famous for its temples and the most notable amongst these is the
Brahma Temple. Pushkar also attracts devotees from all over the
world who come here to take a dip in the holy waters of the Pushkar
Lake. But by far the greatest attraction of Pushkar is its annual
cattle fair, which is a spectacle to behold, and a large number of
tourists visit Pushkar during the time of the fair. Otherwise,
Pushkar is a tranquil and peaceful city. For those who want to know
about Pushkar and its great historical and cultural heritage, a
visit to this city gives the perfect opportunity.
Pushkar has a long and interesting historical past. It has been
referred to in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. It was an important
city during the rule of the Mughals in India. The Pushkar Lake is of
great significance, and is considered to be holy by many. It has
many temples which are also of importance and significance to
religious pilgrims and tourists. Pushkar is well known as a tourist
destination. The rajashthan tourism ministry has taken several
measures to ensure the comfort and safety of the tourists who come
Attractions in Pushkar
month of Kartik each year, Pushkar in Rajasthan becomes a colorful
spectacle of one of the largest cattle festival in Asia. You will
find a number of camels, horses, cows, mules, goats and sheep
accompanying their masters to participate in the Pushkar Festival. A
seven-day festival is dedicated absolutely to these animals. Pushkar
becomes bright with various hues of colors. Thousands of men in
large bright turbans, women in pleated ghagaras wearing armful of
colorful bangles and bejeweled and children complete the setting of
The first five days of the festival in Rajasthan are for selling and
purchase of the cattle. The prospective buyer is attracted by the
owner by praising his animal with long list of virtues. The buying
and selling may take some time because of long-drawn negotiations
and bargains. Once the deal is over, the animals are groomed and
ornamented at the festival particularly the camel. After shearing
and scrubbing, the camel is costumed and sometimes even perfumed
Handmade saddles, long strings of cowries, beads, colorful
saddle-straps, embroidered back-covers and boots are available for
Pushkar Fair is also the time when women folk go on a shopping
spree. The stalls of trinkets, silver ornaments, chains, nose rings,
necklaces, waistbands, anklets, toe rings, hairpins and the ivory
bangles worn from wrist to shoulder are what attract the women in
the fair. Garments of patchwork and tie-n-dye are also on sale.
Tattoo stalls are also crowded with women getting a permanent beauty
spot on their body.
The last two days of the fair are for fun and merriment. Various
events are organized in which camels participate like the Camel
Races, Musical Chairs for Camels, Camel Beauty Contest and Laadoo
Oonth are to name a few.
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.
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.
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.
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
Another important temple in Pushkar, this 12th century temple is
dedicated to Lord Shiva.
How to reach there...
11 kms from Ajmer which is the nearest and major rail junction and
Jaipur is the nearest airport. Pushkar is connected with good
network of road with all nearby cities.
Hotels in Pushkar
Mahal - Symbol of Love
Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India.
This huge mausoleum mosque was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim
Mogul emperor, in memory of his beloved wife, a Persian princess
born as Arjuman Bano Begum but known as Mumtaz Mahal.
Pushkar Fair begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi, which falls in the
month of October-November and goes on for five long days till Kartik
Purnima. The fair is synonymous to a cattle fair.
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