Pushkar, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Weed is barely illegal in India ; Hash is very illegal. This seems odd to westerners but, basically, “bhang” (weed) is used ceremonially by some Hindus. Hash/Charas is not and is considered a drug. Minumum penalty (if you dont bribe your way out of trouble): 10 years in an Indian jail. Dont get caught.

Law enforcement: As in most places, the cops are mostly interested in turning over users for a bit of cash. Bribe your way out before you get taken to a police station. There has been recent friction between western hippy types and the locals in Pushkar and the local police are keen to clean up the town. Please bear in mind this is one of India’s most holy places and while it’s ok (ish) for the sadhus to walk around mostly naked, smoking weed, it’s NOT ok for you to do it. Stick to smoking in your hotel.

Where to buy marijuana: There are quie a few dealers in Pushkar, attracted by the hippy types. Years ago, hotels like the Sai Baba and Hanuman had resident dealers, though I have no idea if this is still the case. Best ask around, try asking likely-looking travellers at the Sunset cafe (at sunset!) or in one of the more off-street cafes in town.

Marijuana prices: Usual India prices, around $1 for a gram of good charas.

Marijuana brands: Charas is predominant. This is hand rubbed hash from the himalaya, mostly from the Kullu and Parvati valleys. Parvati is generally regarded as being the best. Some kashmiri likely to be knocking about (tastes nice, isn’t usually very strong).

More information: Pushkar is an awesome place to kick back and step out of the hecticness of India for a while (see also Bundi and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan). I have spent weeks at a time here. Enjoy it (respectfully!).