Pushkar Travel Guide
The little quiet village of Pushkar stands on the edge of the desert, along the bank of the lovely Pushkar Lake, in a narrow dry valley, surrounded by towering granite hills that provide stunning views of the desert at dusk. The lake, which seems almost miraculously gorgeous in the early morning or late evening light, is one of India’s most holy lakes and a major Hindu pilgrimage site.
The famous Pushkar fair turns the sleepy town into a riot of colour and bustle for a week. Between Ajmer and Pushkar, the Nag Pahar, or Snake Mountain, creates a natural border
The Lake is linked with legendary importance. Lord Brahma was on his way to find a suitable location to conduct a Yagna, according to legend (a fire sacrifice). A lotus slipped from his fingers onto the ground while he pondered, and water sprang in three places. One of them was Pushkar, the site of Lord Brahma’s yagna.
Pilgrims taking a traditional plunge in the sacred lake, which has 52 ghats, are a familiar sight. Thousands of worshippers go to the lake every year during the full moon of Kartik Purnima in October-November to take a sacred plunge. During this time, the Pushkar fair, a large and colourful livestock fair, is held.
During the event, there will be dancing, music, and colourful stores. Traditional foods are also available for purchase. Villagers dressed in bright colours add to the festive atmosphere. A variety of cultural events, including appealing puppet performances, are also arranged against the background of this lovely environment. The festival also includes a cattle auction and camel racing.
FOOD In Pushkar, there are a range of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Mughlai cuisines are available. Buffets are available at a variety of locations and are both popular and affordable. Make sure to try Malpuas, Pushkar’s traditional dessert, which are pancakes drenched in sugar syrup.
Another popular item is rose jam, and you can also get some high-quality gulkand.
Pushkar is quickly gaining a reputation as a new shopper’s dream. The buying is made attractive by the broad variety of artisan products exhibited on roadside kiosks. A confusing selection of souvenirs, curios, and trinkets are available for purchase. Fabric, handicrafts, swords and daggers, leather products, ivory, silver, semi-precious stones, wood and sandalwood items, incense, oil, music, literature, and much more may be found in the bazaars. Near the temple, colourful booths offer religious items such as prayer beads and statuettes. The goods are mostly low-cost, and the prices are among the best in the nation. However, you’ll have to haggle hard to obtain the best deals. Hope Circus, Bajaj Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Malakhera Bazaar, and Kedalganj Bazaar are the major retail centres.
The Pushkar Fair is an annual event held in Pushkar,
Pushkar is an important pilgrimage as well as the site of a massive cow market, and it is one of Rajasthan’s most well-known and highly-attended events. This festival features bazaars, auctions, music, and sports. Recommended.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY LOCATION
Pushkar is 135 kilometres from Jaipur and 10 km from Ajmer, almost in the heart of Rajasthan, with the Aravalli Range on one side and the Thar Desert on the other.
How to Get There
The nearest airport, Jaipur, is a three-hour (135-kilometer) journey away. IA and Jet flights link Jaipur to Delhi, Mumbai, and Calcutta on a regular basis. New Avenues, Jaipur, organises chartered flights to Kishangarh’s airfield during the festival.
Ajmer is the closest train station. Except on Sundays, the superfast Shatabdi Express runs between Delhi and Ajmer every day. The Gujarat Mail, Jodhpur Mail, and Delhi Express are some of the other trains that stop at Ajmer.
By Bus: Regular buses run between Pushkar and Ajmer. The 14-kilometer journey across the Nag Shikhar hills takes roughly half an hour. In Jaipur, rent a vehicle and drive the 145 kilometres to Pushkar in three hours. In Jaipur, both Hertz and Avis have locations.
Summer temperatures vary from 38°C to 24°C, while winter temperatures range from 15°C to 4°C. Mornings generally comfortable due to its proximity to the desert, but nights may be frigid.
The Brahma Temple is a Hindu temple in India.
It is the only temple devoted to Lord Brahma in India. The temple is distinguished by a scarlet tower, and a lovely statue of a Hans or geese – Lord Brahma’s heavenly – stands above the entry doorway.
Man Mahal is a colossal structure in
Raja Man Singh I of Amer erected a splendid palace on the banks of the Pushkar River. It has since been turned into the RTDC Hotel Sarovar, which provides travellers with quality lodging.
TEMPLE OF SAVITRI
The Savitri temple, dedicated to Lord Brahma’s first wife, is situated on the hill behind the Brahma Temple, which may be accessed through a flight of stairs. The temple provides a panoramic view of the lake and the barren landscape around it.