Surrounded by the Thar desert and circled by the Aravalli hills Pushkar’s main thoroughfare runs along the north-western fringes of the holy Pushkar Lake. Legend has it that it was created by the tears of Lord Shiva, which he is believed to have shed after the death of his wife, Sati. Our pick of the best places to stay in Pushkar reflect Rajasthani traditions whilst providing a comfortable stay.
Formerly a quiet town, frequented only by wandering holy men and religious devotees it has grown in size and popularity over the last few years. Today it sees a steady flow of tourists, particularly backpackers, traversing its streets.
Located just a couple of hours from Jaipur it makes for a welcomed relaxing stop before or after the frenetic ‘purs’ of Rajasthan. It offers an excellent way to experience the kaleidoscopic state of Rajasthan at a slower tempo.
A must see is the market, which is awash with colour and the smell of rose water and incense.
Wake up early and take a walk to Savitri temple. A vertiginous climb you are treated to far reaching views across the town and Aravalli mountain range at the top.
Head into the Thar desert for a camel safari, a great way to explore the surrounding sand dunes.
Each November the town hosts the Pushkar Camel Fair, the largest cattle market in the world.
The Ajmer dargah, the tomb of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti is a scenic thirty minute drive from town. Visit on a Friday to experience the intoxicating qawwalis.
It is worth noting that Pushkar, being such a sacred sight is a dry town and you will not find meat or eggs in the restaurants. However this means that there are some excellent vegan restaurants!
Try to visit between October and March for the best weather, as during the summer months it is punishingly hot.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Pushkar are all well priced and welcoming stays.
The global chains have not yet made their way to Pushkar and it boasts some delightful owner managed properties.
Still not sure which to book? From boutique to tented, browse though our list of the best places to stay in Pushkar to start to plan your trip or widen the net and take a look at all our Rajasthan recommendations. Or you could contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
An alabaster oasis in the heart of bustling Pushkar town. This 100 year old haveli provides boutique accommodation at a great price. Rooms are decorated in a fusion of Parisian chic and retro Indian style. Antique Rajasthani furnishings complete the look. Food at Sixth Sense is an Epicurean affair.
A modern Rajasthani home, opened to the public providing top class 'homestay' accommodation. Located down a quiet and unassuming street outside of town each of the five rooms is individually decorated. Breakfast is served and other meals can be taken at their sister hotel's restaurant, Sixth Sense.
This owner managed property provides respite from the hustle and bustle of Pushkar town. Large rooms are simply decorated but pleasant and all include private terraces or balconies. There is a quiet garden with views across the lake and a pool by which to relax. Local Indian dishes are served.
Sewara's first eco friendly offering shows its neighbours how it's done. An oasis amidst the Aravalli hills this tranquil abode features green lawns, a tropical pool and traditional spa. Chic interiors come in earthy tones and cuisine is local in both its flavours and sourcing. A great option.
Pushkar (Choti Basti)
An ancestral palace located in a prime position in Pushkar town, overlooking the holy lake. Traditionally Rajasthani in style the property is filled with ornate nooks and decorative murals. Antique oak beds dominate rooms. There is a charming rooftop restaurant serving continental or Indian dishes.
A superb luxury camp, in beautiful gardens, just a 10-minute drive from Pushkar. Tranquil and secluded, with beautifully decorated tents, excellent staff and, even better, camels in the vicinity.