If these were up for sale, I would have splurged on buying these from Pushkar: relaxed pace of the city; air fragrant with roses; and the colours that make the town look so vibrant. I would have opened these one at a time whenever mundane routine took a toll on me. But then we wouldn’t have a reason to travel in that case!
Fortunately, there are several things that remind us of our voyages, and can be bought with money. Here’s my list of things you must buy from Pushkar…
1. Rose Products
Pushkar gets its name from the blue lotus but it is the beautiful rose that the town is famous for. The town is home to several nurseries and a flourishing cottage industry of rose products. Rose products – such as rose water, rose oil, gulkand etc – therefore make for must-buy things from Pushkar.
Did you know Pushkar is known as the ‘rose garden of Rajasthan’?
Pick a bottle or two of rose water from any shop in the town. Use it as a coolant, skin moisturizer, a toner…the benefits are many. It is even used in the kitchen as a flavouring agent. Also look for rose oil, which is used in soaps, perfumes, cosmetics, and also for flavouring soft drinks & alcoholic beverages.
Another item you must buy is gulkand, a kind of preserve made by mixing rose petals and white sugar. Rich in calcium it is used to aid constipation, acidity, gastritis, ulcer, indigestion, hypertension, etc.
2. Incense Sticks
I am a big fan of incense and dhoop sticks for the aroma. There’s a huge variety of handmade incense available across markets in Pushkar. You’ll find a large variety at any one of the shops near the Brahma Temple. There are several handicrafts stores selling these too. I picked up some very good ones from the shop at Soni ji Ki Nasiyan in Ajmer near the dargah.
3. Silver Jewellery
The best souvenirs you can pick from Pushkar include silver jewellery and ornamental Rampuri daggers. You can get bespoke silver jewellery pieces; tourists usually get customized earrings and pendants with initials. You can find ornaments of various kinds including waistbands, hair pins, beads, etc. Did you know you can also find silver jewellery designing courses in this small town?
4. Sohan Halwa
If you have a sweet tooth, your trip to Ajmer-Pushkar would be incomplete without savouring Sohan Halwa. A traditional Indian sweet, it is cooked in ghee. You can get the best ones near Madar Gate in Ajmer. The packed boxes make for excellent gifts for friends and family.
5. Textiles & Fabrics
Pushkar is an important centre for readymade garments, textiles and home furnishing items. Garments are exported to Singapore, Canada, USA and some European countries. Some of the popular shops include Shive Silk Emporium, Dilip Babu Textiles, and Volkart Fashions.
The closest airport is in Jaipur, and the nearest major railway station is Ajmer Junction. Buses run every half hour between Pushkar and Ajmer’s bus stands.