“Self-love is not selfish, you cannot truly love another until you know how to love yourself ”
Moribund schedule and city life was consuming me and I desperately wanted to go to a new place for some positive fresh vibes and to explore and spend some time with myself.
Traveling and going for vacation has been always rejuvenation for one’s soul and for me – that is the ideal definition of self-love.
So in the midst of my chaotic life and busy daily schedule – mad packers and Onecutemess decided to collaborate at a beautiful city – Pushkar which is also called rose garden of Rajasthan and somehow I thought it was just the perfect plan.
Pushkar is an ideal place where traditional meets hippie. As it is a spiritual place, you can’t help but feel it’s calmness, tranquility, colourfulness on one side and on other side-you would see a lot of chilled out crowd, cafes and visitors- the city is filled with Israelis and it almost sums ups the number of travellers and visitors that comes in abundance.
So here I was excited for my four day trip at Pushkar staying at Madpackers. Also, other than staying in Pushkar and loving the essence of the beautiful city, there were two things I was super excited about
1.Collaborating with Madpackers ( which was a dormitory – and I have never stayed in one)
2. Feeling of a solo trip
Madpackers as they describe themselves is a place for wanderers, friendships and stories. They have obsessive affair with travel & a soft spot for everything that moves with a backpack.
So here I started my travel journey with a night trip from Delhi – Pushkar which was approximately 8 hours and I reached Madpackers at 7 am.
I was super excited to stay in a dormitory as it was my first experience – the feeling of staying with unknown people was different.
As soon as I entered I was awestruck by the interiors of the Hostel (video shared below ) as they had beautifully done their walls.
Sharing video –
Post enquiring – I realized staying in dormitory starts from goddamn 600/- per day( CAN YOU BEAT THAT !!!!). The best thing is you meet like-minded educated uber cool people including people from metropolitan cities and primarily foreigners.
The place had an open terrace with a kitchen which was amazing so there I was having my breakfast and soon after that didn’t realise but had gone for a quick nap.
After checking, most of the people I would be staying in dorm were guys and girls from Israel/ Germany and different parts of world and even though the vibrant town is best known to tourists for its annual camel fair which is the biggest animal-trading fair in India- I had gone there during off season and it was worth it.
I heard that the lake dominates the centre of the town and all other streets lead from a ring road that encircles it. There are a multitude of lake view restaurants to choose from so the evening was well spent going to the amazingly beautifully and scenic Pushkar Lake where we saw the sunset.
There was a small gathering where there was some show, people performing live and enjoying the weather – the lake was so scenic and pretty- I literally felt like staying there whole evening – just looking at the view and falling in love with it. We were there till 8 pm just fallen in love with it.
Coming back to dorm I was genuinely dead tired and dozed off as an 8 hour journey and roaming the city made me bit tired.
Next morning we woke up and decided to go for a camel ride. I was reluctant earlier as I thought it would be really hot but we made up to it with some groovy music and a funny camel safari travel guide which made our Pushkar morning special and bright.
Post the hot weather, I decided to take a dip in the pool and chill for a while
We had our lunch at Funky Monkey cafe which is a decently good cafe to chill at – as alcohol and meat are banned in the town as the whole place is considered a holy site, some restaurants will serve you beer at an inflated price as long as you are discreet drinking it, and the bottle will probably be wrapped in napkins as a weak attempt at disguise so it is totally your call whether you want to take it or not.
We did have alcohol to beat the heat and refresh ourselves.
The evening was spent well roaming around at Pushkar market and meeting new people and making friends. The best thing is Pushkar a small town easily to walk around and navigate, there are virtually no cars or autos in the main streets. Walking is almost hazard free if you don’t count the moody cows that roam freely.
After shopping so much from Pushkar and buying so much of boho clothing – I had this urge to have a shoot there but finding a photographer would be tough soon after which my friends at dormitory were sweet enough help me find a photographer from Ajmer( which I realised is 15 minutes away from Pushkar) which made me super crazy and excited .
The next morning was shoot day !! and I already did a look test wearing all bohemian and banjaran look.
Waking up at 6 am for shoot gave me Delhi shoot feels – haha but covering the essence of Pushkar by capturing the local market and ghat could only be done at 6 am.
So here I was all dressed up in three looks – waiting for the shoot to take place.
There were three outfits and the places where I had shoot were Pushkar Ghat, Pushkar market ( when it wasn’t crowded – at approximately 7 am ) and some cafe near Pushkar Ghat.
The shoot carried on for good four hours – with me being tired – here are the pictures (hope you love them <3)
I then decided to go for shopping as I heard Pushkar is famous for its silver jewellery which I ended up buying a lot and got my hair breaded and did a bit of reiki learning from the locals.
The dinner was at La Pizeria ( thanks to the new fond Israelian friends of mine ) and my love for Pizza…haha- it was a tiny cafe
that served nice lasagne and pizzas.
The last day was the worst. After having such an awesome time nobody wanted to leave – and I almost forgot I was on a solo trip as I got along with people at the dorm and made so many friends. Hush – coming to dormitory that night and having meal releasing I am leaving made me realise I am going to miss but still enjoyed the time.
So the last day was spent packing and almost carrying all the shopping stuff and leaving for Delhi which was a 10 hour journey with some good memories, positive vibes and a refreshed soul.
I am sure I would miss my Pushkar journey and the amazing experience I had. Thanks to Madpackers.
Attaching some beautiful pictures I took during stay just as memory below.