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Pushkar City

Facts at a Glance

Country: India
State: Rajasthan
District: Ajmer
Location: Central Rajasthan
Altitude: 510 m
Population: 14,790
Language: Hindi, Rajasthani
Known for: Pushkar Camel Fair
Nearby Cities: Jaipur,Ajmer, Jodhpur, Nagaur

Located in the central part of Rajasthan, in Ajmer District of Aravalli region, Pushkar is one of the most popular tourists’ attractions of not only Rajasthan but whole India. It is one among the five Hindu sacred dhams.

The word ‘Pushkar’ is a Sanskrit word, which means ‘blue lotus flower’; actually, it is believed that the God released a swan, which has lotus flower in its beak and let the flower fall on the earth where god Brahma would perform a grand yagna. And, as per the scripture, Pushkar is the place where lotus flower fell.

One of the historic cities of Rajasthan, Pushkar lies on the Shore of Pushkar Lake and as per belief, it was created by god Brahma. So, by virtue of being a city of gods, it has many temples; however, many temples were ruined by Muslim monarchs. But many of them again re-constructed. Among all temples, Brahma Temple is the most important because there are very few temples of god Brahma in the whole world. The 14th century built Lord Brahma Temple at Pushkar is the most popular one. Besides, the Pushkar Camel Fair that takes place in November month of every year is one of the major attractions of Pushkar. Above all, camel safari is one of the most thrilling activities in Pushkar.

Major Tourists’ Attractions of Pushkar

• Pushkar Fair: One of the largest cattle fairs of India, Pushkar Fair is a five days fair that held in the month of November of every year. Among the animals, camel is the most significant here. Interestingly, all these camels are adorned and ornamented like bride. In addition, during the festival period, people visiting here also take a dip in the Holy Lake and worship the gods. The entire region is adorned and various horse and camel race, folk music and dance, magic shows and various other traditional entertainment activities are shown here.

• Pushkar Lake: Similar to Mansarovar Lake of Tibet, Pushkar Lake is also a sacred lake and one of the most preferred sites in Pushkar. As per scripture, Pushkar became Hindu pilgrimage site only because of sacred Pushkar Lake. The reason behind this is – Lord Brahma dropped the lotus flower here resultantly the Pushkar Lake created.

• Brahma Temple: Lord Brahma Temple is the most important temple of Pushkar. It is only temple in whole world where Lord Brahma is worshiped.

• Varah Temple: Dedicated to God Vishnu, Varah Temple is one of the most popular temples of Pushkar. As per the belief, Lord Vishnu visited this place to kill an atrocious demon Hirnayaksha.

• Savitri Temple: Dedicated to goddess Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma, it is located at the top of the Ratnagiri Hill.

• Old Pushkar: Located at the distance of about 5 kms from Pushkar Lake, it is equally important.

Other Popular Attractions

• The Sri Sawai Bhoj Temple
• Varaha Temple
• Apteshwar Mahadev Temple
• Baba the Cosmic Barber
• Temple of Rangji
• Man Mahal
• Gurudwara Singh Sabha

How to Reach??

By Road: Located merely at the distance of 11 kms from Ajmer, Pushkar is well connected with road. The frequencies of buses from Ajmer and other cities like Jaipur, Delhi etc are pretty high.

By Rail: Pushkar is itself a railway station and linked with various other major and minor cities of Rajasthan.

By Air: Located at the distance of 146 kms from Pushkar Jaipur is the nearest airport.

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