Pushkar Mela Travel Information

Attractions in Pushkar

Brahma Temple - The only temple in the world where Lord Brahma is worshipped, this temple is the main attraction of Pushkar. The temple has a special importance in Hindu folklore. There is a life-size four-armed idol of Lord Brahma - the creator in the universe. The temple has marble floors and coins have been put by the devotees to mark the birth or deaths of the loved ones.

Pushkar Lake - Pushkar Lake is another important attraction of Pushkar and it  has immense  significance for the  followers of Hinduism . The entire
Pushkar Lake
lake is supposed to be surrounded by 500 temples, 52 palaces, and 52 ghats. On the occasion of Kartik Purnima in November every year, devotees take holy bath in the lake and a fair is organized, known world over as the Pushkar Fair.

Savitri Temple - With a beautiful statue of Goddess Savitri inside, the temple is dedicated to Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma and located on top of the Ratnagiri Hill. According to the legends when Lord Brahma performed a Yagna (holy fire devoted to gods) along with Gayatri, a local milkmaid, incensed Savitri cursed her husband that he would never be worshipped anywhere except in Pushkar and that too only once a year. Savitri left for the Ratnagiri Hill after cursing her husband and immolated herself there.

Mahadeva Temple - This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva - The Destroyer, with five faces. It is known for the elegance of its structure and ornamentation. Rangaji Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu - the preserver and built in the South Indian architectural style. There are two massive dwarpals (gatekeepers) structure in front of the main gate and an image of Garuda inside. Another important temple is of Varaha - an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, built in 12th century.

Pushkar Bazaar - A busy bazaar, the Pushkar local market offers tourist as well pilgrimage related products. A range of souvenirs could be purchased including the colorful Rajasthani costumes, jewellery, embroidered fabrics, decorative pieces and wonderful accessories. The bazaar becomes a hub of activity during the annual Pushkar Fair.

Pushkar Fair - The most important reason of Pushkar being on the international travel map is the Pushkar Fair. The fair is held every year in the month of November during the Kartik Purnima (day of full moon) when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake. This fair is also the largest camel fair in the world, where camels from all over Rajasthan travel across the golden sands of Rajasthan for this week-long fair dedicated to them. In addition, a number of horses, cows and sheep also find their way here. Camels are bought, sold, revamped, raced and paraded. Most unusual are the small groups of men and women seen tattooing their hands and other parts of the body. The fair is primarily a rural gathering. Villagers come from different parts of the state and bring their cattle with them. On spectacular sand dunes camel, horse and bullock races are great crowd pullers. All roads lead to the lake, which is flooded with pilgrims. The movement of the crowd is like a tide of colour with currents of crimson, yellow and turquoise. Evenings at the Pushkar Fair have their own charm. The silent night is pierced by calls of camels. Ballads are sung by actors in passionate tones. Folk dramas, skits and folk dance are organised for the entertainment of the tourists.

This fair is one of the major cultural manifestations of the state of Rajasthan and people from different parts of India gather on the fair ground to participate in the various entertaining events there. Pushkar pulsates with vibrant energy and activity during the fair held on the Kartik Purnima, which falls on the month of October or November and usually continues for about five days. The Pushkar Lake is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India, the only one in the country associated with Lord Brahma. The place simply teems with the devotees and the holy men or sages in various garbs who come to the temple, Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir to pray and take a holy dip in the sacred waters of the Pushkar Lake. Apart from the religious rituals and festivities, people participate in a number of cultural and sporting events. The wide array of folk dances and songs lend vivid splashes of colour and music to the atmosphere that is already charged with excitement of the camel races and the cattle fair. The bargaining process, which involves a great deal of haggling between the camel traders and the buyers, adds to the spirit of the fair. This fair attracts people not only from India but a large number of tourists from other countries as well. It is indeed a sight to see all colours of Rajasthan come under one roof, the Pushkar Fair.

Quick Getaways near Pushkar

Kuchaman - Famous for its fort, a visit to Kuchaman takes you to the magic of a bygone era. You can view the life of Meera Bai in miniature paintings in the Meera Mahal. Other attractions in Kuchaman include the Meena Bazaar, an active bazaar where merchants, tradesmen and craftsmen used to put up their wares for sale to the royalty, and the China Pole, with its exceptional intricately painted interiors made by a Chinese traveler narrating his experiences during his travels in India.

Kishangarh - Kishangarh was a princely state ruled by the Rathores and located on National Highway 8. Apart from its fort, Kishangarh is known for the miniature paintings style known as Kishangarh Art. Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), today converted into a hotel is the main attraction inside the fort. In addition, Kishangarh is also known for its rich storehouse of marbles.

Roopangarh - Roopangarh was built by King Roop Singh of Kishangarh in 1648. Initially a nine-turreted fort, new additions were constantly made to it in the coming years.

Ajmer - Ajmer is a major city in the North Rajasthan and is located just 14 km from Pushkar. The most popular attraction in the city is the Dargah or tomb of the 13th century Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti, which is continuously thronged with tourists and pilgrims.

Getting There & Away to Pushkar

Flights to Pushkar
The nearest airport to Pushkar is Jaipur at a distance of 145 kms. There are regular flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, and Aurangabad from this airport.
Trains to Pushkar
The closest railway station is Ajmer which has direct trains for Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and other major destinations in the region.
Car and Bus Service to Pushkar
Pushkar is connected to Ajmer by road, which is around 14 km away. Jeeps and taxis are also available but on a rather higher cost.

Getting Around in Pushkar

The tiny city of Pushkar is best traveled on foot. A walk along the lake and in the active bazaar of Pushkar gives good insights into the daily lives of rural India. Biking is another good way of traveling across Pushkar.
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