Pushkar

Pushkar is a holy city in Rajasthan, India famous for its Brahma temple, lake, ghats, and bazaar.

The Lake in Pushkar

Understand

Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar lake, various ghats and temples spread all around the lake.

The word 'Pushkar' means 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. The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month [which generally falls in November]), hallowing the place.

Though Brahma is considered to be the creator of the world, Pushkar is the only temple of this important deity in the whole world. This is also considered as Adi Teerth or Teertharaj meaning ancient holy place or the most important of holy places respectively.

Get in

By plane

The nearest airport is in Jaipur, 3 hours away.

By bus

There are direct buses between Pushkar and Ajmer (30 minutes, ₹20), Jaipur (3 hours, ₹220-410), Udaipur (6 hours, ₹450), and night buses to Delhi (10 hours, ₹400-850).

By train

Due to its mountainous location, trains to Pushkar are very infrequent and slow. However, the train station in nearby Ajmer provides great connections to most major cities in India. From the Ajmer train station, you can either take a taxi to Pushkar (30 minutes, ₹500-600) or you take a rickshaw or tuk-tuk to the Ajmer Bus Station and take a bus from there to Pushkar (₹20).

Get around

By foot

Pushkar is not so big and can easily be navigated on foot. Several companies offer spiritual walking tours, which can be an excellent way to see the many temples efficiently.

By cycle or motorbike

It is easy to rent cycles or motorbikes to explore the areas surrounding the town.

By camel

Camel safaris are a very popular activity in Pushkar. See listings below.

See

Brahma Temple

Temples

Note that while there are many temples in Pushkar, the majority do not allow foreigners/non-Hindus to enter. You will have to take off your shoes to enter the temples. If you only have the desire/time to visit 2 temples, the one-of-a-kind Brahma Temple and the Savitri Temple, with a beautiful view of Pushkar Lake, are must-sees.

Palaces

Do

Pilgrims bathing in Pushkar Lake

Cooking classes

Yoga classes

Festivals

Buy

Pushkar is known to be the best place to shop in Northern India. The prices are great, although the quality is subpar. You will find shops selling jewelry, clothes, cushion covers, showpieces, books, bags, handicrafts, shoes, etc.. If it is convenient for you and you need to buy gifts, plan to do your shopping in Pushkar.

Eat

Note that all restaurants within the city limits may only serve vegetarian food.

Drink

Alcohol is forbidden within the city limits, although drinking coffee in one of the many cafes is a popular activity.

Sleep

Many hotels/guesthouses around Pushkar Lake have rooftop restaurants with views of the lake.

Budget


Mid-range

Splurge

Respect

Stay safe

For female tourists:

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