Pushkar Travel Guide : Sacred city of Rajasthan

The land which is famous for its spirituality and tranquility, Pushkar is the king of pilgrimage sites in Rajasthan.

There are several cities in Rajasthan which have more to offer than forts and monuments. Pushkar is one of those gems of Rajasthan that tourists love to visit during their travel to Rajasthan. The city of pilgrims is located in Ajmer district and is around 150 Kilometres from Jaipur. Famous for its temples and ghats, Pushkar is near the serene Pushkar Lake. This city is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Sikhs.

This enchanting town has 52 beautiful ghats and 400 temples. Pushkar is one of the most ancient cities of India and the temples present here dates back to the eighteenth century. Pushkar is also famous for the Gandhi Ghat where ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were sprinkled. With the opportunity to participate in the colorful Pushkar Camel Fair, this city welcomes you with open arms. One must visit Pushkar to experience the richness of temples and ghats. Here is the comprehensive Pushkar Travel guide to prepare your tour to Rajasthan.

Ancient History of Pushkar

Pushkar is one of the most sacred religious sites and hence is connected to some interesting stories and legends. It is believed that the town of Pushkar was created by Lord Brahma. Once there was a battle between demon Vajra Nabh and Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma killed the demon with lotus and three petals of the lotus fell in Pushkar. Those three petals created the three beautiful lakes in Pushkar. According to religious beliefs, people who visit four Dhams must visit Pushkar in order to achieve salvation. In history, Pushkar was also mentioned by the Chinese pilgrim traveler Fa Hien. This historically and religiously significant city of Pushkar is the place where you must visit at least once in your lifetime.

How to reach the sacred city of Pushkar?

Being the most visited pilgrimage site, Pushkar is finely connected to other major cities of Rajasthan. Pushkar is around 17 Kilometres from Ajmer and 150 Kilometres from the pink city Jaipur. Here are the ways by which you can easily reach Pushkar.

  • Reach Pushkar by Air – The town of Pushkar doesn’t have an airport. Jaipur International Airport is the nearest airport to Pushkar. From Jaipur Airport you will easily find any road transport to reach Pushkar to complete your Jaipur Pushkar Tour.
  • Reach Pushkar by Train – There are fewer direct trains to Pushkar. Ajmer Railway Station is the nearest station to Pushkar which is well-connected to other major stations. You can experience the daily routine of locals while traveling to Pushkar via train.
  • Reach Pushkar by Road – Pushkar is well-connected to other destinations via roadways. Several private and public transports run between Pushkar and other cities. You will also find some luxury buses to reach Pushkar.

Traveling to  Pushkar via any means of transport will surely be the most thrilling experience of your life.

Popular Tourist Places in Pushkar

PUSHKAR LAKE

Pushkar Lake is a famous tourist attraction in Pushkar. The popular Pushkar Fair takes place at the bank of this lake. Pushkar Fair has beautiful cultural performances, animal races, and a large number of vibrant bazaars.

Brahma Temple

Brahma Temple is located near the enchanting Pushkar Lake. This beautiful temple was built in the fourteenth century. Brahma Temple is an architectural masterpiece and attracts thousands of devotees every day.

Varaha Temple

Varaha Temple is dedicated to Lord Varaha and is one of the ancient temples in Pushkar. Varaha Temple was once destroyed by Aurangzeb but later it was restored by Raja Sawai Jai Singh.

Gurudwara Singh Sabha

Gurudwara Singh Sabha is a holy place for Sikhs. This sacred place was built in the nineteenth century. Since then it is visited by several pilgrims and is one of the most important places in Pushkar.

Rang Ji Temple

This temple attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists. This temple is also dedicated to the incarnation of Lord Vishnu called Rangji. The architecture of Rang ji Temple is similar to those of south Indian temples.

Other Popular Places

  • Rose Garden of Pushkar
  • Savitri Temple
  • Atmateshwar Temple
  • Naga Pahar
  • Gau Ghat
  • Pap Mochini Temple
  • Man Mahal
  • Varaha Ghat
  • Kishangarh
  • Pushkar Bazaar
  • Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple
  • Pushkar Camel Fair

Things to do in Pushkar

Pushkar is a wonderful place to experience the spiritual and cultural significance of Rajasthan. There is always something to indulge you while in Pushkar. Here is the list of things you must try after visiting the sacred land of Pushkar.

  • Take a bath in the holy water of Pushkar Lake
  • Enjoy camping in Pushkar
  • Taste some delicious street foods such as Kachoris, Gulkand Lassi, Samosas and Malpua.
  • Watch evening prayers at beautiful ghats
  • Visit the vibrant markets of Pushkar
  • Experience the thrill of Savitri Mata Ropeway
  • Enjoy camel safari in Pushkar

Camel Safari – Camel safari is a must if you are in Rajasthan. Camel safari gives you an opportunity to witness the real rural Rajasthani lifestyle. You will find amazing camel safari services in Pushkar.

Detailed Guide to Shopping in Pushkar

You can’t resist buying the beautiful items in Pushkar bazaars. Pushkar Markets are popular for the variety of colorful Rajasthani products. From embroidered fabrics to antique jewelry, shopping in Pushkar is a wonderful experience. Here is the list of things Pushkar Bazaar is widely known for and the popular marketplaces of Pushkar.

Things to buy in Pushkar

  • Rose products such as rose oil, perfumes, Gulkand, and rosewater.
  • Beautiful leather products
  • Hippie and ethnic style garments
  • Antique articles of silver and precious metals
  • Colorful handicraft items and artifacts

Popular Marketplaces in Pushkar

  • Bada Bazaar
  • Pushkar Fair
  • Sarafa Bazaar
  • Sadar Bazaar
  • Kedalganj Bazar

Best time to visit Pushkar

The best time to visit Pushkar is during winter ( November to March ). The climate is very pleasant and comfortable during winter. You will also find several fun and exciting activities of Pushkar which happen during the winter season. In winter, temperature ranges from 8°C to 22°C. The most popular camel fair is also organized during winter. That’s why winter is the most preferred time among tourists.

If you want to visit Pushkar in summer then be ready for the consequences which may lower the excitement of traveling. Summer in Pushkar is very hot and humid. The temperature in summer may reach up to 45°C. Sunburn and dehydration will surely make it hard to explore the Pushkar on foot.

Whichever season you choose to visit Pushkar, make sure you prepare all the requirements a month before traveling.