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. Huge and colorful cattle fair "The Pushkar Fair", is also held during this time. Pushkar fair is well-known for it's Camel trading and other attractive activities.
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.
Pushkar is among the five Dhams or pilgrimages that are held in high
esteem by Hindus, the others being Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and
It is said that in battle lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with
a lotus flower, whose petals floated down to earth and landed in three
places in and around Pushkar where lakes sprang up. According to
legends, Pushkar Lake was surrounded by 500 temples and 52 palaces
(several rajas and maharajas maintained palaces here for pilgrimage) at
The Brahma temple is the most important temple here and is, in fact,
the only Brahma temple of India. It is interesting to note that Brahma
is not worshipped, even though he is one of the Holy Trinity of
Hinduism. Brahma, it is said, had descended on earth to perform a Yajna
(fire-sacrifice). His wife Savitri was not with him at that time and the
Yajna would be incomplete without her. Therefore, Brahma married a local
girl and sat down for the Yajna. Meanwhile Savitri landed on earth and,
upon finding this new bride sitting next to Brahma, cursed him that he
would never be worshipped anywhere else on earth.
city guide and travel information
The nearest airport from Pushkar is Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected to
all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur,
Udaipur. Recently, flights to Dubai has also started from Pushkar by
Pushkar is 11 km from main Ajmer bus stand. Rajasthan Roadways run very
comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Jaipur. There are
buses from Jaipur to Ajmer every 15 minutes, some nonstop. The roads are
very good, and it takes around 2 hrs from Jaipur. You can also come by
The nearest railway station for Pushkar is Ajmer, which is on the Broad
Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India. There are
daily trains from Delhi in morning (Shatabdi Exp) and evening (Intercity
Pushkar is a relatively small town and easy enough to get around on
foot There are no auto-rickshaw in the town center. A bicycle is best to
Pushkar main bazaar is a tangle of narrow lanes lined with an
assortments of interesting small shops.
Particularly good buys include silver and beaded jewellery, embroidered
fabrics, bed and cushion covers. Rajasthani puppets and fusion music.
Its also great place to but books. There's is a excellent range of
second hand novels in various language available.
Things to do
Each year, up to 200,000 people flock to Pushkar for the Camel Fair,
bringing with them some 50,000 camels and cattle for several days of
pilgrimage, horse dealing, camel racing and colorful festivities.
The Rajasthan tourist office has promoted the fair as an international
attraction by adding Rajasthan dance programs and other cultural events
and by putting up a huge ten city for the Indian and foreign visitor.
Places to See
Pushkar boasts temples, through few are as ancient pilgrimage site many
were destroyed by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. The most famous is
what is said to be the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma. It's
marked by a red spire and over the entrance gateway is the Hans,
or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally
chosen Pushkar as its site. The Rangji Temple chosen is also important.
The one - hour trek up to the hilltop temple overlooking the lake is
best made early in the morning; the view is magnificent.
Numerous ghats run down to the lake, and pilgrims are constantly
bathing in the lake's holy waters. If you wish to join them, do it with
respect - remove your shoes, don't smoke and don't take photographs.
This is not Varanasi and the pilgrim here can be very touchy about
insensitive instruction by non - Hindus.
Looking for hotels in Pushkar.
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Pushkar is one of the those town in which everyone has a favorite
restaurant. There are quite a few rooftop and garden restaurant, which
are ideal for a leisurely meal. Being a holy place, alcohol, meat and
even eggs are banned.
Buffet meals are most popular.
There are tour operators and travel agents to help you in planning and
making arrangements to see the Camel Festivals. List of
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