While Pushkar may be known for its annual camel fair, it also has quite a vibrant nightlife. If you haven’t attended the fair already, you must make a trip there, at least once. To get a feel of the cacophony and celebration of a different kind, one will need to discover Pushkar at night. While the place will be generously sprinkled with travellers from across the world, wanting to catch the exotic and spiritual east, the nightlife offers something unique.
Since Pushkar is a religious destination, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are enjoyed on the down low. However, travellers and locals manage to enjoy their evenings and nights by frequenting a few places. There are a number of places to visit in Pushkar at night.
After Sundown: Best Places to Visit in Pushkar at Night
Although there are only a few pubs, discotheques and clubs in the city, the locals make sure to visit these places over the weekend. Apart from the nightclubs, one can enjoy puppet shows, evening shopping at various markets, street dance performances and Kalbelia (gypsy) dance shows.Considering Pushkar is a 30-minute drive from Ajmer, most people drive to the city for evening movie shows, as well as to visit discotheques and clubs. Here are some of the things you can do in the night in the city:
1. Quiet Night at Pushkar Lake
When the sun sets, Pushkar Lake comes alive. It can be enjoyed by sipping hot coffee by the lake.When the sun dips behind the beautiful temples, the lake's water reflects the changing hues of the sky. You can take a stroll along the lake in the quiet hours. You will hear the sounds of hymns and bells from the temple, nagara beats from the ghat, or the strumming of a guitar from a nearby cafe.
If you are lucky enough, you can also hear the sound of Ravanhatha being played by some bhopali musician who might be perched by your side. While you are lost in the music, the lake turns gorgeous with the town lights shining in the distance. One can also spot pilgrims leaving temples, tourists making their way to the market or the hotels, and sanyasis go hiding into their kutiya.
2. A Sacred Evening- Evening Aarti at Varah Ghat
Attending the evening aarti in Pushkar is not to be missed, believer or non-believer. Hundreds of pilgrims assemble in the temples across the ghats. As the chants start, the atmosphere is filled with the fragrance of roses and incense sticks. The sound of ringing bells echoes from different temples surrounding the lake. The environment is lit by a divine force, transporting you to a different world altogether. With setting sun, the lake lights up with floating diyas.You can attend the aarti ceremony at any of the ghats; the evening aarti at Varah Ghat is highly recommended. It starts at 7:00 pm during the summer months and 5:30 pm during winters. The ghat is some of the best places to visit in Pushkar at night.
3. An Evening of Retail Therapy
An evening of good retail therapy at any of Pushkar’s many markets is highly recommended. The markets reflect the city’s ethnic and hippie culture. There’s a lot to shop around for, so keep at least half a day reserved for shopping. The city is renowned for its silver jewellery, leather bags, ethnic wear as well as rose products. You can do a lot of street shopping at reasonable prices. Do not forget to hone your bargaining skills before you arrive. You can also shop for souvenirs like puppets, pottery and silverware.
Some of the best places to shop at in Pushkar are Baza Bazar, Sarafa Bazar, Sadar Bazar and Kedalganj bazaar.
4. A Night of Heavy Eating
Pushkar is a haven for foodies with a slew of roadside restaurants, eateries and rooftop cafe serving a variety of food. Some of the not-to-miss foods when in the city are malpua and kachori at Sarweshwar at Mithai Wali Gali, Gulkand Lassi near the Brahma Temple, lafa and falafel at Ganga restaurant near Rangji temple, muesli and fresh fruit juice at Sonu juice near bus stand as well as pizzas at La-pizzeria.These eateries come alive in the evening, especially if you choose to visit any of the cool cafes. Some of Pushkar’s most popular cafes include Honey & Spice, Out Of The Blue Cafe and Funky Monkey Cafe. These cafes and eateries are usually open until around 10 pm. These are some of the places to visit in Pushkar at night.
5. Putting a Show- Kalbelia dance
The best way to unwind when the sun sets is to enjoy a Kalbelia dance performance. It is one of the most sensuous dance forms of Rajasthan, especially performed by the Kalbelia tribe,a nomadic community of erstwhile snake-charmers until it was outlawed by the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. With their unbelievably flexible serpentine shimmying and traditional black attire, their talent and skill will leave you spell-bound. The beats and the movements may even prompt you to join them in a small performance. It is important to appreciate the talent on display.There are a number of hotels that arrange for these dance performances for their guests. Sai Haweli near Varah Ghat Chowk makes arrangements for this dance performance on Saturdays. You can also contact the dancers directly book them for a night of dance near dunes.
6. Camp out in the Desert
Pushkar embraces the stunning Aravali Hills of Rajasthan. Embarking on a desert safari at night is one of the best things tourists can engage in. While relaxing in the midst of nature, enjoy the tranquillity. Enthral in an amazing Pushkar camel safari. You will be given a rider who will ensure that your camel ride is comfortable. This is among the best places in Pushkar to visit at night.There is quite a lot on offer at night in Pushkar.
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