Pushkar Tourism

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Pushkar Tourism

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Pushkar Tourism

Country: India

State: Rajasthan

District: Ajmer

Best time to visit: October to March is considered as best time to visit

Elevation: 510 m

Tourist places: Pushkar Lake, Brahma temple, Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Varaha temple and more.

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Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in Rajasthan, India. It is located in Ajmer district of Rajasthan.  It is a very important pilgrimage place for Hindus and the Sikhs. It has been a pilgrimage place for Hindus since the 12th century due to the presence of many temples. The city is famous for the iconic Brahma temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Nestled in the Aravalli mountains, Pushkar is known for its breathtaking landscape and captivating culture. Along with Brahma temple another important tourist place is the Pushkar lake. Every year thousands of people visit Pushkar during the annual Pushkar fair which is held in the month of October and November.

pushkar lake

Climate/ Seasons- Pushkar Tourism

Climate/ Seasons:

Ajmer enjoys a semi-arid climate with summers being pretty hot and winters being mild cold.

Summer season: Summer months are from March to June. The maximum temperature hovers around 40 degrees Celsius during peak months of May and June. The weather remains hot and dry during peak summers.

Monsoon season: July to September are the monsoon months. The city receives intermittent rains.  It would be nice to see greenery all around during monsoon. The maximum temperature may hover around 30 degrees Celsius.

Winter season: November to February are winter months. The minimum temperature may hover around 10 degrees Celsius. The daytime remains pleasant and the best time to move around. Occasionally the temperature may fall to freezing levels.

Best time to visit.

Best time to visit: 

October to March is considered as the best period to visit Ajmer. 

How to reach

Pushkar is easily accessible by air, road and rail. 

By air: The nearest airport to Pushkar is Sanganer airport in Jaipur. It is around 145 kms from Pushkar. It is well connected from most of the major cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai and other cities. 

By rail: Ajmer railway station is the nearest railway station. From there it is a 30 minute drive to Pushkar. The railway station is well connected to major cities of India. From the railway station one can drive down or take a bus to reach Pushkar.

By road: Pushkar is well connected through road. Both government and private buses operate from different parts of Rajasthan also from Delhi.

Places of Interest/ Pushkar Tourism

Pushkar Lake

Pushkar Lake:

Pushkar lake is one of the sacred lakes located in the Historical place of Pushkar. It is considered as one of the sacred lakes for Hindus. There are as many as 52 ghats from where people take a holy dip during Kartik Purnima. People also perform various rituals in these ghats. There are around 500 temples around the lake. Most of the temples were destroyed during the Mughal rule. Some were rebuilt and refurbished. The Brahma temple was rebuilt around the 14th century, but the original temple is around 2,000 years old. Some of the other temples include Varaha temple, Savitri temple and Gayatri temple.

 It is believed that the lake is around 2,000 years old and also it is described as Thirta Guru in Hindu scriptures. According to Hindu mythology it is believed that the lake was created by Lord Brahma and is believed to have healing powers. Out of 52 ghats 10 ghats which are around the lake are declared as “Monuments of National importance.” These ghats are Varaha Ghat, Dadhich Ghat, Saptarishi Ghat, Kota Ghat, Gau Ghat, Yag Ghat, Jaipur Ghat, Karni Ghar and Gangaur Ghat.

During the annual Pushkar fair the place is filled with tourists. Pushkar fair also known as Pushkar camel fair happens in October- November. It is a 11-day festival which ends on Kartik Purnima. It is also Asia’s largest camel fair. The cultural events of dance, singing make it one of the best times to visit.

Brahma Temple

brahma temple

Timings: summer season 6 am to 1:30 pm and 3 pm to 9 pm), winter season ( 6:30 am to 1:30 pm and 3pm to 8:30 pm) 

There are around 500 temples in Pushkar and the most popular is the Brahma temple dedicated to Lord Brahma.  Many were destroyed during the Mughal period. However, it was subsequently built. It is located very close to Pushkar Lake. The original temple is around 2,000 years old but the present structure dates to the 14th century. The temple is intricately carved in marbles and stone slabs and has a unique red color shikara with a hamsa bird pattern.

Garbhagriha has idols of four headed brahma and his consort Gayatri (goddess of Vedas). Towards the right of the idol of Brahma is the goddess, Savitri. Images of peacocks decorate the walls of the temple. The huge idol of Lord Brahma is called the Chaurmurti which has four hands and four faces.

It is believed that the temple was built by sage Vishwamitra after Lord Brahma’s yagna. It is further said in history that Lord Brahma himself chose this location for constructing his temple. The temple is renovated quiet sometimes, but it still retains the original structure.

The temple can be approached after climbing a number of steps.  The steps lead to the entrance gate which is decorated with canopies. The entrance gate leads to mandapa and then to garbhagriha. The walls inside the temple are fitted with silver coins on which devotees who visit the temple have written their names. One can also see a silver turtle in the mandapa facing the garbhagriha.

Varaha Temple

Varaha temple

It is one of the largest ancient temples in Pushkar. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is the form of a boar avatar. King Anaji Chauhan built the temple in the 11th century. The temple was destroyed by Muhammed Ghori. However, it was rebuilt by Rana Sagar. Again, during the Mughal period, Aurangzeb invaded and demolished the temple. It was rebuilt by Raja Sawai Man Singh in the 18th century. The interiors of the temple are carved with stories depicting various Hindu deities and also paintings depicting stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The temple is open from 6 am to 8 pm on all days.

Savitri Temple

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Savitri. It is located on the Ratnagiri Hills behind the Brahma temple. The temple was built in 1867 and has idols of both Goddess Savitri and Gayatri. One has to climb many steps to reach inside the temple. It is believed that once lord Brahma was doing yagna and Goddess Savitri arrived late. Lord Brahma married Goddess Gayatri to continue performing yagna. On seeing this Goddess Savitri got angry and cursed Brahma. Later on, she went to Ratnagiri hills and changed into a river. Later a temple was constructed for her. Thousands of people visit the temple every year and offer their prayers here. The temple remains open from 5 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 9 pm on all days.

Atmateshwar temple

Built in the 12th century, this old and ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is famous for its beautiful architecture.  The temple is built in Hemadpanti architecture carvings giving a magnificent appearance to the temple. This architecture was predominant during the Yadava dynasty. It is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. The interiors of the temple are magnificently carved by the Hindu mythological stories. The ceiling is carved out of a single stone. The temple is open from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on all days.

Rangji temple

Rangji Temple

It is one of the ancient temples existing in Pushkar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rangji, incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The construction of the temple was started in 1823 and Setu Puran Mal Ganeriwal from Hyderabad funded the construction. The temple is a confluence of Rajput, Dravidian and Mughal architecture style. The temple has a high rising gopuram which is usually present in the South Indian temples. The temple also has idols of Goddess Laxmi, Goddamaji, Lord Krishna and Shri Ramaunjacharya. The temple is open from 6 am to 7 pm on all days. The nearest railway station is Ajmer Railway station which is around 12 kms.

Pap Mochini temple

It is the temple dedicated to Goddess Gayatri. It is considered as a very sacred temple as all the bad sins would be washed away here.  It is said that the legend from Mahabaratha, Ashwathama visited the temple to take the blessings of the goddess. The temple offers one of the spectacular views of Pushkar city. It is one of the most popular temples in Rajasthan with beautiful architecture all around.

Apteshwar temple

It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva situated on the banks of Pushkar Lake. It is an underground temple built around the 10th century. It is believed that the original temple was destroyed by the Mughals. The temple is open from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Pushkar Fair

Pushkar Fair

Pushkar fair is one of the biggest and important events for Pushkar. It is also known as Pushkar Camel Fair or Karthik Mela. It is a traditional livestock and cultural fair held every year in the month of October or November. As per Hindu calendar it is held in the Karthik month. Thousands of people visit this place to take bath in the Pushkar lake and pray to Lord Brahma.  It is considered sacred to take bath in this month of the year.

It is also one of the largest camel, horse and cattle fairs. Rural families keep shops of handicrafts, clothes, textiles and fabrics along the Pushkar Lake. While men would be busy trading camels, horses, cows, sheep and goats. Animals are brought here and sold during the festival. The festival also has a range of cultural and religious activities including musical performances by various artists. Various events and competitions held here are like matka phod, camel race, bridal competition, the tug of war between men's team and women's team.

The festival shows the rural life and culture of rajasthan. The vibrant atmosphere is truly breathtaking and a memorable experience to the visitors.

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