Place for Bird Watching near Pushkar, Rajasthan

Yes, there is one place approx. 11 km from Pushkar town behind Savitri temple to watch birds specially Peacock in large numbers. I remember Kishore ji – The local guide talked about the same and about a saint – Aaloo Baba who eat mostly potatoes (aaloo). Next day early morning 6:15 I with Kishore ji riding Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike along with other two bikers towards Ajaypal vatika – the place to watch birds as well as meeting Aaloo Baba.

It was dark chilled early morning when we started the journey. No one on the road except three bikers. During the journey while riding close by Savitri temple mountain we saw Nilgai (Antelope/Blue Bulls) crossing the road just few meters away from our motorbike and then a big rabbit running on the road finally entering into bushes. After driving for approx. 25 minutes passing through village we reached Ajaypal Vatika also known as Bhairo Mandir, Ajaypal.

It was still dark, bikes were parked in front of a temple and we walk inside. Kishore ji voice was loud said Namaste to Baba though I cannot see anyone present there except us. A thick voice from inside replying namaste and a request to come inside. Kishore ji opened the shutter and we untie our shoes to remove. We enter the temple area. Inside is dark and voice of baba again to take blanket kept nearby to have a seat. We all sat on the floor on top of blanket and after few minutes we saw an iron gate of the cave entrance and baba coming out. We all said Namaste. Kishore ji introduced us one by one. Baba requested Kishore ji to make tea for all of us. Then came another person. Baba requested him to make tea for all of us. We were served hot tea. Thanks to baba. And I question baba: Why Aloo Baba the name why not any other name? Because I love Aaloo (potatoes) and only eat fruits and Aaloo that is why people call Aaloo Baba. We had a smile. As the sip of tea was going on we were eager to know about birds. Baba said: Don’t be impatient. Let the Sun rise the area inside the temple and near by temple will be full of peacocks and yes, it was very true. As the Sun rise we saw peacocks walking from the other side of the hill area that goes towards Ajaypal temple. Within minutes there were about more than 50 peacocks some inside the temple area and some outside. Baba requested one of the person present to offer Aanaaj (meal) to peacocks. There is one big tank full of rice, wheat, bajra etc specially kept for peacocks. As the person offer meals to Peacocks we started clicking photos. The arrival time of Peacocks during winter is 7 am I noticed and leaving one hour later. It is indeed a nice place to watch so many peacocks. Baba said many times they are in hundreds and when no one is present except baba Peacocks love to have meal from baba hands. Wonderful – whisper I. Pigeons too along with Peacocks in large numbers having morning breakfast served by baba and his men. After watching Peacocks, clicking photos we decided to drive towards Ajaypal temple approx. one km further. I and friends donated Rs. 100 each for birds meal.

Pushkar > Krekdi village via Savitri temple ( 8 km )

Krekdi village > Ajaypal vatika ( 3 km )

Pushkar to Ajaypal vatika: 11 km approx.