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Pushkar Travel Guide

 
 

Pushkar is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage sites and it is said that a dip in the sacred lake of Pushkar is akin to the visits to the four main Hindu shrines known as 'Chaar Dhaam'. The charming lake of Pushkar is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth and presents an ideal site for the religious and cattle fair, which is held every year in the month of October or November. Pushkar alone has more than 400 temples and is said to be the only place with a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, one of the most important member of the Holy Trinity of Hindus who is known as 'The Creator').

According to Hindu mythology, all the gods visit Pushkar for five days in a year to bless the devout and absolve them of their sins. There are many legends associated to the origin of Pushkar and Pushkar Fair but they have one thing in common. They are all associated with Lord Brahma. A visit to pushkar Fair is an experience of a lifetime and is certainly not worth a miss.

Camel Safari in Pushkar
Camel Safari in Pushkar is a once in a lifetime experience. India Profile tailors these safaris to suit your requirements. Explore the rugged terrain of the Great Indian Desert of Sahara, while using camels as your load bearers. Sleep under the starlit skies. A traveler could not ask for a better introduction to the stark beauty of this place otherwise more famous for its spiritual activities. There is not an iota of doubt that a visit to Pushkar is incomplete without experiencing a camel safari.

Pushkar Lake
Anything even remotely related to Pushkar Lake has a halo of sacredness and divinity. Legend has it that a dip in its waters cleanses all the sins and is the surest way to achieve salvation from the cycles of life. Circled by some five hundred odd temples, the lake has 52 ghats, which connect the temples to the water. These ghats were constructed by the rulers of the different erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan and some of them are aptly named after the states.

Pushkar Fair
11km northwest of Ajmer is located the small town of Pushkar, one of the holiest sites in India. Every year on the day of auspicious Kartik Purnima, the full-moon phase of October/November, Pushkar brings in thousands of pilgrims from all over the country to take a holy dip in the waters of the lake, which are believed to cleanse the soul of all sins.

Alongside this annual religious festival, a camel fair, hailed as the largest camel market in the world, is held where people buy and sell livestock when more than 200,000 traders, dealers and tourists throng here to the west of the lake. The magical color of the camel fair, added by the mesmerizing desert landscape and legendary religious atmosphere, has made Pushkar one of Rajasthan tourist destinations in Rajasthan.

The camel festival adds magic to the atmosphere surcharged with activity. The transition of Pushkar from a peaceful desert town is absolute. Hordes of pilgrims, traders and thousands of tourists make their presence felt in a strong way. Hotels and restaurants are full to the capacities. People from all over the state of Rajasthan throng at Pushkar and spend the days in the makeshift tents in the sand dunes. The night campfires, wafting delicious cooking smell and traditional folk music floating through the air create an ambience which beggars description.

How to Reach

  • Air
    The nearest airport is at Jaipur, which is 131 km away.
  • Rail
    Ajmer, situated at a distance of 11 km from Pushkar, is the nearest railhead. Ajmer an important destination on its own right, Ajmer is well connected with major places in Rajasthan.
  • Road
    Pushkar is home to two bus stands. The Marwar bus stand, in the north of town by the post office, has buses to some long distance places including Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner while the Ajmer bus stand is located east of the Pushkar town and offers bus services to Ajmer and Jaipur. Pushkar is well connected to Ajmer by bus.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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