TRAVELS WITH NINA

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PUSHKAR, INDIA

Oh Pushkar, you had me at namaste.

I mean, where else in the world will you meet people with names like Bird and Fern, who when asked where they’re from respond with, “originally the UK, but I’m a nomad now,” or more simply, “Planet Love”?

Where else will you find 400 temples squished into a town the size of Newtown, a scared lake said to have been created when a Hindu god dropped a lotus flower on the ground, or an annual camel fair that brings 50,000 delightful dromedaries into town? 

And where else can you spend hours rifling through a vintage Bollywood warehouse, emerging with arms laden and change from $50?

Nowhere, that’s where, which is why Pushkar is such a special little enclave. A place to get lost and get found, one of the oldest cities in India that mixes its religious and tourist scenes, its enlightenment and its capitalism, in a way that’s as bizarre as it is irresistible. 

I’ve made this little video for you guys to give you a taste of the town and its characters, and to hopefully inspire you to book a trip to one of my favourite towns in India.

 

4 Comments

  1. Jess
    August 22, 2016

    Hey Nina! Your travels to India look amazing! I am currently planning my trip and am so in love with Indian textiles and fashion, so I’d love to find Jaipur Wala Tailor. I need to be sitting in that sea of glorious fabrics! Is it tough to find? I gave it a quick google and looks like it’s in the Laxmi Market? Any tips on arranging a visit, I am all ears 🙂 Thanks for your wonderful instagram posts! – Jess

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  2. Nina K
    August 29, 2016

    Jess that’s so great to hear that you’re heading to Pushkar! And thank you so much for your lovely words about the story 🙂 Ok so Jaipur Wala Tailor is above Deepak Ayurvedic massage, if you ask around people will know where the massage place is and then you just walk upstairs to the shop. You’ll see all the treasures spilling out the front! There’s also a fantastic vegan cafe next door, I can’t remember the name right now but you will see it there. Extremely slow service but worth the wait! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures, please do keep me updated xx

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  3. Jess
    September 4, 2016

    Hey Nina,

    Awesome!!! Thanks for the directions, I will be sure to find it. Maybe I will dip in for an ayurvedic massage too 🙂 I’ll definitely checkout the vegan cafe too — yum!

    We’re off to Jaipur on Tuesday (Delhi has been amazing and we’ll do a day in Agra to see the Taj) … really looking forward to kicking off our Rajasthan travels!

    Did you do a lot of bargaining at the shop? Want to prep myself as I am not good at it!

    Thanks again! 😀 😀

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    • Nina K
      September 6, 2016

      Haha Jess I feel you! Bargaining can be uncomfortable at the best of times, although I must say in India it is expected! I once bought a very cheap blanket without doing it, and as the shopkeeper wrapped it up she gave me a lecture about how I must always bargain which I thought was hilarious! So yes I would bargain a little, say if you buy a few items, ask if you can get another one thrown in for free. The owner, Banwari, is such a lovely man and I’m sure he’ll work with you 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures, be sure to keep me updated! Nina x

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