One among the foremost Hindu pilgrimages, Pushkar is in fact much more than just a religious destination. It is also popular among the tourists for myriad other reasons, Pushkar lake also being one of them. There are about 400 temples in the place and Pushkar is the only place to have a temple which is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The fascinating lake of Pushkar is set in an equally fascinating location as it is surrounded by sand dunes on one side and by hills on the other three sides. The area surrounding Pushkar lake is the site of the famous religious and cattle fair which is held every year in the month of October or November. Though there are several legends in circulation regarding origin of Pushkar, the common thread that runs through all of them is that all the legends are associated with Lord Brahma.
» Brahma Temple : Pushkar is the only place in the world which has a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. This temple is considered very pious and sacred by all the Hindus. The floor and stairs of the temple are made of marble and it is customary for the devotees to put coins here to mark the births and deaths of their loved ones.
» Pushkar Lake : The legend associated with the Pushkar Lake says that it was formed when petals from Lord Brahma's lotus fell on earth at this place. The lake is surrounded by about 400 temples, 52 palaces and 52 ghats (lake front) on all sides. The world famous Pushkar fair is also organized on Kartik Purnima on the banks of the lake.
» Savitri Temple : As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma. It is located on the Ratnagiri hill and has an interesting legend associated with it. It is said that once Lord Brahma had to conduct a “Yagna” (a holy Hindu rite) at a very short notice. Since he could not do it without his wife Savitri, who was not there, he married a local milkmaid after purifying her. This infuriated Savitri who cursed her husband that he would not be worshiped anywhere except Pushkar.
» Man Mahal : It is a magnificent palace built by Raja Man Singh. Located on the banks of the Pushkar Lake, it has now been converted into a hotel.
Staying in Pushkar
The accommodation options in Pushkar include some of the best 3 star, deluxe and heritage hotels which are equipped with some of the best interiors and modern facilities. Whatever your preferences, you can always find a hotel at Pushkar that will serve your individual needs. Some of the important hotels in Pushkar are Master Paradise, Pushkar Fort, Royal Camp, Green Park Resort and Hotel New Park.
Shopping in Pushkar
Pushkar has an enormous reservoir of souvenirs and the tourists to the place seem to be already aware of the fact. They regularly throng the markets at Pushkar to shop for the embroidery, textiles, jewellery, miniature paintings and puppets. The famous shopping centres of the place are Sarafa Bazar, Baza Bazar and Kedalganj Bazar.
The Sanganer Airport at Jaipur is the nearest airport which is 138 km away from Pushkar. Ajmer is the nearest railhead from Pushkar which is 11 km away. It is connected by regular trains with Delhi, Agra, Udaipur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. Pushkar is easily accessible by road and regular bus services are available to all the major cities.