Pushkar

Pushkar is one of the most important and oldest pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Sikhs. It lies on the western side of the Aravalli mountains. A well constructed road connects Pushkar to Ajmer which is 10 kms away. Old bazaars, narrow roads and the continuous hum of hymns punctuated by an occasional bell chime give this town a mystical aura.

Waters of the sacred Pushkar Lake are believed to cleanse a person of their bad deeds. The Brahma Temple is located close to the Pushkar Sarovar. It is one of the very few temples in India dedicated to Brahma. It is made of stone with a floor of marble. The red shikara crowning the temple is its most defining feature. These holy places are thronged by Hindu devotees from around the world especially during the Pushkar mela. This annual event also has a the famous Pushkar camel fair. Many interesting competitions also take place during this time such as camel races, longest moustache competition, songs and dances.

Pataleshwar Temple, Raghunath Mandir, Varaha temple and Savitri temple are other notable places of worship in the city. Each temple is known for its distinct architecture and stone work. Camel or Jeep safaris let one explore the surrounding rural areas. Other activities to do here are ziplining, paintball, hot air ballooning and desert camping.  

  • Monuments:

Man Mahal: This beautiful palace is built in a traditional Rajasthani style and has a temple inside. It was built by Raja Man Singh -1 and is the largest palace in Pushkar. Man Mahal is close to Pushkar lake and provides a mesmerising view. Tourists can stay inside the Mahal. 

Kishangarh: It is located on the outskirts of Pushkar and is renowned for its magnificent forts namely; Phool Mahal and Roopangarh Fort. The marble mines in Kishangarh are also worth visiting.

Temples: Pushkar is a holy city and is famous for its temples. Brahma temple located near the Pushkar Lake is visited by the devotees throughout the year. Mahadev temple is one of the most visited places in the town. Rangji temple has a unique style of architecture which makes it a must see place. Savitri Mata Temple and Varha Temple is also popular among the devotees.

  • Natural Places:

Pushkar lake is regarded as the holy lake where devotees are required to take a holy dip in order to purify themselves and to ward off ailments. Naga Pahar is another place enriched with scenic beauty. Pushkar and Ajmer are divided by the hills called Naga Pahar, the hills also houses a lake called Naga Kund, Naga Pahar is famous among the photographers as the hilltop provides a spectacular view of the Pushkar city. Nature lovers can visit the beautiful Rose Garden to spend some time in aromatic bliss.

  • Food:

The Main Market Road is the most important place to enjoy street food in Pushkar. Since Pushkar attracts a lot of foreign tourists European Coffee has become the most served beverage. Besides having traditional Rajasthani Food like Daal Baati Choorma, Pyaz Kachori, Lassi etc in local restaurants one can also have food in modern cafes like Little Buddha Cafe, Pink Floyd, Lakeview, Doctor alone. These cafes serve cuisines from all over the world and are highly popular among tourists.

  • Activities:

In the months of October and November the biggest camel fair of Asia is held in Pushkar. It is a big event and celebrated with much excitement. The fair attracts a major part of the tourists visiting Pushkar. Tourists can also enjoy hot air ballooning. Those seeking adventure can hike to Savitri Mata Temple or Pap Mochani Temple. A bike ride to a nearby town of Merta can also be an exciting retreat.

  • Shopping:

Sadar Bazar is the main Bazar of Pushkar and from here one can buy beautiful embroidered clothes, handicraft items, leather goods, puppets etc. Sarafa Bazar is the most vibrant market and caters to the overall needs of the tourists. Besides clothing items one can buy gold and silver jewellery from here. Kedalganj Bazar is especially known for handicrafts and one must make sure to buy souvenir items from here.