Pushkar Travel Guide
Pushkar Travel Guide
Rajasthan has always been the centre of attraction among pilgrims. The place is one of the most visited tourist spot. One of the favorite tourist destinations among tourists in Rajasthan is the Holy City of Pushkar. The town is nestled on the edge of the desert and is merely 11 km from Ajmer. The place is separated from Ajmer by Nag Pahaar (Snake Mountain). Pushkar is very famous among travellers for its divine lake that is Pushkar Lake and many Ghats. This ancient city of Pushkar is also called ‘Tirth Raj’ which literally means the King of Pilgrim sites. Some Hindu philosophers said that visit to the main four pilgrims which is called Char Dham will not bear a fruit unless one bathes in the holy water of Pushkar Lake. Pushkar keeps a major importance in Hindu religion. The place is packed with many temples among which the most important temple is of Lord Brahma (The Creator) one of the trinity. There are 52 Ghats (banks) and around 400 blue colored temples situated on the banks of these Ghats. Pushkar is also called the Rose garden of Rajasthan. The farming of flowers takes place in and around the city and these farmed flowers are exported all across the world. The holy town Pushkar is quite famous among the travellers. The Pushkar Lake, The Pushkar Fair, The Brahma Temple are the major attractions of the place.
History of Pushkar:
The history of the holy city of Pushkar is as interesting as this city. According to the legends, once upon a time there was demon named Vajranabh/Vajraansh, who with his evil activities brings catastrophe to human kind. The humanity was endangered. Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe then decided to bring an end to him and his doing. Lord Brahma then killed the demon with his lotus and some lotus petals fell on earth which later known as Jyaishtha (Major), Madhya (Medium/Middle) and Kanishtha (Small) Pushkar.
There’s one more legend according to which, when Lord Brahma seen that demons were playing with the life of people he decided to do a Yagya (Sacrifice) for which he require his partner ‘Goddess Sarasvati’. Unfortunately during that time Sarasvati was unable to be present during the Yagya. The creator of universe, Lord Brahma then married a girl from Gurjar community who’s’ name was ‘Gayatri’. There after yagya (Sacrifice) was successfully completed and demons were killed but when Goddess Sarasvati came to know about Brahma being married with Gayatri she cursed Brahma that he would be worshiped only in Pushkar and not anywhere in the world. As a result you can see that till date, the temple dedicated to Lord Brahma is only present in Pushkar in whole India and world. The Brahma temple still has a Gurjar priests known as Bhopas.
Culture Traditions and Cuisine in Pushkar:
Pushkar which is considered as one of the holiest cities in World is full of life and colors. The place is full of temples, Ghats (banks of lake), sadhus (holy men) and never ending chants of mantras and prayers praising the almighty. It is believed that once you visit Pushkar in your life,it will be equal to that of your visit to the four principal pilgrims that is Char Dham. Traditions and Culture of Pushkar involve the very famous Pushkar fair, this culturally rich place organize the fair every month in Kartik Month. The trade in camel and cattle are the major attractions of the fair.
Beautiful costumes, ethnic design and groovy accessories embark the colorful city of Pushkar. Silver jewelry, traditional handicrafts along with embroidered fabrics, puppets and brass utensils are some of the items that one can filled in their home. The cloths here are very ethnic and here you can get wide range of cloths such as culottes, kurtas, dhoti, sarongs, shrugs and many more which are woven with silk and polyester fabrics. As for jewelries one would definitely like to consider beaded necklace, lac bangles, funky bracelets and some other traditional items also that speak about the culture heritage of Pushkar.
The lifestyle of Pushkar is simple and easy going. The society of the city is traditional however lifestyle is a perfect mix of modernity and traditionalism. The people here are simple and humble. The hospitality of the people is heartwarming which welcome you with all open arms with open heart. The people are religious. If you want to do shopping, the place brings everything you need. The dance and music has a great influence in the daily life of the people of Pushkar. Some major places where you can fulfill your shopping list are – Pushkar Fair, Sardar, Baazar and handicraft stores.
This religious city has a wide range of delicious delicacies which has their own importance. People here are generally vegetarian and even the Hotels and restaurants in this holy town offer an array of scrumptious lip smacking vegetarian dishes that are widely popular in all over the world. Apart from the traditional Indian cuisine, people here can also savor Chinese, German and Italian food at the food centre here at food joints. Some special delicacies in Pushkar are – Malpua, Dal Bati Churma and Lassi.
Best Places to Visit Pushkar
From last few years, Pushkar is emerging as popular Tourist Destinations in India. Telling us about vivid legendry stories this place is among the most sacred pilgrim sites. The most famous and best places to visit in Pushkar are –
One of the most sacred Lakes in India is a major tourist attraction. According to the legends the lake was created by the Lord Brahma when the lotus from his hands dropped and Lake of Pushkar created. The Lake is also called Tirth Raj which means the King of Pilgrims. There are more than 500 temples located on the banks of 52 Ghats here. 10th Guru of Sikh, Guru Govind Singh read the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikh religion, on one of the banks of the lake.
The Brahma Temple:
The only temple dedicated to the creator of universe in the world. There are more than 500 temples in all in Pushkar but the temple of Brahma has its own significance. During the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the temple was demolished but was rebuilt later on after his death. The temple of Brahma was believed to be built 2000 years before but the preset structure was built in 14th century. The temple is open in all days of the week. The timings are –
In summers – 5 am to 1.30 pm and 3 pm to 9 pm
In Winters – 6am to 1:30 pm and 3 pm to 8:30 pm
The palace was built to serves king of Rajasthan, King Man Singh 1st. This is among the grandest palaces of Pushkar. The tourists who visit the city also do visit this palace. Man Mahal is indeed a treat for eyes that features majestic Rajasthani architectural style of the bygone royal period. Palace of Man Mahal is now converted in to hotel and is called RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) Hotel Sarovar. People who stay in the hotel can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of nearby region and charming lake.
There are some really temples in Pushkar which are also some of the major tourist destinations for travellers. These temples are –
Pap Mochini Temple
Old Rangji Temple
Best Time to Visit Pushkar
The holy town of Pushkar is a prime attraction of this place. The best time to visit Pushkar is between the months of October and March when the season of winters knocks the town. During winter only one can enjoy the very famous Pushkar Mela (Pushkar Fair) that happens every year during Kartik month which generally does fall during the month of November. Generally visitors avoid visiting the city during summer and monsoon season.
How to Reach Pushkar
The best tourist destination in Rajasthan is well connected through every possible way. People can reach Pushkar by –
You can reach Pushkar via Jaipur Airport which is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 3 hours from the town.
Some of the major bus routes that lead directly to Pushkar are between Ajmer to Pushkar (30 minutes), Jaipur (approx. 3 hours), Udaipur (6 hours) and Delhi (10 hours).
Since the town of Pushkar is located amidst mountains and hills, trains to Pushkar are very few and comparatively slow. Although the nearest railway station is Ajmer Junction, that is the most convenient way to reach Pushkar. From Ajmer Station either you can catch taxi or public bus.
This holy town has its own charm and elegance. The sadhus chanting mantras, people taking holy dips in the Pushkar Lake, Maha aartis around the banks of the lake in the temples, allthese are the spirit of Pushkar. This ancient and holiest city is waiting for you with all its open arms. Welcome to Pushkar!!