Pushkar Tourism and Travel Guide

Since the long-gone Vedic era, Pushkar has been holding a very significant religious importance in India. The city is known to be the abode of Lord Brahma and also houses one of few existing Lord Brahma’s Temple of the county. Pushkar is one of those rarest places where cultural entertainment and religious significance stand side by side.

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Places to visit in Pushkar

It offers a visual treat to eyes and inner peace to mind. Owing to its spiritual charm, it is one of many unusual places to visit in Rajasthan. Today, let’s get soaked into the piety and culture of Pushkar.

Pushkar Lake

Pushkar lake in Rajasthan

Flanked by over fifty Ghats, Pushkar Lake has a very interesting story of its origin that belongs from the ancient Vedic period. According to legends, Lord Brahma wanted an ideal place for his religious conducts, so he dropped a lotus and the place where lotus fell down, we call it today as Pushkar Lake.

Even today, people believe that a dip in the holy water of this lake can sanitize your sins. During the ‘Pushkar Camel Fair’, you can’t even see a person inches away from you. Pushkar Camel Fair is not only one of largest festival of Rajasthan but also of the whole India. This fair takes place in October-November. Aside from these months, Pushkar Lake is another name of serenity and inner peace.

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Brahma Temple

Brahma temple in Pushkar, Rajasthan

Without Brahma Temple, the description of Pushkar can’t even be started. The origin period of Pushkar city not known but the Brahma Temple is believed to be constructed in the 14th century. Built of bluestone slabs and marble with resplendent red pinnacle, Brahma Temple renders an exceptional ancient Hindu architecture.

Needless to say, Lord Brahma along with his two wives Savitri and Gayatri Devi is the presiding deity here. There are very few Lord Brahma’s Temples in India and this is the certainly the most significant and most-visited one in the country.

Rang Ji Temple

RangJi temple in Pushkar, Rajasthan

Have you ever been to south India? If yes, then you must have seen the inimitable architecture of south Indian temples. Well, I reached South India from Pushkar just to give you the clear picture of Rang Ji Temple. It is completely based on the south Indian architecture – a sky-reaching Gopuram and meticulous carvings & sculptures are the salient features of Rangi Temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu Ji, Rang Ji Temple receives an enormous influx of tourists throughout the year. Certainly, a holy site to get closer to the god or at least to feel the inner peace!

Man Mahal

Though Pushkar is known for its religious significance, still how can the city be devoid of palaces? After all, it is in Rajasthan, the royal state. Located on the eastern side of Sarovar Lake, Man Mahal is the biggest royal
palace in Pushkar.

It was built by Maharaja Man Singh of Amber. Man Singh was highly influenced by the Mughal architecture and Man Mahal is a specimen of it. The palace flaunts a typical Rajasthani architecture incorporated with Mughal carving styles, like Amer fort. Once the royal retreat of Maharaja Man Singh has been now converted into a heritage hotel. Encompassed by the Sarovar Lake and several stellar temples, Man Mahal renders a breathtaking view from its top-roof.

Sarafa Bazaar

When you’re in a state like Rajasthan, you can’t afford to miss the colorful markets. In Pushkar, Sarafa Bazaar is the largest market where you can get the traditional, ethical, and royal stuff. From Rajasthani intricate handcrafts to painstaking paintings, from embroidered traditional clothes to royal jewellery, from weaved fabrics to the turban, and from modern accessories to traditional bangles, the colorful Safara Bazaar has it all.

So, don’t forget to visit this market where the Rajasthani culture is presented beautifully in every way. Due to being a pilgrim, you can get many items of religious interest in Sarafa Bazaar of Pushkar.

Apteshwar Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Apteshwar Temple is one of the ancient temples in India. The temple is believed to be built by the Lord Brahma himself to appease the Lord Mahadeva. The most interesting thing about Apteshwar Temple is that it is built inside a cave and is actually an underground temple. The Hemadpanti architectural style reflects the primeval Hindu architecture. It is a very revered temple in Pushkar. People not only from India but from all over the world visit this temple to feel the spirituality.

Best time to visit Pushkar

You know, Pushkar is a dry region, so visiting Pushkar in summers won’t be a good idea. In summer, Pushkar always remains sweltering and arid with blazing sunshine. Moreover, the ethereal beauty of Pushkar Lake remains almost subdued during this time.

So avoid summers if possible. You can visit Pushkar in winters or in monsoon months but October to March is the best time to explore the colorful Pushkar completely. During the months of October or November, the largest cultural festival of Pushkar named ‘Pushkar Camel Fair’ takes places. So, visit during these months and experience the real Pushkar.

How to reach Pushkar

Though Pushkar is not a big city, reaching there is still very convenient. The city is just 15Km from Ajmer. Once you have reached Ajmer, you can hire any taxi or autos and within few minutes, the tranquility of Pushkar would be touching your heart. Ajmer is the closest railway station but you can also take a halt at Jaipur.

Pushkar is a small city, so it doesn’t have its own airport. Jaipur Airport is the most approachable to get Pushkar. If you’re intended to visit Pushkar by your own vehicle, nothing can beat this idea. Pushkar is well-connected by the road network.

The best thing about Pushkar is that if you wish, you can explore the city even on foot. You won’t need any vehicles within the Pushkar because it is a small city and there is a noticeable spot in every few steps.

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