Pushkar is a holy city in Rajasthan, India famous for its Brahma temple, lake, ghats, and bazaar.
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.
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.
Take a taxi or rickshaw from Ajmer. Frequent buses are available from Ajmer main bus station (INR 13, as of February 2014).
From Delhi, regular trains are available till Ajmer. There are direct trains from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bhopal, Ernakulam and Bangalore to Ajmer.
Now possible to get direct from Ajmer to Pushkar by train, and for less than half the price of the bus!
The train (named the 59607/59608 Ajmer-Pushkar Passenger)and it will run every day except Tuesdays and Fridays. Departure time from Ajmer is 9.15 a.m. and arrival time in Pushkar is 10.40 a.m. Returning, the train departs Pushkar at 3.40 p.m. and reaches Ajmer at 5 p.m. The fare is only 5 rupees.
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.
Most of the sights center around the lakefront which can be seen on foot.
To go further a field you can hire a bike (push/motor) and take in the surrounding beautiful countryside and hidden temples.
- [ Bramha temple] - One of the very few temples for Lord Bramha in the world.
- Rangji temple - This is a Vishnu temple built in south Indian style.
- Chamunda temple - This is one of the 51 Shakti peeths. It is also known as Manibandh.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pushkar Fair:  Every year, thousands of domestic and international tourists come to be a part of this amazing Pushkar Fair. This fair was hold in 2013 from the 07th of November to 17th of November. 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.
- Enjoy rooftop candle dinners at the restaurant of the guest house.
- The small market of Pushkar is good for buying clothes of interesting designs and patterns at very cheap price of €2 to €3.
- Visit Savitri temple on small hill which is about one hour climb but view of lake from top is wonderful.
- If you find water clean take a holy dip in the pond.
- You can perform worship of pond through priest but fix up a price beforehand lest he hassles for it.
- In the evening there is prayer at Varah Ghat with huge lamps and chimes of bell. Attend it, it is mesmerizing.
- Bhaang (cannabis) is local herb sold on authorized shops of government. You may try bhang lassi.
- Try mint tea. It has exotic taste.
- Take a round of holy pond known as parikarma.
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,
- Pushkar Camel Safari Tours, Vinayak Nagar-c, Near Pentrol Pump, ☎ 09828178063, . 02 hrs. 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. Rs.400.
This place is heaven for shoppers. filled with many items like jewelry, cloths, showpieces, books, bags, handicraft,shoes
YOU will have to carry extra bag because the market fascinates u and pulls u to buys beautiful things
- pushkar garments & handicraft ([email protected]), opp: icici bank atm near new ranghji temple choti basti pushkar, ☎ 09460358413. 15. wall hangings . bed covers . cushion cover . pashminas . cotton & silk scarfs. puffs (seat). rajasthani turbone. bags etc. cheap.
- vikas handicrafts, opposite rainbow rooftop restaurant (brahma temple road), ☎ 9413818781, . 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. Here you get the best quality with the "best price".
- Pushkar Restaurant, 122/3, Near Bharma Temple (Near Pushkar Fair Ground), ☎ +91 1452772729, . 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. 500 R.
- Aroma Royal Pushkar, Main Market, ☎ 0091 1452772729, . 20-50 for a main meal.
- Hotel Sunset, Main Market.
- Hotel Sanjay, Main Market, ☎ 0145 2773831. breakfast,lunch,dinner. 20-50 for a main meal.
- Hotel Sunset, Main Market. Hotel Sunset Main Market. Lovely view of the lake. Go at sunset.
- out of the blue (traditional Indian food), kapra bazar badi basti (brahma temple road), ☎ 0919269102811. Good taste, quick and friendly service, panoramic view of lake. Try pizzas and pastas.
- Sanskar Restaurant, end of main market street, opp. Vishnu Temple (next to Om Hotel and Sarovar Hotel). This low-key local food stall is serving delicious non-fatty thali including curd. Very friendly staff makes sure you really get filled up. Rs 50.
- Shiva Buffet Restaurant, way of hotel pushkar palace roof top on hotel v.k., ☎ 09928773817. 16. 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. 100rs.
- YummyFlavors, Gurudwara Road, Pushkar (The parlor is located at Gurudwara Road next to Oasis Hotel.), ☎ 917737150084, . 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM. Yummy Flavors is a well known Ice Cream Parlor in Pushkar area and the only parlor with more than 120 different flavors of Ice Creams and milk shakes.! INR 20-800.
Alcohol and non-vegetarian food are forbidden in Pushkar.
As the city is really tourist-oriented, waiters may offer you to have a beer even if it's not on the menu.
Regarding the meat, it's also possible to find some, but it's actually not recommended as it may not be so fresh.
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.
- Pushkar Royal Safari Camp, Vinayak Nagar Pushkar-305022 (Pushkar), ☎ 09828178063,+91-145-2309944, . checkin: 12 Noon; checkout: 12 Noon. 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. 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. Facilities & Services Luxury tent Tents (attached bathroom) Rajasthani folk music & dance Camel Safari / Jeep Safari / Village Safari Overnight Camel safari Camp Fire Bird Watching trips Gala Dinner Conference facilities Travel Assistance Shopping Assistance Doctor on call
- Aroma Hotel, Near Brahma Temple Pushkar (http://www.aroma-hotel.com/index.html), ☎ Landline No. +91-145-2772729, . 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.
- Milkman, Mali Mohalla, ☎ 0145-2773452 or 09828355245 ([email protected]). checkout: 10am. 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, WiFi and cable TV's available. For just 100 rupees cash-strapped guests can sleep in tents on the roof. from Rs.250. (26.49209,74.55472)
- Hotel Mama Luna, Bari Mohalla, Badi Basti, Near Brahma Chowk, ☎ 9828397281 ([email protected]). checkout: 10am. Hotel Mama Luna offers 14 rooms to stay. AC and nonAC rooms available. Friendly staff (especially GM). Free Wifi, sightseeing advice, and welcome chai - all for free! Prices quoted are for "average" season. Ask reception for low season prices. http://www.hotelmamaluna.com from Rs.150-700. (26.49209,74.55472)
- Everest Hotel. Clean and very quiet rooms, with friendly staff. Rooftop restaurant. Highly recommended, free WIFI. www.pushkarhoteleverest.com
- honeydew's Retreat hotel & restaurant, opp. shahpura ka ram dwara (the first hotel near the toll tax), ☎ +919828083185, . checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 10 am. 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.
- Tibetan kitchen rof top restaurant, chotti basti main market (near dev narayan tample), ☎ 09660319187. Very tasty and interesting all kind of food for the town, free WI FI
- Green Park Resorts (Green Park Resorts), Vaam dev Road, Near Gurudwara, pushkar (Near gurudwara), ☎ 01452773532, . checkin: 12:00 AM; checkout: 12:00 AM. Best Luxury hotel in pushkar offering unique accommodation in pushkar with a big swimming pool, free WiFi. http://www.greenparkpushkar.com 20 $.
- Pushkar Resorts, Motisar Road, Village - Ganhera, Ajmer City, Rajasthan, India, ☎ 011 2649 4531, . Pushkar Resorts, a unit of Sewara, is Pushkar’s foremost luxury resort, sprawling over 15 acres, just a little outside Pushkar city. The natural landscape of the resort creates a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors with lush green gardens and small water bodies. With 40 cottages, an expansive orchard and an animal farm, the warm hues of the property reflect rugged luxury with great emphasis on the natural environment. Each cottage has a common garden area housing flowering plants, creepers and climbers, perfect for mindless relaxation.
- 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.
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.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.
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.
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.
To stay safe, avoid hiring a tour guide without prior recommendation from someone you trust. Never accept any blessings at the lake.
- 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.