Pushkar Ajmer

Pushkar - The Land of Fairs and Festivals

Pushkar is a small and tranquil holy town in Rajasthan, located just 12 km from Ajmer and 135 km from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Pushkar is famous for its 400 temples and other picturesque tourist attractions. The Pushkar Lake, in the middle of the town, is considered sacred to Hindus, as it houses the only Brahma Temple in India. According to the legend, this beautiful lake was formed where Lord Brahma, the lord of creation, dropped a lotus on the day of the full moon. Thousands of devotees throng to the sacred Pushkar Lake to take a sacred dip on the auspicious occasion of Karthik Purnima, which generally falls in the months of October-November. According to beliefs, a dip in the holy lake is very auspicious at this time. Besides, being a sacred pilgrimage destination for Hindus, Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar Fair, which has a religious as well as traditional character. Pushkar Festival, the largest camel festival in the world, is held for 5 days in Oct-Nov. every year. Thousands of beautifully decorated and bejeweled camels are bought and sold in the fair. Also on sale during the Pushkar Fair are mouth-watering traditional delicacies. For the entertainment of visitors, a number of colorful cultural and sporting events are also organized. Events like camel races, puppet shows, and folk dances and music make Pushkar Fair an exciting and must see attraction in Rajasthan.

Things to See in Pushkar

Pushkar Lake: One of the most sacred sites for Hindus, Pushkar Lake is the most famous tourist attraction in the holy town of Pushkar. It's a beautiful semi-circular lake with 52 lovely ghats surrounding it. According to beliefs, a dip in the Pushkar Lake on the auspicious occasion of Karthik Poornima brings salvation to devotees.

Brahma Temple: It's the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology, in all over India. The beautiful marble temple is famous for its four-headed idol of lord Brahma. It's decorated with silver coins and a silver turtle on its black and white chequered floor.

Savitri Temple: Dedicated to goddess Savitri, the first wife of Lord Brahma, it's the second most important temple in Pushkar. Located just behind the Brahma Temple on a hilltop, it provides a panoramic view of the scenic Pushkar Lake and exotic sand dunes nearby.

Rangji or Rangnath Temple: Rangji Temple is known for its gracious south Indian style of architecture. The temple houses a huge image of Lord Vishnu. It has a high rising 'Gopuram' (large gate) and Garuda pillars studded with a mythical bird styled in gold.

Varah Temple: One of the most sacred temples in Pushkar, Varah Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has an image of Vishnu in the incarnation of wild boar. According to a legend, Lord Vishnu visited the earth in the incarnation of a Varah (Wild boar) to kill an atrocious demon Hirnayaksh.

Apteshwar Temple: Another important temple in Pushkar, this 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Things to Do in Pushkar

Things to Do in Pushkar

Pushkar offers an exciting range of activities to its visitors. You can enjoy excursions to Kuchaman famous for its fort and palaces, Kisangarh famous for Kisangarh Art, Ajmer famous for Dargah of Sufi saint Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya, and Sambhar Lake. You can simply sit on the bank of the Pushkar Lake and enjoy the beautiful vistas. Don't forget to take stroll down the Pushkar Lake in the evening. As the sun sets, the lake changes color and offers a wonderful sight. On tours to Pushkar, you can also shop for exquisite souvenirs, ethnic jewelry, brassware, embroidered textiles, miniature paintings, leather goods, mesmerizing puppets and pottery. During Pushkar Fair, you can shop for unique items like beads, lovely colorful bangles, leather goods, camel cover, and much more. Visit Pushkar during the festival to experience the original charm of the town. An exciting camel safari is another exciting activity that you can enjoy on your Pushkar tour.

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