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Pushkar the holy township in Rajasthan is unique in its character. According to scared scripts, Brahma-first of the Hindu trinity, on passing this place let a lotus flower slip from his hand , water sprang from the spot where the petals fell. A lake was formed and called Pushkar, which means lotus. This beautiful lake is surrounded by ghats the main being GAOO GHAT, KAPAL MOCHINI GHAT, YAGYA GHAT, DADRI GHAT, RAM GHAT and KOTITIRTH GHAT.
Most prominent amongst the temples in Pushkar is the temple of lord Brahma which has a ‘chaturmukh’ (having four heads) idol of Brahma Ji and nearby are the temples of Gayatri and Savitri. Other temples of significance in Pushkar are Shri Badrinarain Ji temple, Apteshwar and Atpateshwar Mahdeo temple. Pushkar finds a place amongst the ancient academic and research center in India. Situated here are the Shri vallabhacharya’s “Baithak” Agatsya-Ashram and the Gayatri Shakti Peeth. A in the river Saraswati at Pushkar is considered to be of high importance. This river is also called by five other names i.e. Suprabha, Kanchana, Prachi, Nanda and Vishalika. At the time of Kartik Purnima in the month of October/ November thousands of pilgrims from all around the world throng at a pushkar to take a dip in the holy lake. The mark the solemn occasion a gigantic and lively fair is held for unmatched livestock where over one lakh cattle are traded, camel races and a spectrum of enthralling Rajasthani folk dances and exotic music that leaves the audience spellbound:
Participants costumed in their traditional finery and participating whole heartedly add to the usual delight. With so much on it, as a living legend of the ancient Indian culture and with a cool and serene environment, Pushkar has been attracting both foreign and domestic tourists. Tourists will find it a nice place to relax and find themselves very near to the ancient Indian civilization and culture.
Area 55.76sq. km.
Altitude 486 meters
Climate Mean Max. Mean Min.
Summer 43.7c 37.7c
Winter 23.3c 15.5c
Clothing Summer Light Tropical
Best Season July to March
Languages Hindi, English, Rajasthani.
On the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar, along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake, in a narrow dry valley, overshadowed by impressive rocky hills, which offer spectacular views of the desert at sunset. The lake is almost magically beautiful in the early morning or late evening light, is one of the most sacred lakes of India and an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus.
The celebrated Pushkar fair transforms the quiet village to a colorful week of heightened activity. The Nag Pahar or the snake mountain forms a natural boundary between Ajmer and Pushkar.
The Lake has a mythological significance associated with it. According to myth, Lord Brahma was on his way to search for a suitable place to perform a Yagna (a fire sacrifice). While contemplating, a lotus fell from his hand on the earth and water sprouted from three places. One of them was Pushkar, where Lord Brahma performed his yagna.
The holy lake has 52 ghats and pilgrims taking a ritual dip in the lake are a common sight. Every year thousands of devotees throng the lake around the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in October-November, to take a holy dip in the lake. A huge and colorful cattle fair - the Pushkar fair, is also held during this time.
Dance, music and colorful shops spring up during this fair. Also on sale are mouth-watering traditional delicacies. Colorfully attired village folk, enhance the fun of the occasion. A host of cultural event, against the backdrop of this pretty setting is also organized, including attractive puppet shows. Cattle auction and camel races are also a part of the festivities.
There are a variety of eateries in Pushkar catering to all tastes and pockets. You can choose from Thai, Italian, Mexican and Mughlai cuisine. A lot of places have buffets that are popular and reasonable. Be sure to sample Malpuas, pancakes soaked in sugar syrup, which is the typical sweet of Pushkar.
Rose jam is another favourite and you could also pick up some high quality gulkand.
Pushkar is fast acquiring a reputation of being a novel shopper's paradise. A wide range of handicraft items displayed on the roadside stalls make the shopping irresistible. There is a bewildering array of souvenirs, curios and trinkets up for sale. The bazaars are lined with stalls and shops selling fabric, handicrafts, swords and daggers, leather goods, ivory, silver, semi precious stones, wood and sandalwood items, incense, oil, music, books and lots more. The bright stalls near the temple sell religious accessories like prayer beads and statuettes. The items are mainly low end and accordingly the prices are some of the best in the country. But you need to bargain hard to get the right prices. The main shopping areas are Hope Circus, Bajaj Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Malakhera Bazaar and Kedalganj Bazaar.
The well-known and marked with largest participation of all the festivals of Rajasthan, Pushkar is an important pilgrimage as well as the venue of a mammoth cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions, music and sports are highlight of this event. Recommended.
Almost in the centre of Rajasthan, Pushkar is 135 km from Jaipur and 10 km from Ajmer, with the Aravalli Range on one side and the Thar Desert on the other.How to ReachBy Air
Jaipur, the closest airport, is a three-hour drive (135 km) away. Regular IA and Jet flights connect Jaipur to Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta. During the fair, New Avenues, Jaipur, organises chartered flights to the airstrip at Kishangarh.
Ajmer is the nearest railhead. The super fast Shatabdi Express shuttles between Delhi and Ajmer every day except Sunday. Other trains reaching Ajmer are the Gujarat Mail, Jodhpur Mail and the Delhi Express.
Regular buses connect Pushkar to Ajmer. It takes about half an hour to cover the 14-km distance over the Nag Shikhar hills. Hire a car in Jaipur and drive down the 145 km to Pushkar in 3 hours. Both Hertz and Avis have branches in Jaipur.
Summer temperatures range between 38°C and 24°C, while in winters the range is between 15°C and 4°C. As it is close to the desert, mornings are pleasant but the evenings can turn chilly.
On the banks of Pushkar, is the magnificent palace, built by Raja Man Singh I of Amer. Now converted, into the RTDC Hotel Sarovar, it offers comfortable accommodation to the visitors.