Pushkar City Guide
Pushkar is located about 12 kilometers from Ajmer. Pushkar is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage sites in Rajasthan and it is said 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 sacred lake of Pushkar is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth side.
Pushkar has more than 300 temples and is said to be the only place with a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Tourists take great delight in seeing the magnificent temple of Lord Brahma. There is life-size four-armed idol of Lord Brahma – the creator in the vestibule. There are many other big and small temples such as the Varah Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Savitri Temple devoted to the Goddess Savitri, the Apteshwar Temple and the Rangji Temple etc. All the temples in Pushkar are located around the holy lake, Lake Pushkar and have great historical and mythological significance. The sacred Pushkar Lake has fifty-two bathing ghats built around it. The water around each ghat is supposed to have special powers
According to Hindu mythology, all the gods visit Pushkar for five days in a year to bless the devout and absolve them of their sins. There are many legends associated to the origin of Pushkar and Pushkar Fair but they have one thing in common. They are all associated with Lord Brahma.
Climate in Pushkar
Pushkar has an extreme desert climate, which has hot, scorching days and cold nights in summers while the winters are pleasanter and the temperature ranges around 10ºC. The rainfall is scanty
Every year, the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in October November months is celebrated as the Pushkar Fair, when thousands of devotees throng the Pushkar lake to take a holy dip. Pushkar Fair of India is the world’s largest camel fair, which witnesses over 50,000 camels every year. Pushkar Camel Fair is a rare combination of religious fervor and cultural vibrancy in Rajasthan. It is the best time when you can interact with tribal folks and understand their culture.
The activities in the Pushkar Fair include camel trading, camel races, folk performances, body tattooing, shopping of ethnic articles, puppet shows, acrobatics, moustache competition, bridal competition etc. Bards and poets can also be seen reciting and singing tales of valor and heroism of the bygone days. Along with camels thousands of cows, camels, sheep, goats and their traders are also present in the fair.
How to Reach Pushkar
Pushkar by Road
Pushkar is connected to Ajmer by road, which is around 13 km away. There are plenty of buses taxis and other private vehicles available between Pushkar and Ajmer. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Pushkar has two bus stands. The Marwar bus stand is situated to the north of the town and has buses to some long distance places including Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner. The Ajmer bus stand is located east of the Pushkar city and offers bus services to Ajmer and Jaipur.
Distances from Pushkar to the major cities in Rajasthan and India are Delhi 403 km, Jaipur 145 km, Udaipur 289 km, Mumbai 285, Agra 377, Jodhpur 214, and Chennai 1992.
Pushkar By Air
Jaipur airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 145 km. There are regular flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad from this airport.
Pushkar By Rail
Nearest railway station is Ajmer with direct trains for Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and other major destinations in the region. There is also a fast train called Shatabdi Express which connect the Ajmer with Delhi.
Pushkar is a small place that could be easily visited on foot. A walk along the lake and in the bustling bazaar of Pushkar gives good insights into the daily chorus of rural India. Biking is another good way of traveling across Pushkar.