Pushkar Rajasthan

Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan. Around 200,000 global travelers visit Pushkar every year.

Pushkar is also known as the “The Lotus flower” and is one of the oldest cities in India.  It’s set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. Pushkar is one of the five sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindu devotees.

Pushkar Ghat

Pushkar Lake is a sacred lake of the Hindus. The Hindu scriptures describe it as “Tirtha-Raj” – the king of pilgrimage sites related to a water-body and relate it to the mythology of the creator-god Brahma, whose most prominent temple stands in Pushkar.

Pushkar Lake Video

By all accounts Pushkar is small. Besides the lake and the market around it, it is but a rural settlement. Tourism is the bread and butter for people living here. There are guest houses, hotels and resorts around the lake and in the nearby villages to cater to tourist needs.

Pushkar Market Video

Pushkar is surrounded on three sides by hills. One of the hill is known as Ratnagiri, the highest on the southwest which houses the Goddess Savitri, Wife Of Brahma.

Savitri Mata Temple Pushkar

The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins.

Getting there: The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Jaipur, which is 140 kilometres away.The nearest Railway station is about 15 Kms away at Ajmer. Pushkar is well connected by roads, so travel is not a hassle.

 pushkar fair

Pushkar Cattle Fair: The Pushkar Mela also known as the Pushkar Camel Fair is a unique celebration of the beauty of their coveted “ship of the desert” – the camel. Held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences.

pushkar fair

Most of the activities take place at the fairgrounds, located to the west of town near the intersection of Brahma Temple Road and National Highway 89. This Camel Fair attracts more than 350K visitors. Anyway, this fair is distinguished to be among the planet’s biggest cattle fairs where Men trade their livestock, which includes camels, horses, cows, sheep and goats.

pushkar fair Pushkar-Camel-Festival

Note – Beware of touts in the vicinity of Pushkar Lake. They target tourists with all sorts of rituals, flowers, aarti, etc, only to force donations from them. They often hurl abuses or even turn violent if refused. This is most frequent around ghats and around the sunset point.  If you come across such people, just say NO and keep your peace. Tourist reviews for Sunset Point Pushkar Lake on Google Maps.. https://goo.gl/maps/brFcrNq2tSMzhk9F7

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