The stickiness and pollution of my all-time boyfriend, Delhi, was getting to my very core when we were cordially invited to review Pushkar Resorts. Seeing that my real boyfriend has always wanted to take me to Pushkar (don’t ask, I don’t understand this fascination either), we thought they’d be nothing better than TO LEAVE.
An early morning train ride aboard Ajmer Shatabdi came with more leg space than any flight I’ve perched upon. Only problem is, having been on a plane, I know where else I can reach in 6.5 hours. Anyway, the service was good, the food was bad, and the use of lavatory made me wish I was carrying cranberry juice.
After getting down on Ajmer Central, we hailed a pre-booked taxi to Pushkar Resorts. A 50 minute ride to the resort serves as a kaleidoscope of what’s to come. Religion, and faith, temples and mosques, littered on the foothills of Aravallis were a welcome change of scenery. It was raining and the cool weather was a relief from the banality of Delhi. Only problem was, the cool breeze came with water logging, bad roads and lots of keechad.
Pushkar Resorts: Welcome
As we drove into the resort, silence spoke louder than words. Gardeners tilling the garden, Rajasthani women dressed in colourful ghagras working in unison made a great first impression.
A staircase up was the reception that housed beautiful artifacts, comfortable leather chairs and a good number of books.
A swift check-in later, we were taken through the balcony of the reception to our room. The walk to the room shows you what you need to see: a pool with a sundeck area, garden furniture and little corners that your camera would love to capture.
Pushkar Resorts has 40 cottages divided in 3 categories, and is located in the Ganehra village of Pushkar.
The first thing that struck out to both of us was the outdoor area. I was already excited about my evening time of conversations and wine.
Taking a look inside, had mixed feelings.
The room had a queen sized bed, a beautiful marble top table and stools in the front. There’s also a small sitting area at the corner with a beautiful view overlooking the green lawns of Pushkar Resorts, overlooking the Aravalis in the background.
Some things could have been better. For instance, there was a cupboard-like space to store your clothes and hang some items too. But the doors were missing, which means it really wasn’t a cupboard. There was no dressing table, but a full-length mirror along with a muda. A wooden slab in addition to this setup would be really appreciated by us womenfolk!
Along with the TV and a mini-fridge, there’s also a kettle in the room. I am big on tea and coffee runs when I have a beautiful view (so is my partner), but due to the flaws in the design, the tea cups were on one side of the cupboard whereas the kettle was the other side of the shelf. The door was so heavy that I hurt myself and ended up waking up by sleeping beauty too J
Given that Sewara is a globally known brand, these little things can be missed by world travelers.
The bathroom was clean, minimal and to the point. It was spacious enough; had a shower with hot water and good pressure with Biotique essentials. The oil diffuser was a special touch, and I absolutely loved the gesture.
A lovely walk away is a glasshouse better known as the resort’s all-day dining restaurant. The lotus pond and a bullock cart that resembles The Lodi Garden Restaurant are a great parallel for branding for Delhites like me. In fact, the drinks menu is just the same as the restaurant—although the cocktails taste better in Delhi.
The lunch and dinner menu has a salad and soup menu along with a mix of North Indian and local cuisine favourites. In fact, this is one of the few places you’re going to find non-vegetarian food in Pushkar. While foods like Chicken Masala, Dal Banjari are welcome, the food could have been better. It was spicy but lacked in flavor, for me. Desserts like Gulab ki Kheer and Rajasthani Lapsi were really good on the palate.
Breakfast is wholesome; a mix of Indian and European specialties. From pancakes to puri aloo, fresh juices and lassi, fresh fruits, eggs made to order and a dozen Indian breakfast favourites get you ready for the day to come.
They have a full bar menu so if you want to drink all afternoon, you’re all set. Apart from that, in-room dining is pretty elaborate but a bit small on portions. I think it has potential to get better in terms of both portions and quality of food. But you don’t have to worry about the variety: from chicken wings, to club sandwiches and hummus and pita—they are pretty diverse.
Service and staff
Be it a call for wine glasses, the reception staff or the chefs, the staff and team of Pushkar Resorts are prompt, courteous and amicable. In short, they are an epitome of Rajasthani hospitality that makes this state score the highest in tourism across India. Pushkar Resorts have a great set of people working for them and that’s one of the reasons I’d recommend them.
Is it beautiful and comfortable? Yes and yes
Is it suitable for couples and familes? Yes, we think the kids will love all this green space
Is it pocket friendly? More or less, yes.
Would I recommend it to anyone going to Pushkar? Yes.
Can you host an event or a wedding at Pushkar Resorts? Yes they have a conference hall and plenty of space for an outdoor wedding.
Things to Do in Pushkar
- Chill in Pushkar
- Explore the Pushkar city, it’s merely a 20 minute cab ride
- Walk through the lanes of Pushkar
- Shop for textiles, fabrics, brass jewellery and camel leather products.
- Must visit Pink Floyd Café to enjoy old-school house hospitality and Sunset Café for a view of Pushkar Lake as you enjoy a diverse International Menu.
How to reach from Delhi: Drive down for about 9 hours or take a train like us.
How to reach from Jaipur: Hail a cab from Jaipur to Ajmer and Pushkar
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