Are you looking for those perfect Instagrammable places in Pushkar, India? No need to look further, cause this blogpost covers them all!
Including some insider tips on how to get there, when to go and what to wear to get that perfect shot!
1. Pushkar Lake
- How to get there: Pushkar is a very small town. Our hotel was a little outside of the city (Moti Mahal) and it only took us 10 minutes to walk towards the lake. Notice that as soon as you get near to the lake you have to take of your shoes because Pushkar is a holy city! If you don’t be prepared for people to get upset about it cause in the beginning we didn’t realise this and some men actually started shouting at us. Also, make sure you don’t take photos where people are bathing cause this is also prohibited.
- When to go: the lake is at it’s most beautiful during sunset
- What to wear: Wear a dress that covers your knees (holy city!)
2. Rangji Temple
- How to get there: This one is located about 300 meters from Pushkar Lake. The entrance is free and you can leave your shoes in the hallway. This temple is beautiful and not crowded at all so I felt very safe leaving my shoes there unattended. There is a donation box which you can use freely and since we were taking photos we put in some money.
- When to go: The temple is open from 6am until 7pm. We were there around 5pm and had the most beautiful light with the sun setting right behind the temple!
- What to wear: You’re still in the holy city! Indians are actually way more offended by a piece of leg showing than when you would were a deep V-neck for instance. That’s why for the second day I chose to wear a longer dress. I didn’t get any remarks on the dress I was wearing since it basically covers everything besides the lower part of my legs :p
3. Savitri Mata Temple
- How to get there: scroll back to the second photo at Pushkar Lake. Do you see that little building on top of that giant mountain? That is the Savitri Mata Temple! So take out your walking shoes and prepare to start hiking! Since the mountain itself is quite far we decided to ask our driver to take us to the foot of it so we didn’t have to wake up at 4am to get there in time.
- When to go: this place is the ultimate sunrise spot! We started our climb around 5.30 am and it took us a decent half hour to reach the top. Funny side story: there is actually a cable car… but it doesn’t open until 8am… Lucky for us the view up there is so stunning you can easily lose track of time and we were able to take the cable car back down!
- What to wear: Don’t be fooled, I did not wear this long dress climbing up the mountain! I was wearing sneakers and my short red dress from the day before! Since I already got sweaty in that one I figured it wouldn’t hurt to go hiking in it… I had a backpack with me to carry my camera, a hairbrush and my long dress. There isn’t really a place where you can change so make sure you can switch outfits without having to get completely naked :p
4. The colourful streets of Pushkar
- How to get there: they are literally all around you. Type in Pushkar on Pinterest and you will see what I mean! All of them are within walking distance!
- When to go: the streets can get a little crowded but even during the day you’ll have plenty of great photo opportunities!
- What to wear: I always love combining a white dress with a pop of colour
5. U-turn hotel rooftop bar
- How to get there: the rooftop bar is located above Coffee Temple, 1 minute walking from Pushkar Lake
- When to get there: it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset over Pushkar Lake
- What to wear: no strict rules here, just relax and enjoy the quietness above the city.
Also this place was recommended to me by @thirdeyetraveller who has lived in India for more than a year and shared all of her experiences on her blog!
6. The most Instagrammable wall in Pushkar, India
- How to get there: since you’re already going to the above mentioned rooftop bar cause duhu, best sunset point, this one is super easy! This wall is actually in the bar! It was actually painted on the very same day that we arrived by the amazingly talented @jasminhortop.
- When to go: sunset is your friend here since there is no more direct sunlight hitting the wall
- What to wear: If I had known this wall would have been here I would probably have chosen a white dress.
7. Gurudwara Singh Sabha
- How to get there: It’s a 30 minute walk from our hotel (Moti Mahal) so you can go either on foot or with your driver.
- When to go: the temple is open from 6am until 7pm.
- What to wear: when visiting this temple you have to cover your hair. Since I am not a fan of wearing caps or scarfs that already were on other peoples head (hello lice phobia!) I had a fashionable alternative in my bag!
I hope this post was helpful for you and soon I will write one about the in’s and out’s of Pushkar: which places to avoid (for those of you that want to write to me that I forgot about the Brahma Temple in this post, no I didn’t, that one get’s it’s very own feature in the next one!) and how to stay safe as a woman in this sometimes not so holy city.