Pushkar is one of the most ancient cities of India, and an important centre of pilgrimage for Hindus. Located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan in midst of Aravali range, Pushkar has a magnetic appeal. Pushkar with its magnificent temples and number of bathing ghats takes you closer to the divine power. Resounding with chanting prayers and religious songs, Pushkar is a happy tourist attraction with a dash of commercialism.
Pushkar Lake is one of the major attractions here. The lake is considered as the holiest lake in India. This beautiful lake is believed to be created by the fallen petals of Lord Brahma’s lotus when he was destroying the demon Vajra Nabha. The mention of Pushkar Lake can be found in some old books like Abhigyan Sakuntalam, Mahabharat and Ramayana.
Dedicated to the creator God, Brahma, the Jagtpita Brahma Mandir is another popular attraction here. Made entirely of stone stabs and marble, this temple is one of the prominent shrines of Pushkar. The distinguished feature of this temple is its red coloured shikara. The walls of the temple are decorated with images of peacock and the Sarasvati’s mount.
Another major attraction here is the Varaha Temple which was originally built in the 12th century. The temple was destroyed by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, and was then rebuilt in the 18th century by Raja Sawai Man Singh II.
This temple is located on top of a hill called Ratnagiri, and is dedicated to Brahma’s wife Savitri. Situated at an elevation of about 750 ft, one can trek up the hill to catch the beautiful view of the Pushkar Lake. The temple has three idols; Goddess Savitri in the middle, goddess Sharda on the right side and goddess Saraswati on the left.
Another popular attraction of Pushkar is the Man Mahal, which is among the grandest palaces of Pushkar. The magnificent Rajasthani architecture of the Mahal is a visual treal. Man Mahal has now been converted into a heritage hotel, however, it still retains its old world charm. The palace not only gives you a peek into the bygone era but offers you a stunning view of the lake and surrounding regions.
While the weather and festivities in Pushkar stay alive all year long, the best time to visit the holy town is between November and March. During this time, the weather is pleasant, and the desert is a whole lot friendlier for those day-long safaris.
By Air - Jaipur airport is the nearest airport to Pushkar with a distance of 131 kilometers.
By Rail - Ajmer is the nearest railway station to Pushkar. There are a number of trains that connects Pushkar with other parts of the country.
By Road - There is a wide network of roads that connects Pushkar with other parts of the country. It is very well connected to major cities like Delhi (392 kms), Bikaner (233 kms), Jaipur (138 kms), Jaisalmer (490 kms) etc.