Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar lake, various ghats and temples spread all around the lake.
The word 'Pushkar' means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity.
It is situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer at an average elevation of 510 m (1,670 ft) and is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) for devout Hindus. It is often called "Tirth Raj" - the king of pilgrimage sites - and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists.
As of 2001, Pushkar had a population of 14,789.
Pushkar has many temples. Most of the temples are not very old because many temples were destroyed during Muslim conquests in the area. Subsequently, the destroyed temples were rebuilt. The most famous among all is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century CE.
Most of the sights center around the lakefront which can be seen on foot. To venture out into the cuntryside and visit the hidden temples, pedal bikes and motorbikes are available to rent.
Places to visit:
The Sri Sawai Bhoj Temple
Jagat Pita Shri Brahma temple
Apteshwar Mahadev temple
Temple of Rangji (New and Old) or Shri Vaikunthnathji
Gurudwara Singh Sabha
The prime attraction of Pushkar is the Pushkar Lake which is considered sacred like the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. Pushkar has become a place of Hindu pilgrimage because of this holy lake.
Pushkar is also famous for its annual fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) held in November.
Pushkar is but a small town and hence has no airport. The nearest airport is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata by air.
Pushkar is 11 km (6.8 mi) from the main Ajmer bus stand. Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur. There are buses from Jaipur to Ajmer, Indore, Nagda every 15 minutes. Pushkar is about 2.5 hour drive from Jaipur.
The whole of town is considered to be sacred, so whatever rules generally apply to place of worship in India apply to the whole town. Smoking in public is prohibited by law though the rule is never enforced enthusiastically. Consumption of liquor or meat is not allowed in the city, therefore it is advised to respect the rule and not carry any liquor/ meat with you while travelling to Pushkar. It is advised that the men wear full length pants and t-shirt/ shirt and women wear full length clothes. Do not wear off the shoulder tops or shorts while roaming within the city.Take off your shoes at stairs if you are going near the lake.
Bhaang (cannabis) is a local herb, and is available in government approved shops.
Pushkar is well known for lovely jewelry, clothing, shoes, handcrafted items, books, art and more, at quite reasonable prices, so be sure to bring an extra bag to carry all of your treasures home from the beautiful and sacred city of Pushkar.
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