Top 7 Places in Pushkar, Temperature, Best Time to Visit, Hotels etc. – A Complete Guide
Pushkar is unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. This small, but the enchanting town has the right mix of mysticism, religious fervor, and magnetism that attract new-age travelers to linger here. Pushkar is one of India’s oldest urban centers. The tranquil city of Pushkar, located northwest of Ajmer.
The town of Pushkar, India is set around Pushkar Lake, its 52 ghats being the center of attention of sorts. The food here is vegetarian and vegan, more than 400 temples find their ground in its soil, there are the ghats, the hills, and then there’s the desert.
A legacy of timeless architectural heritage, coupled with an intriguing mythological past, makes Pushkar a fascinating region. With hills that can be hiked upon and temples that can be explored, Pushkar city has quite a lot to offer, and this is my effort of summing it all up in a pretty simple Pushkar travel blog.
There are different versions of similar legendary myths related to Lord Brahma- the creator according to Hinduism. Legend has it that Lord Brahma trusted himself to be the maker of the Universe dropped a lotus to the ground prompting the quick formation of a lake.
Another story says that the town itself encircles a holy lake, thought to have been created when Lord Brahma vanquished a demon named Vajranash, using a lotus flower. The lotus flower fell to the ground, creating Pushkar lake. The town contains one of the world’s only Brahma temples, making it a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town that devout Hindus should visit at least once in their lives.
The word ‘Pushkar’ means blue lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. Surrounded by the Aravalli mountain range, Pushkar is a stunning getaway for nature lovers interested in a sneak peek into the Hindu religion.
How to reach?
Reaching Pushkar is not very laborious. Its connectivity via all major means of transportation, excluding the waterborne medium, makes it a prime location of destination weddings in northern India. Here are the various means to reach this saintly city.
By Road: Pushkar is well connected to other cities in Rajasthan by road via different National Highways. Road travel is the most convenient way to get to Pushkar since trains are not very frequent. You can hire taxis or take private/state tourism buses from there to reach Pushkar.
Pushkar is merely 15 km away from Ajmer and can be reached via autos too. However, Jaipur is 145 km, Agra is 385 km, Delhi is 414 km, Ahmedabad is 565 km and Chandigarh is 650 km away from Pushkar by road. The journey from these cities will require a 4 to 12 hours journey.
By Air: Pushkar doesn’t have an airport but can be reached by the nearest airport is in Jaipur which is well connected to all domestic and international destinations. One can land in New Delhi as well to reach Pushkar.
Flights from all major cities of the country can be taken to reach Pushkar through Sanganer. Taxis, transport buses, and shared cabs are also easily available outside the Sanganer Airport.
By Rail: The closest railway station is in Ajmer, and both the destinations are within comfortable reach. There are direct trains to Ajmer from most of the Indian cities. If you are travelling via Ajmer route, must not miss Hazrat Khawaja Gharib Nawaz Dargah.
Places to visit in Pushkar
The heritage of beautiful architecture and its interesting history make Pushkar a must-visit place on Rajasthan tour. Pushkar is a relatively sedate, laidback, and tourist-friendly town, where getting around is easy because most things are within walking distance.
1. Pushkar Lake: Pushkar Lake is considered the holiest lake in India. This water reservoir is enclosed by 52 ghats (personal ghats for 52 Maharajas of India) and 500 temples. According to Hindu mythology, this lake was created by the fallen petals of Lord Brahma’s lotus when he was destroying the demon Vajra Nabha.
Lotus petals were struck at a particular place and water spurted from there giving it the shape of a pious. The sanctity of the lake waters gives it the power to heal diseases and absolve sins. One of the most significant of these is the Gau Ghat, believed to be where Lord Brahma performed a yagna or ritual sacrifice.
2.Jagatpita Brahma Mandir: In India, there are only a few temples, which are dedicated to Lord Brahma. Brahma temple in Rajasthan is the most prominent among them. Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is situated at Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan close to Pushkar Lake at Brahma temple road.
The structure of the temple dates back to the 14th Century. However, it is believed to be 2000 years old. The temple is made of marble and stone slabs. It has a distinct red pinnacle and a hamsa bird motif. The temple sanctum sanctorum holds the image of four-headed Brahma and his consort Gayatri (goddess of Vedas).
3.Pushkar Desert Camp: Pushkar Desert Camp is located about 8 Kms away from the city of Pushkar in a serene piece of land surrounded by the majestic Aravalli mountain ranges. The campsite is beautifully perched amidst gardens of rose and marigold plants that bloom vibrantly in a myriad of colors.
Camping in Pushkar is one of the most enchanting ways to explore and experience the beauty of the Great Thar Desert. Pushkar Adventure Desert Camp arranges traditional desert camping activities like horse riding, camel riding, jeep safari, or even an absolutely delectable gala dinner.
4.Pushkar Fair: It is one of the major attractions of the city which is held for almost five days. This five day festival is a period of merry-making for the villagers. It is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country which usually includes 50,000 camels brought here to be sold or you can say traded.
5.Mann Mahal: Glimmering finely under the sun, the Mann Mahal boasts of rich Rajwadi architecture. The biggest royal home in the Pushkar city, the Mann Mahal is made out of marble and is one of the best tourist places in Pushkar. Built near the Sarovar lake, the palace has a tranquil vibe worth cherishing.
6.Varaha Temples: It holds the murti of Lord Varaha, the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu, which isn’t like any idol I’ve seen so far. Built way back in the 12th century like most other temples in Pushkar, the Varaha temple features marvellous stone carvings, columns, and statues.
7.Naga Pahar: The Naga Pahar is the hill that divides Ajmer and Pushkar as towns. A favourite hike amongst backpackers, the hill has a cave on the top along with the Nag Kund, a lake.
Shopping in Pushkar
While the places to see in Pushkar give a peek into its rural, cultural and traditional ways of the place, its markets and cafes speak foreign.
A trip to Pushkar is incomplete without a little shopping at Sarafa Bazaar. If you are interested in Rajasthani artwork, handicrafts, textiles and more. Sarafa Bazaar in Pushkar is your go-to place if you wish to take home some souvenirs for your loved ones. Leather goods, cloth items and bangles are some of the other best buys of Sarafa Bazaar.
The unconventional vibes of the town spring majorly from its main market, which looks nothing like your average rural market. Shopping in Pushkar is a tangy affair everyone could easily fall for. The markets are open throughout the day, so whenever you end up there, don’t forget to bargain.
From piping hot jalebis to fresh and giant falafels, Pushkar is a medley of Rajasthani, vegan, Indian and International cuisines. Hot and sweet Malpuas at Radhey Ji near Varah Ghat, Falafels in like 30 flavours in the main market, Khasta kachoris at the Pushkar Raj stall, Paranthas at Lala Ji’s, Cafes, with uptown vibes and good food like The Laughing Buddha and Funky Monkey.
Where to Stay?
Due to the fact that it is a traveller’s hub, drawing in hippies, crusty backpackers, and Hindu pilgrims from far and wide, Pushkar has a lot more budget options than mid-range or expensive hotels. Although accommodation is relatively cheap, expect prices to skyrocket during the camel fair.
Expect accommodations to get booked full closer to the time of the festival. Room rates also increase if not double during the festival. Hotels and guesthouses are located both, in, around Pushkar Lake and on the edges of the town.
When to Visit?
Situated in Rajasthan, Pushkar has hot and dry summers, between April and August. The weather in Pushkar is the typical desert type. The days are hot and the nights are cold.
Monsoon season of the town starts from the month of July and then it ends in the month of September. The city witnesses low average rainfall during monsoon season and the city experiences quite humid conditions.
The best season to visit Pushkar is during October-November, during the Pushkar Fair, which is also the onset of the winter season. But, the tourist season starts from October and ends in February. During the tourists’ season, the days are warm and the nights are chilling.
Things to Remember
Keep clothing according to the time you are visiting. Light, comfortable and bright clothes in summers but jackets and thermals in winters are advisable. Do not forget an umbrella or raincoat for untimely showers. Since you are likely to be out all day exploring, mostly on foot, it is better to pack your bag with comfortable walking shoes along with a sun hat and sunscreen lotion.
Keep your body hydrated to overcome heat waves. Avoid eating too much fried food in summers, but winters are a foodie paradise. Do Carry with you a necessary first aid kit. Always carry with you a copy of your necessary documents like ID, passport or license.