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'''Pushkar''' is a holy city in [[Rajasthan]], [[India]] famous for its Brahma temple, lake, ghats, and bazaar.  
 
'''Pushkar''' is a holy city in [[Rajasthan]], [[India]] famous for its Brahma temple, lake, ghats, and bazaar.  
[[Image:Pushkar01.jpg|thumb|The Lake in Pushkar]]
 
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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[[Image:Pushkar01.jpg|thumb|The Lake in Pushkar]]
 
Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar lake, various ghats and temples spread all around the lake.
 
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, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month (generally in the month of November)), hallowing the place.
 
The word 'Pushkar' means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month (generally in the month of November)), hallowing the place.
  
Though Brahma is considered to be the creator of the world, Pushkar is the only temple of this important deity in the whole world. This is also considered as Adi Teerth or Teertharaj meaning ancient holy place or the most important of holy places respectively.
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Though Brahma is considered to be the creator of the world, Pushkar is the only temple of this important deity in the whole world. This is also considered as Adi Teerth or Teertharaj meaning ancient holy place or the most important of holy places respectively. There are not many temples built for Brahma because his influence to the daily life is considered not a big as Vishnu (Preserver), Shiva (Destroyer) and Ganesh (Remover of Obstacles). Being the creator, whatever being created is already there, whereas other deities' need to be appeased so that any wishes or favours can be granted or fulfilled.
 
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Nowadays the atmospheric mood of Pushkar has been largely ruined by tourism, and it's widely available marijuana. While it's certainly a great place to meet people and chill out, a cultural experience it is not. You are constantly harrassed by phoney priests for money in exchange for blessings at the Holy Lake, who can get aggressive and pushy when you decline. Lots of ultra-violet glowing merchandise available for purchase, bhang lassis, and stalls pumping out loud sci-trance. Locals less friendly than in other parts of India, presumably because they resent tourists ruining their town.
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
Pushkar is but a small town and hence has no airport. The nearest airport is in [[Jaipur]]. [[Jaipur]] is well connected to major Indian cities like [[Delhi]], [[Mumbai]], [[Kolkata]] by air.
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The nearest airport is in [[Jaipur]], 3 hours away.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Take a taxi or rickshaw from [[Ajmer]]. Frequent buses are available from Ajmer main bus station (rs 8/-)
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There are direct buses between Pushkar and [[Ajmer]] (30 minutes, ₹20), [[Jaipur]] (3 hours, ₹220-410), [[Udaipur]] (6 hours, ₹450), and night buses to [[Delhi]] (10 hours, ₹400-850).
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Buses leave for Pushkar from both the bus stand and the railway station (see below).
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
From Delhi, regular trains are available till Ajmer. There are direct trains from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bhopal, Ernakulam and Bangalore to Ajmer.
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Due to its mountainous location, trains to Pushkar are very infrequent and slow. However, the train station in nearby [[Ajmer]] provides great connections to most major cities in India. From the Ajmer train station, you can either take a taxi to Pushkar (30 minutes, ₹500-600) or take the public bus.
  
===By Taxi===
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From Ajmer, buses leave from both the bus stand and from the railway station. If you are coming off the train, ignore the rickshaw/taxi drivers who will tell you that you have to go to the bus stand 1.6 km away to catch the bus to Pushkar. Walk out of the train station and you will see a pedestrian overpass above the main road. Take this overpass to the opposite side and wait near it on the street for the bus (again, ignoring more taxi drivers). The bus will come and a man will likely be yelling "Pushkar, Pushkar, Pushkar!" - 20 rs, 30 minute ride.
  
www.taxiinajmer.com , www.pushkartaxi.com , www.rajasthantaxiservice.com , campsafaritour.in
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==Get around==
  
Various tour operators and travel agencies offer chauffeured car-taxi services; these are charged on a per km, per day basis. You can plan to take one to arrive into the city or take one for sightseeing in and around the city.
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===By foot===
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Pushkar is not so big and can easily be navigated on foot. Several companies offer ''spiritual walking tours'', which can be an excellent way to see the many temples efficiently.
  
==Get around==
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===By cycle or motorbike===
Most of the sights center around the lakefront which can be seen on foot.
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It is easy to rent cycles or motorbikes to explore the areas surrounding the town.
  
To go further a field you can hire a bike (push/motor) and take in the surrounding beautiful countryside and hidden temples.
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===By camel===
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Camel safaris are a very popular activity in Pushkar. See listings below.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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'''Pushkar Lake''' is a beautiful, sanctified spot in the center of Pushkar. It is said to have been created by Lord Brahma and is therefore a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. The lake is surrounded by 52 different ghats, or series of steps, which Hindus use to descend to the lake for ritual bathing, especially in the month of karthik.
  
* Bramha temple - One of the very few temples for Lord Bramha in the world.  
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===Temples===
== '''brahmatemple.in, brahmatemplepushkar.com''' ==
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Note that while there are many temples in Pushkar, the majority do not allow foreigners/non-Hindus to enter. You will have to take off your shoes to enter the temples. If you only have the desire/time to visit 2 temples, the one-of-a-kind '''Brahma Temple''' and the '''Savitri Temple''', with a beautiful view of Pushkar Lake, are must-sees.
  
* Rangji temple - This is a Vishnu temple built in south Indian style.
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* '''Bramha Temple''' - One of the very few temples in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. Read up on Hinduism to learn why this temple is such a rarity! No matter where you stay in Pushkar, you will hear the daily chanting ceremonies or ''aartis'' conducted here: One begins two hours before sunrise, one 40 minutes after sunset, and one 5 hours after sunset. Not allowed inside: camera, bag, shoes.
  
* Chamunda temple - This is one of the 51 Shakti peeths. It is also known as Manibandh.
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* '''Savitri Temple''' - Dedicated to Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma, this temple is the second-most important temple in Pushkar. It requires a climb of 650 steps to reach it, but the view at the top of Pushkar and the lake is worth the climb. Do it at sunrise!
  
* Pap Mochini temple
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* '''Rangji Temple''' - A Vishnu temple built in south Indian style that is very different from other temples in North India. Poojas are perfomed here by Iyengars of Tamilnadu.
  
* Panchkund Shiva temple - It is around 2-3 kms from the pushkar lake. The shiva temple is said to have been built by Pancha pandavas.
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* '''Pap Mochini Temple''' - A beautiful temple on a hill dedicated to Gayatri, one of the 2 consorts of Lord Brahma. A 30 minute walk north of Pushkar.
  
* Savitri temple - It is located on top of a hill near the lake. This temple is dedicated to the goddess savitri, wife of Hindu god Brahma. This temple is the second most religious temple in Pushkar.  
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* '''Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple''' - The shiva temple is said to have been built by Pancha pandavas. Located on the eastern edge of the town, 2-3 kms from the lake.
  
* Pushkar Lake- Pushkar Lake is a beautiful, sanctified spot to visit in Pushkar. This lake is considered to be very old and of the time when the earth was created. This lake is a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. Lake is surrounded by 52 different ghats to take bath, where Hindus and other tourists come to take a dip in the month of karthik.  
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* '''Varaha Temple''' - The oldest temple in Pushkar. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Not well maintained, but impressive due to its age and spiritual importance.
  
* Man Mahal-
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* '''Aptaeshwar Temple''' - A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with an underground component
  
* Gurudwara Singh Sabha-  
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* '''Atmeshwar Temple''' - A beautiful Shiva Temple
  
* Shri Vaikunthnathji-
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===Palaces===
  
* '''Pushkar Fair: [http://www.pushkarfair.eu] Every year thousands of domestic and international tourists come to be a part of this amazing Pushkar Fair. This fair is organized in 20 Nov To 28 Nov 2012 . Tourists come to take a holy dip in the pushkar lake at the time of karthik purnima, which is basically a full moon day.  Pushkar fair is also famous as colourful and huge cattle fair. Pushkar is well known for it’s camel safari and other adventures activities.
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* <see name="Man Mahal / Hotel Pushkar Palace" alt="" address="On Pushkar Lake" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hotelpushkarpalace.com/" hours="" price="">This beautiful palace was built as the guest house for Raja Man Singh I and has since been converted into the Hotel Pushkar Palace.</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
  
* Enjoy rooftop candle dinners at the restaurant of the guest house.
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* '''Bathe in Pushkar Lake ''' as it is much cleaner than the Ganges, but note that it does not meet water quality standards.
* The small market of Pushkar is good for buying clothes of interesting designs and patterns at very cheap price of €2 to €3.
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* '''Watch the evening prayers at Varah Ghat''', a mesmerizing ceremony involving bells and lamps.
* Visit Savitri temple on small hill which is about one hour climb but view of lake from top is wonderful.
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* '''Watch the aarti ceremonies at the Brahma Temple'''. The Hare Krishna chanting will likely wake you up anyhow, so go watch! See listing above regarding the Brahma Temple.
* If you find water clean take a holy dip in the pond.
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* '''Parikarma''' is the circumnavigation of a religious object - in this case Lake Pushkar. Join other pilgrims.
* You can perform worship of pond through priest but fix up a price beforehand lest he hassles for it.
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* In the evening there is prayer at Varah Ghat with huge lamps and chimes of bell. Attend it, it is mesmerizing.
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* Bhaang (cannabis) is local herb sold on authorized shops of government. You may try bhang lassi.
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* Try mint tea. It has exotic taste.
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* Take a round of holy pond known as parikarma.
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===Safaris===
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===Camel Safaris===
  
Go for a Pushkar camel safari in nearby villages. Pushkar is famous for camel safaris.  Tourists can visit small villages for five days camel safari,Rural Village tours, Local Culture, crop harvesting during their camel safari ride. The view can be exceptionally enticing.  Camel safaris in Pushkar are always a memorable experience for tourists. However,  
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Camel safaris are a popular tourist activity and can last from an hour to several days. The beautiful desert area around the city is inhabited by nomadic tribes and a camel safari can also be a cultural experience to remember. Depending on the desires of the group, the guides can keep the camels going at a comfortable walking pace, can increase the speed to a less comfortable, but faster trot, or even have the camel gallop!
  
*<do name="Pushkar Camel Safari Tours " alt="" address="Vinayak Nagar-c, Near Pentrol Pump" directions="" phone="09828178063" url="http://www.pushkarcamelsafari.com" hours="02 hrs" price="Rs.400" lat="" long="">Pushkar Camel  Safari Tours offers two types of safaris,a “ Sunset/ Sunrise” for those visitors who only have a few hours to spare and an “ Overnight safari” for those who wish to explore the surrounding areas a little more in depth. </do>
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* <do name="Pushkar Camel Safari Tours" alt="" address="Vinayak Nagar-c, Near Petrol Pump" directions="" phone="+91 98 28 178063" url="http://www.pushkarcamelsafari.com/" email='pushkarcamelsafari@yahoo.com" hours="" price="₹350 for 1 hour, ₹550 for a 2-hour sunrise or sunset safari, ₹725 for a 3.5 hour safari, ₹1,000 for a 6-hour safari, ₹2,100 for an overnight safari" lat="" long="">The top-rated camel safari operator in Pushkar. Highly recommended.</do>
  
==Buy=
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===Cooking classes===
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* <do name="Pushkar Cooking Art" alt="" address="Panch Kund Road" directions="Near Hotel Ratan Haveli" lat="" long="" phone="+91-9414656185" tollfree="" email="takshivani@yahoo.com" fax="" url="http://www.pushkarcookingart.com/" hours="" price=""></do>
  
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===Yoga classes===
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* <do name="Pushkar Yoga Garden" alt="" address="Vamdev Road" directions="Next to Sikh Gurudawara and Green Park Resort" lat="" long="" phone="+91 98 28 279835" tollfree="" email="pushkaryogagarden@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.pushkaryogagarden.com/" hours="" price="90 minute class: ₹400">Runs 4 classes per day, each 90 minutes in length. Courses deal with all aspects of yoga from stretching, workout, and philosophy. Highly recommended. Students can stay with the family that runs the center and take classes every day.</do>
  
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===Festivals===
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* '''Pushkar Camel Fair''' (November, during the full moon) - A 14-day fair visited by 400,000 people per year. Features over 11,000 camels, horses, and cattle. Many companies offer packages that include luxury tented accommodation. It is held during a holy time in the Hindu calendar and pilgrims will come not just for the fair, but to bathe in Pushkar Lake.
  
This place is heaven for shoppers. filled with many items like jewelry, cloths, showpieces, books, bags, handicraft,shoes
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==Buy==
YOU will have to carry extra bag because the market fascinates u and pulls u to buys beautiful things
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*<buy name="pushkar garments & handicraft" alt="pushkargarments@yahoo.co.in" address="opp: icici bank atm near new ranghji temple choti basti pushkar" directions="" phone="09460358413" url="" hours="15" price="cheap" lat="" long="">wall hangings . bed covers . cushion cover . pashminas . cotton & silk scarfs. puffs (seat). rajasthani turbone. bags etc.</buy>
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Pushkar is known to be the best place to shop in Northern India. The prices are great, although the quality is subpar. You will find shops selling jewelry, clothes, cushion covers, showpieces, books, bags, handicrafts, shoes, etc.. If it is convenient for you and you need to buy gifts, plan to do your shopping in Pushkar.
*<buy name="vikas handicrafts" alt="" address="opposite rainbow rooftop restaurant" directions="brahma temple road" phone="9413818781" url="http://www.indiamart.com/vikas-handicrafts/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">it's a handicraft's store where you get the best deals in town on handmade paper notebooks photo albums,incense sticks and essential oils.
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Here you get the best quality with the "best price".</buy>
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
*<eat name="Pushkar Restaurant" alt="" address="122/3, Near Bharma Temple" directions="Near Pushkar Fair Ground" phone="+91 1452772729" url="http://www.pushkarrestaurant.com" hours="" price="500 R" lat="" long="">A multicuisine pure vegetarian restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, Continental and Rajasthani cuisine. The restaurant is decorated in fresh & lively the dyed traditional textiles. It offers a choice of continental & Rajasthani buffet.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Aroma Royal Pushkar" address="Main Market" phone="0091 1452772729" hours="breakfast,lunch,dinner" url="http://www.restaurantinpushkar.com/index.html" hours="" price="500 R" price="20-50 for a main meal"></eat>
 
* <eat name="Hotel Sunset" address="Main Market" ></eat>
 
* <eat name="Hotel Sanjay" address="Main Market" phone="0145 2773831" hours="breakfast,lunch,dinner" price="20-50 for a main meal"></eat>
 
* <eat name="Hotel Sunset" alt="" address="Main Market" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Hotel Sunset Main Market. Lovely view of the lake. Go at sunset.</eat>
 
*<drink name="out of the blue" alt="traditional Indian food" address="kapra bazar badi basti" directions="brahma temple road" phone="0919269102811" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Good taste, quick and friendly service, panoramic view of lake. Try pizzas and pastas.</drink>
 
*<eat name="Sanskar Restaurant" alt="" address="end of main market street, opp. Vishnu Temple" directions="next to Om Hotel and Sarovar Hotel" url="" hours="" price="Rs 50" lat="" long="">This low-key local food stall is serving delicious non-fatty thali including curd. Very friendly staff makes sure you really get filled up.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Shiva Buffet Restaurant" alt="" address="way of hotel pushkar palace roof top on hotel v.k." directions="" phone="09928773817" url="" hours="16" price="100rs" lat="" long="">roof top restaurant many things for eat only in 100rs morning 7.00am to 11.30am breakfast . after noon 12.00pm to 4.00pm lunch and in evening 4.30pm to 11.00pm night dinner. Clean and quiet restaurant.</eat>
 
  
==Drink==
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Great lassi shop front of brama temple, serve fresh lassi in a ground bowl, kind of fresh sweet cheese with butter milk. Really teasty, looks like nothing you ever drink was call lassi. Must eat
  
Alcohol and non-vegetarian food are forbidden in Pushkar.
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Note that all restaurants within the city limits may only serve '''vegetarian''' food.
  
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* <eat name="Cafe Lake Veiw" alt="" address="Asthal Ghats, Sadar Bazar, Near Badri Ghat, Pushkar 305022, India" directions="Just Next to Badri Ghat" lat="" long="" phone="+(91)9413781380" +(91)9413781380="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="7am to 10pm" price="">“Amazing food and coffee good quality, nice view of Pushkar Lake”</eat>
  
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* <eat name="A Blue Star" alt="" address="Jamni Kund Road" directions="in the Southwest of the city" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This restaurant has a nice garden with a hammock.</eat>
  
==Sleep==
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* <eat name="Aroma Royal Pushkar" alt="" address="" directions="Near Brahma Temple" lat="" long="" phone="+91 9783162129" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Ourdoor eating in a garden. Good food, although the service can be slow.</eat>
  
* Try to book room in a guest house,Luxury tent ,camel safari, having view of Holy Lake Pushkar. In Pushkar it is the lake that is most important religiously and mythologically. It will cost you something around €5 to €6 in tourist season.
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* <eat name="Cafe Nature's Blessing" alt="" address="Panch Kund Road" directions="in the Southwest of the city" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Half of the menu is vegan. Very clean. High quality ingredients including quinoa, sprouts, and fresh tofu.</eat>
  
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* <eat name="Everest Cafe" alt="" address="Panch Kund Road" directions="in the Southwest of the city" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Located on the rooftop of a hotel, has great views and pet turtles.</eat>
  
*<sleep name="Navratan Palace" alt="Budget Hotel" address="Main Market" directions="Near brahma temple" phone="" url="www.navratanpalace.com" checkin="12" checkout="12" price="1212" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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* <eat name="Funky Monkey Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="Just northeast of the lake, off Main Market Road" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Great coffee also the food menu is minimal.</eat>
  
*<sleep name="Green Park Resort" alt="Hotels in Pushkar" address=" vaam Dev Road, Near Gurudwara(sikh Temple)Pushkar-305022" directions="Pushkar" phone="+91-145-2773532,+91-09414415232" url="http://www.greenparkpushkar.com" checkin="12 Noon" checkout="12 Noon" price="" lat="" long=""> Green Park Resort is one of the Best Resort in Pushkar providing 32 room and 2 Hotels in Pushkar with a big swimming Pool at Pushkar, Rajasthan. It is located 5 mtr from Pushkar Bus Station and main market.
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* <eat name="Laughing Buddha Cafe" alt="" address="Panch Kund Road" directions="in the Southwest of the city" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A wide variety of food options, including Western dishes.</eat>
  
Facilities & Services
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* <eat name="Om Shiva Buffet" alt="" address="" directions="On the eastern shore of Lake Pushkar" lat="" long="" phone="+91 145 5105045" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="mains ₹70-170; buffet: ₹150">Rooftop restaurant known for its great pizza and great view.</eat>
  
Luxury rooms and cottages(attached bathroom)
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* <eat name="Out Of The Blue" alt="" address="Main Market Road" directions="above Suresh Handicrafts" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Popular with tourists as a place to chill out. The view, 4 floors up, is better than the food.</eat>
  
Rajasthani folk music & dance
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* <eat name="Wild Roses Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="Just northeast of the lake, off Main Market Road" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Great curries!</eat>
  
Camel Safari / Jeep Safari / Village Safari
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* <eat name="Yummy Flavors Ice Cream Parlor" alt="" address="Gurudwara Road" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yummy-Flavors/610648712297533" hours="" price="">120 flavors of ice cream!</eat>
  
Overnight Camel safari
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*"Shyam Sunder Cafe"
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Opposite the Om Shiva Garden Restaurant. No frills, good food small street restaurant. Prices cheaper than most Western type restaurants in the town
  
Camp Fire
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==Drink==
  
Bird Watching trips
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'''Alcohol is forbidden within the city limits''', although drinking coffee in one of the many cafes is a popular activity.
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*<drink name="R.R.HOTEL AND BAR near to the petrol pump" alt="" address="near petrol pump" directions="next to the fair ground" phone="09414300003" url="" hours="24 hours" price="90" lat="" long="">the only place with the beer in Pushkar decently priced 90 rupees for big botel 650ml. They have more brands of beer and other types of alcohol with descent price . And also very good non-veg food, nice alternatyive for Pushkar night life  scene :-)</drink>
  
Gala Dinner
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==Sleep==
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Many hotels/guesthouses around Pushkar Lake have rooftop restaurants with views of the lake.
  
Conference facilities
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===Budget===
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* <sleep name="Akash" alt="" address="" directions="Near Brahma Temple, Northwest of the lake" phone="+91 145 277 2498" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="https://www.facebook.com/chilloutatakash" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹500">Features a chill-out café. Managed by two brothers.</sleep>
  
Travel Assistance
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* <sleep name="Aroma" alt="" address="" directions="Near Brahma Temple" phone="+91-145-2772729" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="aromahotel@hotmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.aroma-hotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹750">Rooms are completely spotless, owners are very friendly, helpful and honest. Has a restaurant and grassy rooftop to chill out or practice yoga.</sleep>
  
Shopping Assistance
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* <sleep name="Everest" alt="" address="" directions="Near Main Gau Ghat, a few blocks northwest of the lake" phone="+91 145 2773417 / 5105103" lat="26.49087" long="74.55264" tollfree="" email="bunty_everest@yahoo.com" fax="" url="http://www.pushkarhoteleverest.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹700">15 double rooms.</sleep>
  
Doctor on call</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Green Park" alt="" address="Vaam Dev Road" directions="Southeast of the lake" phone="+91 0145 2773532" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="sales@greenparkpushkar.com" fax="" url="http://www.greenparkpushkar.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹1,000">Large swimming pool.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Pushkar Royal Safari Camp" alt="" address=" Vinayak Nagar Pushkar-305022" directions="Pushkar" phone="09828178063,+91-145-2309944" url="http://www.pushkarfair.eu" checkin="12 Noon" checkout="12 Noon" price="" lat="" long=""> Pushkar Royal safari camp is a Luxury  camp at Pushkar, Rajasthan. It is located 01 kms from Pushkar in the midst of the desert. The Camp consists of Luxury Tents accommodation. The tents have large bedrooms with well-appointed ensuite bathrooms, shower and hot/cold running water.
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The public areas of camp consist of an open-air restaurant which offer fabulous views of the Desert. The Camp comes alive in the evening with campfire, mashaals, musicians, dancers, camel safaris & traditional live cultural entertainment.
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Facilities & Services
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* <sleep name="Honeydew" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+91-145-2772804, +91-145-3295253" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="info@pushkarhoneydew.com" fax="" url="http://www.pushkarhoneydew.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: ₹1,100-1,500; Double: ₹1,800-2,000">Includes swimming pool and large courtyard.</sleep>
  
Luxury tent  Tents (attached bathroom)
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* <sleep name="Kishan Palace" alt="" address="Panchkund Road" directions="Southeast of the lake" phone="+91-98281-71549 lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="hotelkishanpalace@hotmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.kishanpalacepushkar.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹1,600">Lavishly decorated with wall murals. Highly recommended.</sleep>
  
Rajasthani folk music & dance
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* <sleep name="Mamaluna" alt="" address="" directions="Just northwest of Pushkar Lake" phone="+91 98283 97281" lat="26.49209" long="74.55472" tollfree="" email="hotelmamaluna@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.hotelmamaluna.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: ₹700; Double: ₹1,000">14 rooms. Rooftop restaurant, central location.</sleep>
  
Camel Safari / Jeep Safari / Village Safari
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* <sleep name="Milkman" alt="" address="Mali Mohalla" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="booking@hotelmilkman.com" fax="" url="http://hotelmilkman.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm bed: ₹130; Double: ₹250-850">Rooms are very colorful and have really cool murals on the walls!</sleep>
  
Overnight Camel safari
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* <sleep name="Moonlight" alt="" address="Brahma Temple Rd" directions="Near Ganga Mandir" phone="+91 98284 62343" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="pushkarhotelmoonlight@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.pushkarhotelmoonlight.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹300-800">Family atmosphere. Great value. Helpfull and friendly staff</sleep>
  
Camp Fire
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* <sleep name="Poonam" address="Badi Basti directions="" phone="+91 96023 86437" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.pushkarhotelpoonam.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="starting from ₹300 for double"> Friendly and helpfull staff, nice hotel, hot water, good and clean food.</sleep>
  
Bird Watching trips
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* <sleep name="Prem Villas" alt="" address="Panch Kund Road" directions="Southeast of the lake" phone="+91 94146 66830" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="info@premvillaspushkar.com" fax="" url="http://www.premvillaspushkar.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹1,000">New hotel.</sleep>
  
Gala Dinner
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* <sleep name="Rising Star" alt="" address="Mall Mohalla" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The family that runs this hotel makes you feel a part of the family.</sleep> 
  
Conference facilities
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* <sleep name="Sun n Moon" alt="" address="Brahma Temple Rd" directions="Just west of the lake" phone="+91 94143 54864" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="hotelsunnmoon@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.hotelsunnmoon.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Rooftop restaurant.</sleep>
  
Travel Assistance
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* <sleep name="Third Eye" alt="" address="Jamni Kund Road" directions="Southeast of the lake" phone="+91 94146 67267" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="pushkar3rdeye@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.pushkarthirdeye.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹1,100">Beautiful grounds and great Israeli food.</sleep>
  
Shopping Assistance
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* <sleep name="White House" alt="" address="" directions="Near Marwar Bus Stand" phone="+91 145 277 2147" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="hotelwhitehouse@hotmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.pushkarwhitehouse.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹1,100">Rooftop restaurant.</sleep>
  
Doctor on call</sleep>
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===Mid-range===
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* <sleep name="Foothills Camp Resort" alt="" address="" directions="4 Kms from Brahma Temple Towards Foy Sagar Road" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="reservation.foothills@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://foothillsresorts.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹2,500-₹3,500">Jungle camp in the mountains. Includes archery range, shooting range, bonfire facilities, telescopes. Tents are luxurious. Recommended.</sleep>
  
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* <sleep name="Pushkar Royal Safari Camp" alt="" address="" directions="In the desert, 1km from Pushkar" phone="09828178063,+91-145-2309944" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.pushkarroyalsafaricamp.com/" checkin="12PM" checkout="12PM" price="₹2,500">Luxury tents. Nightly cultural performances including music and dance. Camel safaris available.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Milkman" alt="" address="Mali Mohalla" directions="contact Vinod vinodmilkman@hotmail.com" phone="0145-2773452 or 09828355245" url="" checkin="" checkout="10am" price="from Rs.250" lat="" long="">Undoubtedly Pushkar's best backpacker hang-out, Milkman is a cozy family run Guesthouse in a quiet area. It has an excellent restaurant and chill-out area with delicious meals that is great for meeting other travellers. There's also a grassy rooftop to relax on. Various sized rooms with and without attached bathrooms, and with and without air conditioning. Clean and with great decor. Internet facilities, and cable TV's available. For just 100 rupees cash-strapped guests can sleep in tents on the roof. </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Sewara Pushkar Resort" alt="" address="Motisar Road" directions="" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="reservations@sewara.com" fax="" url="http://www.sewara.com/images/pushkar-resort" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹3,600">Pushkar’s foremost luxury resort, sprawling over 15 acres. 40 cottages, an expansive orchard and an animal farm. Very secluded and far from everything else. Wifi at reception only.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Aroma Hotel" alt="" address="Near Brahma Temple Pushkar" directions="http://www.aroma-hotel.com/index.html" phone="Landline No. +91-145-2772729" url="http://www.aroma-hotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Rooms are completely spotless, owners are very friendly, helpful and honest. Has a restaurant and grassy rooftop to chill out or practice yoga. Free internet.</sleep>
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===Splurge===
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* <sleep name="Orchid Tents & Tranquility" alt="" address="Chawandia Road" directions="Northwest of the lake" phone="+91 93514 07672 " lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="thomas@orchard.in" fax="" url="http://www.orchard.in/" checkin="12PM" checkout="11AM" price="₹4,800">Luxury tents. Highly recommended. Very friendly staff. Wild peacocks.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Everest Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Clean and very quiet rooms, with friendly staff. Rooftop restaurant. Highly recommended, free WIFI. www.pushkarhoteleverest.com</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Pushkar Adventure Desert Camp" alt="" address="Motisar Road" directions="Southeast of the lake" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="pushkaradventuredesertcamp@gmail.com" fax="" url="http://www.pushkaradventuredesertcamp.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹4,000, including dinner and camel safari">Luxury camp in a beautiful setting.</sleep>
*<sleep name="honeydew's Retreat hotel & restaurant" alt="" address="opp. shahpura ka ram dwara" directions="the first hotel near the toll tax " phone="+919828083185" url="http://www.pushkarhoneydew.com" checkin="12 noon" checkout="10 am " price="" lat="" long="">Very clean rooms and bathrooms 24 hr hot & cold water ,T.V,wi-fi internet, close to the bus station huge lawns to sit and relax swimming pool. worth a try . non ac room Rs.800 and ac room Rs.1000. check out time can be extended on request.</sleep>
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==Scams==
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Scams are widespread in Pushkar, particularly around the lake. Most frequently, a "holy man" will sit with you and go through a blessing. They will then ask how much you would like to donate to their "charity". They ask for a donation per family member. They will push for 2,000-3,000 rupees per family member you would like to pray for, then 1,000 rupees. Often they will not accept less than 1,000 rupees.
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Despite Pushkar's reputation as a holy town, you are best to avoid the people at the lake. Tour guides often work together with the scammers to intimidate you and frequently follow you around the town after you visit the lake to get more money.
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To stay safe, avoid hiring a tour guide without prior recommendation from someone you trust. Never accept any blessings at the lake.
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* <sleep name="Pushkar Bagh" alt="" address="Motisar Link Road, Village Ghanehera" directions="North of the lake, not in walking distance" phone="+91 94140 30669" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="info@thepushkarbaghresort.com" fax="" url="http://www.thepushkarbaghresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="₹4,500">Excellent views but the mattresses are very thin.</sleep>
  
 
==Respect==
 
==Respect==
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* It is advised that the men wear full length pants and t-shirt/ shirt and women wear full length clothes. Do not wear off-shoulder tops or shorts while roaming within the city.
 
* It is advised that the men wear full length pants and t-shirt/ shirt and women wear full length clothes. Do not wear off-shoulder tops or shorts while roaming within the city.
 
* Take off your shoes at stairs if you are going near the lake.
 
* Take off your shoes at stairs if you are going near the lake.
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* Do not take photographs of bathers in the lake.
 
* Be polite, but do not be pressured into making any offering at the ghats. It is not mandatory.
 
* Be polite, but do not be pressured into making any offering at the ghats. It is not mandatory.
  
 
==Stay Safe==
 
==Stay Safe==
(Female Tourist)
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===Scams===
*If you want to hire local travel guide, do not go with him alone.  
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To stay safe, avoid hiring a tour guide without prior recommendation from someone you trust. Never accept any blessings at the lake.
  
*Find safe accommodation. If you are a solo female tourist, safety is more important than price.  
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* Scams are widespread in Pushkar, particularly around the lake, however the initial introduction can be anywhere in the city, often from a third party or 'referrer' who collects commission from the actual scammer. You may also find people walking and talking with you all the way to the lake - typically to steer you into their friends who are fraudulent "holy men". These men will fluster you as you enter, telling you all kinds of instructions upon entering the lakeside steps and hustle you into blessing that appears necessary for your very first visit to the lake "out of respect". If you are with friends or a partner they will typically split you off. Once you sit with them they will go through a blessing. They will then ask how much you would like to donate to their "charity" to feed and maintain the 52 lakeside areas and staff. They normally ask for a donation per family member, or to match your friend if you were split up by them. They will push for 2,000-3,000 rupees per family member you would like to pray for, then 1,000 rupees. Often they will not accept less than 1,000 rupees. Remember most of these so called Holy Men are nothing of the sort, be firm but polite and decline their invitation to pray for your family. If you do wish to make a donation, use the donation boxes provided rather than giving it directly to them.
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*Avoid wearing Western-style casual clothes such as a mini-skirt, shorts, tanktop, camisole, or tight-fitting t-shirts.
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* When you visit the Brahma temple, you will be given some flower petals in newspaper wrap when you remove and store your shoes and bag. This is the start of the scam that will follow. You will be told that you can offer some of the petals to the priest in the temple and the rest to the lake.  At the temple the priest will give you some white sweet/sugar confection in return for the petals. The bank of the lake is a fair walk from the temple. You will notice that mysteriously individual you have seen at the temple will appear at the lake. So you belong to this group of syndicate who get some commission if any money collected from you. At the lake, a pundit ('holy man') will approach you and usher you to the lake. If you go along, he will perform some kind of blessing ceremony for you (mark you head with some powder) and your family. He will then ask you for a hefty sum of donation, as per above.
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* Tour guides often work together with the scammers to intimidate you and frequently follow you around the town after you visit the lake to get more money.
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* Milk Ladies and children - ignore the women holding babies and the kids who approach you saying "no money, no money, just buy milk (or chapati, rice, etc.)". It's a scam, you will pay double or more the true price, they'll then return the products and split the winnings with the shop owner. ( This is a very popular scam in Siem Reap, Cambodia too )
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===Female Tourists===
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* If you want to hire local travel guide, do not go with him alone.
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* Find safe accommodation. If you are a solo female tourist, safety is more important than price.  
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* Avoid wearing Western-style casual clothes such as a mini-skirt, shorts, tanktop, camisole, or tight-fitting t-shirts.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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* [[Ajmer]] - Buses leave frequently from the Northern bus stand (near Milkman). Also seems to be some from the Eastern bus stand. 20 Rs.
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* [[Jodhpur]] - Two RSRTC buses stop in Pushkar's Eastern bus stand en route to Jodhpur. One at 10:35 and another at 12:05 Tickets are purchased from the office located there for 165 Rs. 5 hours. (Many more depart from Ajmer, check RSRTC website)
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Pushkar

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Pushkar is a holy city in Rajasthan, India famous for its Brahma temple, lake, ghats, and bazaar.

Understand[edit]

The Lake in Pushkar

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, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month (generally in the month of November)), hallowing the place.

Though Brahma is considered to be the creator of the world, Pushkar is the only temple of this important deity in the whole world. This is also considered as Adi Teerth or Teertharaj meaning ancient holy place or the most important of holy places respectively. There are not many temples built for Brahma because his influence to the daily life is considered not a big as Vishnu (Preserver), Shiva (Destroyer) and Ganesh (Remover of Obstacles). Being the creator, whatever being created is already there, whereas other deities' need to be appeased so that any wishes or favours can be granted or fulfilled.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is in Jaipur, 3 hours away.

By bus[edit]

There are direct buses between Pushkar and Ajmer (30 minutes, ₹20), Jaipur (3 hours, ₹220-410), Udaipur (6 hours, ₹450), and night buses to Delhi (10 hours, ₹400-850).

Buses leave for Pushkar from both the bus stand and the railway station (see below).

By train[edit]

Due to its mountainous location, trains to Pushkar are very infrequent and slow. However, the train station in nearby Ajmer provides great connections to most major cities in India. From the Ajmer train station, you can either take a taxi to Pushkar (30 minutes, ₹500-600) or take the public bus.

From Ajmer, buses leave from both the bus stand and from the railway station. If you are coming off the train, ignore the rickshaw/taxi drivers who will tell you that you have to go to the bus stand 1.6 km away to catch the bus to Pushkar. Walk out of the train station and you will see a pedestrian overpass above the main road. Take this overpass to the opposite side and wait near it on the street for the bus (again, ignoring more taxi drivers). The bus will come and a man will likely be yelling "Pushkar, Pushkar, Pushkar!" - 20 rs, 30 minute ride.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

Pushkar is not so big and can easily be navigated on foot. Several companies offer spiritual walking tours, which can be an excellent way to see the many temples efficiently.

By cycle or motorbike[edit]

It is easy to rent cycles or motorbikes to explore the areas surrounding the town.

By camel[edit]

Camel safaris are a very popular activity in Pushkar. See listings below.

See[edit]

Pushkar Lake is a beautiful, sanctified spot in the center of Pushkar. It is said to have been created by Lord Brahma and is therefore a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. The lake is surrounded by 52 different ghats, or series of steps, which Hindus use to descend to the lake for ritual bathing, especially in the month of karthik.

Temples[edit]

Note that while there are many temples in Pushkar, the majority do not allow foreigners/non-Hindus to enter. You will have to take off your shoes to enter the temples. If you only have the desire/time to visit 2 temples, the one-of-a-kind Brahma Temple and the Savitri Temple, with a beautiful view of Pushkar Lake, are must-sees.

  • Bramha Temple - One of the very few temples in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. Read up on Hinduism to learn why this temple is such a rarity! No matter where you stay in Pushkar, you will hear the daily chanting ceremonies or aartis conducted here: One begins two hours before sunrise, one 40 minutes after sunset, and one 5 hours after sunset. Not allowed inside: camera, bag, shoes.
  • Savitri Temple - Dedicated to Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma, this temple is the second-most important temple in Pushkar. It requires a climb of 650 steps to reach it, but the view at the top of Pushkar and the lake is worth the climb. Do it at sunrise!
  • Rangji Temple - A Vishnu temple built in south Indian style that is very different from other temples in North India. Poojas are perfomed here by Iyengars of Tamilnadu.
  • Pap Mochini Temple - A beautiful temple on a hill dedicated to Gayatri, one of the 2 consorts of Lord Brahma. A 30 minute walk north of Pushkar.
  • Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple - The shiva temple is said to have been built by Pancha pandavas. Located on the eastern edge of the town, 2-3 kms from the lake.
  • Varaha Temple - The oldest temple in Pushkar. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Not well maintained, but impressive due to its age and spiritual importance.
  • Aptaeshwar Temple - A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with an underground component
  • Atmeshwar Temple - A beautiful Shiva Temple

Palaces[edit]

  • Man Mahal / Hotel Pushkar Palace, On Pushkar Lake, [1]. This beautiful palace was built as the guest house for Raja Man Singh I and has since been converted into the Hotel Pushkar Palace.  edit

Do[edit]

  • Bathe in Pushkar Lake as it is much cleaner than the Ganges, but note that it does not meet water quality standards.
  • Watch the evening prayers at Varah Ghat, a mesmerizing ceremony involving bells and lamps.
  • Watch the aarti ceremonies at the Brahma Temple. The Hare Krishna chanting will likely wake you up anyhow, so go watch! See listing above regarding the Brahma Temple.
  • Parikarma is the circumnavigation of a religious object - in this case Lake Pushkar. Join other pilgrims.

Camel Safaris[edit]

Camel safaris are a popular tourist activity and can last from an hour to several days. The beautiful desert area around the city is inhabited by nomadic tribes and a camel safari can also be a cultural experience to remember. Depending on the desires of the group, the guides can keep the camels going at a comfortable walking pace, can increase the speed to a less comfortable, but faster trot, or even have the camel gallop!

  • Pushkar Camel Safari Tours, Vinayak Nagar-c, Near Petrol Pump, +91 98 28 178063, [2]. The top-rated camel safari operator in Pushkar. Highly recommended. ₹350 for 1 hour, ₹550 for a 2-hour sunrise or sunset safari, ₹725 for a 3.5 hour safari, ₹1,000 for a 6-hour safari, ₹2,100 for an overnight safari.  edit

Cooking classes[edit]

Yoga classes[edit]

  • Pushkar Yoga Garden, Vamdev Road (Next to Sikh Gurudawara and Green Park Resort), +91 98 28 279835 (), [4]. Runs 4 classes per day, each 90 minutes in length. Courses deal with all aspects of yoga from stretching, workout, and philosophy. Highly recommended. Students can stay with the family that runs the center and take classes every day. 90 minute class: ₹400.  edit

Festivals[edit]

  • Pushkar Camel Fair (November, during the full moon) - A 14-day fair visited by 400,000 people per year. Features over 11,000 camels, horses, and cattle. Many companies offer packages that include luxury tented accommodation. It is held during a holy time in the Hindu calendar and pilgrims will come not just for the fair, but to bathe in Pushkar Lake.

Buy[edit]

Pushkar is known to be the best place to shop in Northern India. The prices are great, although the quality is subpar. You will find shops selling jewelry, clothes, cushion covers, showpieces, books, bags, handicrafts, shoes, etc.. If it is convenient for you and you need to buy gifts, plan to do your shopping in Pushkar.

Eat[edit]

Great lassi shop front of brama temple, serve fresh lassi in a ground bowl, kind of fresh sweet cheese with butter milk. Really teasty, looks like nothing you ever drink was call lassi. Must eat

Note that all restaurants within the city limits may only serve vegetarian food.

  • Cafe Lake Veiw, Asthal Ghats, Sadar Bazar, Near Badri Ghat, Pushkar 305022, India (Just Next to Badri Ghat), +(91)9413781380. 7am to 10pm. “Amazing food and coffee good quality, nice view of Pushkar Lake”  edit
  • A Blue Star, Jamni Kund Road (in the Southwest of the city). This restaurant has a nice garden with a hammock.  edit
  • Aroma Royal Pushkar, (Near Brahma Temple), +91 9783162129. Ourdoor eating in a garden. Good food, although the service can be slow.  edit
  • Cafe Nature's Blessing, Panch Kund Road (in the Southwest of the city). Half of the menu is vegan. Very clean. High quality ingredients including quinoa, sprouts, and fresh tofu.  edit
  • Everest Cafe, Panch Kund Road (in the Southwest of the city). Located on the rooftop of a hotel, has great views and pet turtles.  edit
  • Funky Monkey Cafe, (Just northeast of the lake, off Main Market Road). Great coffee also the food menu is minimal.  edit
  • Laughing Buddha Cafe, Panch Kund Road (in the Southwest of the city). A wide variety of food options, including Western dishes.  edit
  • Om Shiva Buffet, (On the eastern shore of Lake Pushkar), +91 145 5105045. Rooftop restaurant known for its great pizza and great view. mains ₹70-170; buffet: ₹150.  edit
  • Out Of The Blue, Main Market Road (above Suresh Handicrafts). Popular with tourists as a place to chill out. The view, 4 floors up, is better than the food.  edit
  • Wild Roses Restaurant, (Just northeast of the lake, off Main Market Road). Great curries!  edit
  • Yummy Flavors Ice Cream Parlor, Gurudwara Road, [5]. 120 flavors of ice cream!  edit
  • "Shyam Sunder Cafe"

Opposite the Om Shiva Garden Restaurant. No frills, good food small street restaurant. Prices cheaper than most Western type restaurants in the town

Drink[edit]

Alcohol is forbidden within the city limits, although drinking coffee in one of the many cafes is a popular activity.

  • R.R.HOTEL AND BAR near to the petrol pump, near petrol pump (next to the fair ground), 09414300003. 24 hours. the only place with the beer in Pushkar decently priced 90 rupees for big botel 650ml. They have more brands of beer and other types of alcohol with descent price . And also very good non-veg food, nice alternatyive for Pushkar night life scene :-) 90.  edit

Sleep[edit]

Many hotels/guesthouses around Pushkar Lake have rooftop restaurants with views of the lake.

Budget[edit]

  • Akash, (Near Brahma Temple, Northwest of the lake), +91 145 277 2498, [6]. Features a chill-out café. Managed by two brothers. ₹500.  edit
  • Aroma, (Near Brahma Temple), +91-145-2772729 (), [7]. Rooms are completely spotless, owners are very friendly, helpful and honest. Has a restaurant and grassy rooftop to chill out or practice yoga. ₹750.  edit
  • Everest, (Near Main Gau Ghat, a few blocks northwest of the lake), +91 145 2773417 / 5105103 (), [8]. 15 double rooms. ₹700. (26.49087,74.55264) edit
  • Honeydew, +91-145-2772804, +91-145-3295253 (), [10]. Includes swimming pool and large courtyard. Single: ₹1,100-1,500; Double: ₹1,800-2,000.  edit
  • Mamaluna, (Just northwest of Pushkar Lake), +91 98283 97281 (), [12]. 14 rooms. Rooftop restaurant, central location. Single: ₹700; Double: ₹1,000. (26.49209,74.55472) edit
  • Milkman, Mali Mohalla, (), [13]. Rooms are very colorful and have really cool murals on the walls! Dorm bed: ₹130; Double: ₹250-850.  edit
  • Poonam, +91 96023 86437, [15]. Friendly and helpfull staff, nice hotel, hot water, good and clean food. starting from ₹300 for double.  edit
  • Rising Star, Mall Mohalla. The family that runs this hotel makes you feel a part of the family.  edit
  • Third Eye, Jamni Kund Road (Southeast of the lake), +91 94146 67267 (), [18]. Beautiful grounds and great Israeli food. ₹1,100.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Foothills Camp Resort, (4 Kms from Brahma Temple Towards Foy Sagar Road), (), [20]. Jungle camp in the mountains. Includes archery range, shooting range, bonfire facilities, telescopes. Tents are luxurious. Recommended. ₹2,500-₹3,500.  edit
  • Pushkar Royal Safari Camp, (In the desert, 1km from Pushkar), 09828178063,+91-145-2309944, [21]. checkin: 12PM; checkout: 12PM. Luxury tents. Nightly cultural performances including music and dance. Camel safaris available. ₹2,500.  edit
  • Sewara Pushkar Resort, Motisar Road, (), [22]. Pushkar’s foremost luxury resort, sprawling over 15 acres. 40 cottages, an expansive orchard and an animal farm. Very secluded and far from everything else. Wifi at reception only. ₹3,600.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Orchid Tents & Tranquility, Chawandia Road (Northwest of the lake), +91 93514 07672 (), [23]. checkin: 12PM; checkout: 11AM. Luxury tents. Highly recommended. Very friendly staff. Wild peacocks. ₹4,800.  edit
  • Pushkar Bagh, Motisar Link Road, Village Ghanehera (North of the lake, not in walking distance), +91 94140 30669 (), [25]. Excellent views but the mattresses are very thin. ₹4,500.  edit

Respect[edit]

  • The whole of town is considered to be sacred, so whatever rules generally apply to place of worship in India, apply to the whole of 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-shoulder tops or shorts while roaming within the city.
  • Take off your shoes at stairs if you are going near the lake.
  • Do not take photographs of bathers in the lake.
  • Be polite, but do not be pressured into making any offering at the ghats. It is not mandatory.

Stay Safe[edit]

Scams[edit]

To stay safe, avoid hiring a tour guide without prior recommendation from someone you trust. Never accept any blessings at the lake.

  • Scams are widespread in Pushkar, particularly around the lake, however the initial introduction can be anywhere in the city, often from a third party or 'referrer' who collects commission from the actual scammer. You may also find people walking and talking with you all the way to the lake - typically to steer you into their friends who are fraudulent "holy men". These men will fluster you as you enter, telling you all kinds of instructions upon entering the lakeside steps and hustle you into blessing that appears necessary for your very first visit to the lake "out of respect". If you are with friends or a partner they will typically split you off. Once you sit with them they will go through a blessing. They will then ask how much you would like to donate to their "charity" to feed and maintain the 52 lakeside areas and staff. They normally ask for a donation per family member, or to match your friend if you were split up by them. They will push for 2,000-3,000 rupees per family member you would like to pray for, then 1,000 rupees. Often they will not accept less than 1,000 rupees. Remember most of these so called Holy Men are nothing of the sort, be firm but polite and decline their invitation to pray for your family. If you do wish to make a donation, use the donation boxes provided rather than giving it directly to them.
  • When you visit the Brahma temple, you will be given some flower petals in newspaper wrap when you remove and store your shoes and bag. This is the start of the scam that will follow. You will be told that you can offer some of the petals to the priest in the temple and the rest to the lake. At the temple the priest will give you some white sweet/sugar confection in return for the petals. The bank of the lake is a fair walk from the temple. You will notice that mysteriously individual you have seen at the temple will appear at the lake. So you belong to this group of syndicate who get some commission if any money collected from you. At the lake, a pundit ('holy man') will approach you and usher you to the lake. If you go along, he will perform some kind of blessing ceremony for you (mark you head with some powder) and your family. He will then ask you for a hefty sum of donation, as per above.
  • Tour guides often work together with the scammers to intimidate you and frequently follow you around the town after you visit the lake to get more money.
  • Milk Ladies and children - ignore the women holding babies and the kids who approach you saying "no money, no money, just buy milk (or chapati, rice, etc.)". It's a scam, you will pay double or more the true price, they'll then return the products and split the winnings with the shop owner. ( This is a very popular scam in Siem Reap, Cambodia too )

Female Tourists[edit]

  • If you want to hire local travel guide, do not go with him alone.
  • Find safe accommodation. If you are a solo female tourist, safety is more important than price.
  • Avoid wearing Western-style casual clothes such as a mini-skirt, shorts, tanktop, camisole, or tight-fitting t-shirts.

Get out[edit]

  • Ajmer - Buses leave frequently from the Northern bus stand (near Milkman). Also seems to be some from the Eastern bus stand. 20 Rs.
  • Jodhpur - Two RSRTC buses stop in Pushkar's Eastern bus stand en route to Jodhpur. One at 10:35 and another at 12:05 Tickets are purchased from the office located there for 165 Rs. 5 hours. (Many more depart from Ajmer, check RSRTC website)




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