired. And yet magically I woke up at 6.15 in the morning. It was completely overcast hence there was no sunrise for me.  In fact, the clouds were hanging so low that it gave the impression of a hill station rather than desert city!

A Red Vented Bulbul

A Red Vented Bulbul at Pushkar Resort

But I was still happy as there were so many birds at the resort! I will actually do a separate post on the birds I clicked at Pushkar Resort. In the monsoon the place was so green. I looked at the swimming pool but decided to give it a miss in the end as we were going to explore the Pushkar City in the morning and then head for Lakshman Sagar.

Pottery on the Wall, Pushkar Resort, Pushkar

Pottery on the Wall, Pushkar Resort, Pushkar

After breakfast it was time to head out to the city. Before going I decided that the pottery on the wall was really pretty and it had to be clicked. It was a short but nice stay at Pushkar Resort for me.

Wild Sunflowers near Pushkar, Rajasthan

Wild Sunflowers near Pushkar, Rajasthan

While coming into the city I had taken notice of this field. I was determined to stop and click a picture on our way back. And as I said Pushkar had such a hill station feel to it during my entire stay.

Pushkar Sarovar, Pushkar, Rajathan

Pushkar Sarovar, Pushkar, Rajathan

Pushkar is a small town which has a sacred sarovar (lake) a renowned Brahma Temple and a small market apart from the famous Pushkar Cattle Fair held yearly. Our first stop was the Pushkar Sarovar. People try to rope you in for a pooja as soon as you enter these parts but they are not too pushy. After a few firm nos we were left alone to walk around the lake. As the lake is sacred shoes have to be removed. There were pigeons flying around the place. Cows also consider the space to be their own. Prayers were being performed at various ghats. Add to this scene a wet surface due to the rains and the picture is almost complete.

Glitter at the Pushkar Market, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Glitter at the Pushkar Market, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar has a small market on the outskirts of the lake. It sells all things shiny and we strolled there for a while. I cannot go home without buying something for my daughter and niece (generally nephews and sister too) so I bought lehengas for them. I would have liked to stroll for longer but we had to visit the temple, stop at Ajmer Sharif Dargah and head to Lakshman Sagar all in the same day.

The Brahma Temple, Pushkar

The Brahma Temple, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Our last stop at Pushkar was the Brahma Temple which is said to be most prominent Brahma Temple in the world. I am not strong on mythology but the present Jagatpita Brahma Temple dates back to 14th century and the original was 2000 years old. I am not particularly religious but it is fascinating to see the faith all around. They let you take only your cell phone and wallet inside the temple and nothing else. There are lockers for safekeeping but Ambica and I took turns to go and watch the handbags we carried. So the picture above is from my cell phone.

After this we were headed to Ajmer to visit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah and then continue to Lakshman Sagar.

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sushmitha August 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Nice coverage on Pushkar ! Wonderful captures :)

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Happy to hear that you liked it!

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Shrinidhi Hande August 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Nice and colourful

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Shrinidhi good to see you here!

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My Say August 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Pushkar looks amazing . I never thought it to be that green and the pink sky .. ooh what a treat to the eyes these snaps are Mridula Ma’m! Amazing !!

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

My Say it was the monsoon magic otherwise the place is quite dry.

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Anki S August 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I love the bulbul..Such a beautiful capture,wow Mridula,I am really impressed with your photography.Next time I come Delhi,please give me some training :)

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Anki :D we can chat and try and meet the next time you are in Delhi.

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The Young Bigmouth August 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I had a different experience and wrote a wholly different post on the place. You photos are very romantic, though. My highpoint was the Sunset Point and the amazing food there.

http://theyoungbigmouth.com/2013/07/13/a-night-in-pushkar/

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Checking out your post straight away :D

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shaivi August 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Nice one! Pushkar is on my “to go” list!

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Hope you will have a great trip Shaivi.

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Avinash Gupta August 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I love going to Pushkar. I remember going their with my parents. Place straight from the post cards. Nice post

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm

This was my first visit and I would certainly like to go back. :D

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Debopam Banerjee August 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

Wonderful clicks of a beautiful place……………..

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Thank you for stopping by and your kind words!

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Lady Fi August 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Your pictures are beautiful. I love that bird one .

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I am so partial to the birds!

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awesome pics (@awesomepics007) August 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

wow very bful pics of Pushkar:-)

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Mridula August 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Pushkar is a beautiful place, this was just a small trip, wish I would go back again.

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Niranjan August 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm
Mridula August 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Pushkar is a beautiful place Niranjan.

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