Pushkar is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage town situated in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Pushkar is famous for centuries old lake and legendary temples. It is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) and located about 11 km northwest of Ajmer at an elevation of 510 mt above the sea level.
The major Pushkar tourist attractions are the Pushkar Lake and the 400 temples that are scattered around the town. According to legend, Bramha (the Creator God) created this lake. The Lake has 52 ghats and attracts many pilgrims who descend here to bathe in the sacred water. It is believed that a dip in the sacred lake of Pushkar is akin to the visits to the four main Hindu shrines known as ‘Chaar Dhaam‘.
The another important places to see in Pushkar is Brahma temple also known as Jagatpita Brahma Mandir. It is one of the very few temples of Hindu Lord Brahma. It is close to the Pushkar lake. The temple holds the central images of Brahma and his second consort Gayatri. Pilgrims visit the temple after a holy dip in Pushkar Lake.
The other famous temples in Pushkar are the Varaha Temple, the Aptaeshwar Temple and the Savitri Temple must see in Pushkar tour. Varah Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Varah is the another name of lord vishnu who is the preserver according to the Hindu mythology. It was originally built in the 12th century but was destroyed by the fanatic Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Then rebuilt in the year 1727 by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The Varah Ghat, on Pushkar Lake, near the temple is also quite popular among the pilgrims.
Pushkar is also known as ‘The rose garden of Rajasthan’ as the flower is grown extensively in and around the town and exported worldwide.
Pushkar Fair is one of the most sought-after fair in Rajasthan. Which attracts a lot of tourists come to Pushkar Fair on pilgrimage as well as to see the display of a mystifying array of items. It held in the month of Kartik that usually falls in November. The 5-day Camel Festival and camel, horse and donkey races are the featured events of the fair.
Best time to visit Pushkar
The best time to visit Pushkar is during the moths October to March.
How to reach Pushkar
Pushkar by Air
Sanganer Airport is located in Jaipur is the nearest airport, located at a distance of almost 146 kilometers from Pushkar. This airport is well connected to the major cities of the India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Indore, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
Pushkar by railways
Ajmer is the nearest railway station, located at a distance of almost 11 km. Taxis and buses are available from Ajmer to Puskar.
Pushkar by road
Pushkar is well connected to the major roadways and main national highways of Rajasthan. which are well connected with major cities of the country such as Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner, situated at a distance of 405 KM, 141 KM, 215 KM and 330 KM respectively.