Pushkar – New Year’s on the roof, broken fireworks and rest


I remember Pushkar being one of my favorite places in India, from my first trip so I was very looking forward to be back again. The colored market, the lazy fruit lassi’s, the fearless monkeys. But life had other plans.

The train from Udaipur to Pushkar was a bit more comfortable and not so cold as the previous experiences. We traveled again for most of the day and arrived in Ajmer in the afternoon, where jeeps were waiting for us to take us to Pushkar, to our hotel.


Pushkar is one of the oldest towns in India and lies on the shore of Pushkar lake, and it’s a place for pilgrimage because of the religious significance. The town itself is full of Indian priests (Sadhu) but also with bohemian tourists wearing large and colorful clothes, dreadlocks on their heads, in search for the “free spirit”. Pushkar is considered a sacred place, no meat, eggs or alcohol being allowed. However, at most of the restaurants, waiters will ask you if you want to drink beer, bhang (canabis) lassi or smoke hash.


The legend says that when Brahma arrived in Pushkar, the area was terrorized by a demon that was killing people. He defeated the demon using a mantra on a lotus flower and in order to protect the place he needed to perform a fire ceremony together with his wife. But she was late, so Brahma married another girl with whom he performed the “yagna”. When his first wife found out, she became so mad that she cursed Brahma saying that he could only be worshiped in Pushkar and nowhere else.  This is why the most famous temple in Pushkar is dedicated to Brahma.


Shortly after arriving in Pushkar we went into the town for an oriental tour, followed by a lassi at sunset, on one of the highest terraces in the area. From there I could see children playing with their kites from rooftop to rooftop, being in some sort of competition.


The evening came pretty fast and even if we were on the road since morning, it was New Year’s Eve so we ordered beer and went around the fire, in the hotel’s garden, to get warm. We exchanged the Secret Santa presents we got each other (as we were too late with the idea in time for Christmas) and then we climbed on the rooftop to see the fireworks.

Now, Indian fireworks are everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE: up, down, left, right, blowing up into windows, lighting trees of fire. It’s a proper show! We were two groups on the roof, and even if we didn’t know each other, someone shared sparkling sticks to everyone while we were hugging and wishing well between us. It was a very nice moment! Cleo, our guide, showed up with another cake made specially for us. You wouldn’t say cakes like that are easy to find but he managed to find one every time. 🙂

The next day we planned on waking up early twirly and hike to the temple on top of the hill. I did wake up, got dressed and went into the lobby… where I turned white and started to feel bad. Luckily, this time I was more than prepared, I had pills for everything. So I went back to bed, took them, and took the day off to catch up on resting.

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  1. I have been meaning to visit Pushkar but not managed to yet….reading your article the need to visit Pushkar is strengthened!!

  2. Your experience with New Years Eve just goes to show how open and friendly people of the world really are. When traveling it often just takes the guts to go up and say hello to someone new, to make a friend.

  3. The monkey with a brinjal and two carrots, wow, what a great shot!Bramha is a cursed member of the Holy Trinity for another reason as well which I shall share in one of my blogs.People who want to visit Pushkar, please let me know..we will make a happy bunch and visit that place.See you then, fellow travellers.

  4. Let me just say, I love the picture of the monkey holding and munching veggies. I did not know there is a place that rather seems do not allow meat produce, but that is cool because people are more exposed to healthier food. I admire how India strongly protect its sacred places, I wish my country is like that.

  5. What a beautiful place! I suddenly remember the book “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini when I saw the photograph of a flying kite above the city. It truly resembles the setting as described in the novel 🙂

  6. Neven been to pushkar, Thanks for sharing and letting us know things on the place. Fireworks is a pretty normal thing in india, but it also comes with sharing of food and joy with the others. Was happy to see your group were also lent some fireworks 🙂

  7. I have always wanted to visit Pushkar but never made to it while I was in India. Though I went to Jaipur once. Thanks for sharing about your trip. Looks like you had a fun trip!

  8. I have friends from Pushkar and they call it the spiritual capital because everyone is so zen and communicative. I think we could learn a lot from that and glad you had a good time the pictures are phenomenal!

    1. Thank you! Yes, Pushkar is such a relaxing place, very hippie I would say. Everybody is so friendly there too and there are a lot of tourists.

  9. I’ve never been in India but I heard it’s a great place to visit. After reading your post, I want event more to visit India. Lovely pictures, but this monkey … amazing shoot.
    Great job. Thx a lot!

  10. Your photos are wonderful! I can’t image walking in town and seeing monkeys just freely doing their thing! Flying kites from the rooftop, now that sounds like an experience, for sure! Thank you for sharing this most interesting story!

  11. The photograph of the monkey is just fabulous! You did such a great job of sharing the culture you experienced all around you, I feel like I have a great sense of it now. I love fireworks, I bet it was a spectacular sight to see! I like going to different cities, towns and beaches to see firework displays. They are all slightly different, but the reaction is always the same. One of joy and pure happiness as the sky glows above!

  12. I absolutely love fireworks so that would have been cool to see. That monkey was so cute! Your adventures are amazing. Sorry you got sick and missed a day of exploring!

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