Pushkar is a small town in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is remarkable because it is located around the sacred lake of Pushkar lake, where pilgrims from all over India come together every year. It is also a tourist place with a bunch of different guesthouses and hotels, for every taste and budget. The main catalysts for the tourist flow are two events: Fair camels (camel fair) and the celebration of Holi (Holi festival).
How to Get There?
From Delhi to Pushkar you can take a train: Ajmer adjacent to Pushkar (8-9 hours) and from there by taxi/bus another 15-20 minutes.
The price of a train ticket starts from Rs 500 and depends on the class of the car. For example, 2 speakers (similar to our air-conditioned reserved seat) costs 1000 rupees. A taxi from Ajmer to Pushkar will cost about 300 rupees, bus 20 rupees.
40 kilometers from Pushkar (an hour by taxi) built Kishangarh Airport (Kishangarh), so now you can get to Pushkar by plane. Once a day there is a flight from Delhi and back by SpiceJet.
From Delhi to Kisangarh: 15.20 – 16.20.
From Kishangarh to Delhi: 16.40 – 17.35.
Ticket price from 2000 to 2500 rupees. The earlier you buy a ticket, the cheaper the flight will be. There are restrictions on baggage allowance: in luggage up to 15 kg, in hand luggage up to 7 kg. Over and above this limit will have to pay 600 rupees per kilogram.
Where to stay
If you do not plan to rent a motorcycle and drive around the neighborhood, it is better to consider options in the city center. Here you can simply walk through the streets and choose what you like by location, condition, and price.
Personally, we recommend Atithi Guesthouse ( Atithi Guest House ): low cost (from 500 to 900 rupees), clean rooms, honest and friendly hosts, always ready to help. It is located a bit away from the center, so there is much quieter and quieter.
Very well-groomed protected area with a restaurant on the territory and also very good hosts. The place is popular with Israelis, so here you can take a break from Indian food and try a variety of Israeli. Room rates start at Rs 900.
It should be borne in mind that at the time of the festivals the cost of living increases, so it’s better to come a week before the start.
Pushkar is located 11 km north-west of Ajmer, in the state of Rajasthan, along the lake sacred to all Hindus. Pushkar is one of the most sacred and oldest cities in India. This is a favorite place of thousands of tourists and pilgrims.
In Pushkar, there are more than 400 temples, ghats, and palaces. An important and unique place of pilgrimage is the temple of God Brahma (Lord Brahma) – the creator of the world in Hindu mythology. It is the largest temple of Brahma, not only in India but throughout the world.
Pushkar is located at an altitude of 510 meters and is surrounded by hills on three sides. Nag-Pahar, or Snake Mountain, forms the natural boundary between Ajmer and Pushkar.
According to Hindu mythology, the lotus petals fell from the hands of God Brahma on the ground in three places, from which water immediately made its way. This led to the creation of three lakes: Pushkarskoye Lake, Madia Pushkar Lake, and Kanishta Pushkar. Pushkar is one of those places where God Brahma performed the “ Yajna ” – a fiery ritual.
Pushkar has a huge hidden potential as a tourist destination. It is worth to come here to see:
One of the world’s largest cattle fair is the Camel Fair.
The world’s first temple dedicated to Brahma, the creator god
The most famous sacred lake in the country. 52 bathing ghats that are associated with the lunar calendar. Each ghat has its miraculous qualities and healing powers. More than 400 temples, built in different eras and representing different architectural styles.
Rajasthan Rose Garden – The famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world. Ideal for adventure and travel, the amazing landscape of Rajasthan – lakes, deserts, hills and plants. A number of fairs and festivals in Pushkar, especially on the new moon and the full moon.
In 2019 the fair in Pushkar will be held from 4 to 12 November.
The main temples in Pushkar
Temple of Brahma
An important pilgrimage center for Hindus – the temple of Brahma – is located in the Pushkar valley, which is located outside Lake Nagaparvat and Anasagar. This place is filled with natural scenic beauty, occupies a special place in the hearts of Indians. It is believed that Lord Brahma, along with all the gods and goddesses, performed the Yajna here.
The legend also says that the ancient lake of Sarovar appeared miraculously when the lotus fell from the hands of God Brahma into this valley. The Brahma Temple is the only temple dedicated to God Brahma (the creator of the universe, according to Hindu mythology) throughout the country. You can recognize him from afar by the red spire and the image of a goose considered sacred to God Brahma. Built of marble, the temple is decorated with silver coins with a silver turtle on the floor.
Dedicated to the first wife of God Brahma, Goddess Savitri, this temple is located on a hill just behind the temple of Brahma. While climbing a mountain, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the lake, the surrounding temples and sand dunes. You can climb the funicular, the cost of which to and fro is 250 rupees.
By the way, according to legend, it was because of Savitri that the Brahma temple in Pushkar remained the only one in all of India – thus she cursed Brahma when he married another Goddess – Gayatri – starting her Yajna in Pushkar.
Temple of Ranji
The noble and prominent temple of Ranji is another shrine to which thousands of pilgrims and tourists visit annually. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ranji, who is considered the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The influence of the South Indian style, Rajput style and Mughal style in the architecture of the temple is very noticeable. The high gate tower ” Gopuram “, inherent mainly in the temples of South India, is another feature of the temple.
The Warah Temple is the home of Lord Vishnu in the fifth incarnation of a wild boar. Built by King Anadji Chauhan (1123-1150), this temple is considered as important as the most popular temple of Brahma.
According to mythology, it is believed that Vishnu came to earth as a wild boar to kill the demon Hirnayaksha and free the land from his atrocities.
The Sacred Lake of the Indians, Lake Pushkar, is one of the five most sacred places for Indians in India.
It is believed that it was formed when the lotus petals fell out of the hands of the Hindu God Brahma. According to Hindu scriptures, the sacred lake Pushkar is described as “Tirtha Raj,” or “King of all water-related pilgrimage sites.” The pilgrimage is not considered complete unless ritual ablutions take place here. It is believed that if you conduct a ritual during the festival of Kartik Purnima (Kartik Purnima), then it will be as effective as performing fire rituals (yajn) for several hundred years.
Pushkar lake has a semicircular shape, a depth of about 8-10 meters and 52 bathing ghats.
Ten ghats around Pushkarbylo Lake have been awarded the title of “Monuments of National Importance”: Varaha Ghat, Dadhich Ghat, Saptarishi Ghat, Gwalior Ghat, Kota Ghat, Hau Ghat, Yag Ghat, Jaipur Ghat, Karni Ghat and Gangaur Ghat. The sacred Lake Pushkar along with these ghats is under the protection of the royal families of Rajasthan.
The climate in Pushkar
Pushkar has an extreme climate. The maximum temperature during the summer may reach 40-45 ° C, and in the winter it is below 10 ° C. During the monsoons, it is not as rainy as in the rest of India.
The best season to visit this place is winter (from October to March).
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