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Luxury resort to delve deep in Pushkar, the Holy City in the heart of Rajahstan

Westin’s seventh property lands to the Holy City of the Hindus best known for the largest camel fair in the world

Nupur Agarnal

Pushkar, the Holy City of Hindus, is now home to Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa, blending a deep aura of holiness with the region’s great hospitality skills: the result is a wellness centre for both the body and mind

Located in the centre-east part of Rajasthan, on the western side of Aravalli mountains, Pushkar is one of India’s most ancient city, defined by an immense and often hostile natural landscape – including the vast Thar Desert –, and yet known for its highly developed hospitality skills. Acknowledged as the Holy City for Hindus, the city guards one of the few existing temples dedicated to Hindu creator-god Brahma dating back to the 14th century. Along with snake charmers, jugglers and fakirs, hordes of religious pilgrims come to the city to bathing in local gaths. Also, groups of camels, herders, horses and traders begin to appear from out of the desert and set up camp in the dunes around Pushkar once a year, to celebrate the world’s largest camel fair. Attracting more than 200,000 visitors, it also features loads of stalls, music shows, chants and cricket championships. No wonder then that such sacred and welcoming region was keenly picked by Westin Hotels & Resorts for its Pushkar Resort & SPA.

Strong of its wide array of wellness treatments which already are a key feature in Westin’s identity, the chain’s seventh resort couldn’t choose a better location: Pushkar is indeed a popular spiritual city with an innate talent for evoking a feel of psychological relaxation, also thanks to its geographic proximity with picturesque and curvy Aravalli mountains. Stretching over a 11-acre area, the Westin Pushkar Resort comprises 98 spacious guest-suites, with 44 villas equipped with private pools, and endorses an innovative concept aimed at encouraging the individual ideal balance and wellbeing. The Heavenly SPA is the cherry on top with 7 treatment & therapy rooms with experts specialising in both local traditions and international researches.  

Moreover, the outdoor pool is sided by a gym and small theatre accommodating up to 20 people. The main goal is to offer guests an architectural blend of the Holy City’s spiritual core with the pursue of physical wellbeing, as well as numerous cultural and historical extras dotting the area. Massive social halls open smoothly onto the natural surroundings where the swimming-pool with central island is set to steal the stage. A high-ceiling terrace with jutting roof creates a visual connection between the outdoor and indoor areas, where a furniture selection made of teak and velvet goes hand in hand with light-coloured outdoor loungers and armchairs.

An abundant use of wood marks both the large rooms and guest-suites with a view of the private pool, while the rooftop terrace was decked with outdoor armchairs made out from black marrow and contrasting orange pillows, a few small gazebos and en plein air bar. The dome hanging over the pool casts sweeping views on the park’s event zone: one here, the lush vegetation is gradually replaced by the traditional English lawn which makes a perfect stage for parties and ceremonies. The neutral chromatic palette is occasionally broken by clashing hints of colour – same for the SPA area, where beige marble slabs lie side by side with Jacuzzi quads for the most chilled of all atmospheres. 


by Paola Testoni / 30 November 2017


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