Restaurant named Pink Floyd , serving contemporary western snacks , located very close to the only Brahma temple in the world , nearby a government approved Bhang shop where Spanish backpacker youngsters line up to buy the hot stuff , just 13 ams way one of the most respected shrines of India – Khawaja Gharibnawaz Dargah Ajmer is visited by millions every year , all this and a lot more can be experienced when one visits the twin towns of Pushkar and Ajmer.
Describing the twin towns is extremely difficult as the fusion of old, new, foreign, Indian, social, artistic and culture has resulted in a visual experience which is unique only to the area and cannot be compared to any other cities in the world.
Pushkar town curls around the Holy kund (pond), with more than 400 milky blue temples and 52 bathing ghats .The Main Street in the town is one long bazaar, selling anything to tickle a traveller’s fancy, from colourful Rajasthani chappals to Indian adaption of didgeridoos. In spite of the modernization and Shakes – Pancakes, Pushkar remains authentically mystic and enchantingly small.
Ajmer is a chaotic town, thirteen kms from Pushkar The town surrounds the lake of Ana Sagar, and is ringed by the rugged Aravalli Hills. Ajmer is extremely important in terms of Islamic heritage and history. It contains one of the country’s most important Muslim pilgrimage spot -the holy shrine of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, who founded India’s prime Sufi order in India. Ajmer also has some beautiful examples of early Muslim architecture,
However, with Ajmer’s combination of super high voltage crowds and chaotic traffic, most tourists choose to stay in laid back Pushkar, and visit the city a day trip.
The area of Pushkar and Ajmer has plenty of hotels and resorts, catering to all segments. The luxury resorts are located outside the city, the most prominent luxury resorts are The Gateway Resort Pushkar and The upcoming Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa.
The Gateway Resort, Pushkar
The Gateway Resort Pushkar is spread out in 7 acres, with 80 rooms and suites, The hotel has a 5000 square feet of a meeting hall, a bar and a restaurant. The hotel is managed by Mr. Hada , who has been with the Taj hotels for the last 27 years . Mr. Hada who hails from Rajasthan is a great host and ensures highest standards of service .The hotel rolls out summer, winter and the Monsoon packages for leisure guests; most popular are the monsoon packages – Pay 2 and Stay 3 night offer.
Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa, Pushkar
Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa is the newest entrant to the area and the resort boasts of super luxury accommodation and experience. The resort is built over 15 acres and has 4 categories of rooms and suites, the top most being the villas with private outdoor pools. The Westin Pushkar team which includes Ms. Archana Gupta who is the Hotel manager and Mr. Mohit Gupta, who heads sales, is extremely enthusiastic and eager to deliver. The resort would be fully operational by October 2016.
If you are looking for a short holiday, and accessibility, luxury are your prime concern then Pushkar is where you head for your next weekend break!