Things to Do in Pushkar

Pushka is a small temple town located around 15 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan. A perfect choice for a weekend getaway from Jaipur, Pushkar has an array of cafes and hostels for a backpacking trip. Every (Read More) November, Pushkar is host to the Pushkar Mela, one of the biggest camel fairs in the country. A delight for street-shopping lovers, Pushkar has shops in the main street selling everything.

Here is the list of 19 Things to Do in Pushkar

1. Attend Evening Aarti at Brahma Temple

Attend Evening Aarti at Brahma Temple
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Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, or the Brahma Temple, located in Pushkar, Rajasthan, is the most famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, who is considered the creator of the universe. Being the only temple dedicated to Brahma in India, it attracts lakhs of pilgrims yearly. The small town of Pushkar seems holy because of the presence of the Brahma Temple.

2. Take a Dip in the Holy Waters of Pushkar Lake

Take a Dip in the Holy Waters of Pushkar Lake
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Pushkar lake is perched amidst the Aravalli ranges in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Surrounded by 52 bathing ghats ( a flight of steps leading to the water) and over 500 temples, it is regarded as the sacred lake for the Hindus in India, where pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a holy bath.

3. Stunning Cafes to Visit in Pushkar

Stunning Cafes to Visit in Pushkar

The trendy cafes in Pushkar give out cosy vibes with the finest food and drinks served. Indulge in amazing delicacies in the holy town of Pushkar where the city is packed with hidden gems like Hugs & Mugs cafe, Funny Monkey Cafe, Cafe Lake View, Laura's cafe, Honey & Spice and many more.

4. Buy Local Items at Pushkar Bazar

Buy Local Items at Pushkar Bazar

Pushkar Bazar is where one can find a variety of traditional Rajasthani products including apparel, accessories, jewellery, decor items and items for daily use. It is the best market to buy the local leather work, puppets and the bangles made in the region. This is where the colours of Rajasthan can be found in a variety that is awe-inspiring.

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5. Camel Safari in Pushkar

Camel Safari in Pushkar

The golden deserts of Pushkar can be best explored in a camel safari. While it is a common myth that the best camel safaris are available in Jaisalmer, not many know that Pushkar offers some of the most amazing sand dunes and mesmerising views of the sunrise/sunset. You can also enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains and Aravalli hills

6. Camping in Pushkar

Camping in Pushkar

Boasting the surreal scenic beauty of the Thar desert and known to be an important pilgrimage centre of the Hindus, Pushkar is thronged by hundreds of tourists every year besides the regular pilgrims. The town has a lot to offer its guests, and desert camping is one of the top activities on the list. 

7. Hike to Savitri Temple

Hike to Savitri Temple
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Savitri temple is located atop Savitri Hill. The one and half hour climb to the temple is hard and strenuous. Both idols of Brahma's first wife, Savitri and his second consort Gayatri are present here, though Savitri is always worshipped first.

8. Pray at Varaha Temple

Pray at Varaha Temple
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The largest and the most ancient temple of Pushkar, Varaha Temple is dedicated to Varaha, the Boar which is the third incarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. The Varaha temple houses an image of Lord Vishnu in the incarnation of wild boar.

9. Local Flavours in the Streets of Pushkar

Local Flavours in the Streets of Pushkar

Get your hand on some of the local delicacies of Rajasthan in Pushkar. The delicious Dal Bati churma, Kachoris, Malpua, European coffee, falafels, pancakes, and churan are to die for. The places to try out are  Main Market Road, Karni Maa Restaurant, Lala Ji (especially for Parathas), Pushkar Breakfast Corner, Brahma temple area, and Ganga Restaurant.

10. Singh Sabha Gurudwara

Singh Sabha Gurudwara
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The Gurudwara was made to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to Pushkar. This place is also known as the Guru Nanak Dharamshala.

11. Witness the Culture at Pushkar Mela

Witness the Culture at Pushkar Mela

India's greatest tribal gathering, Pushkar Mela, is held annually in November from Karthik Ekadashi to Karthik Purnima per the Hindu calendar. It is a grand travel experience held on a vast scale. People visit the fair to witness the beauty of Rajasthani Culture.

12. Ropeway Ride or Hike to Savitri Temple

Ropeway Ride or Hike to Savitri Temple

Ropeways are always an exciting way to witness the city. The ropeway in Pushkar takes you Savitri temple which is at the height of 720 meters. You reach within 6 minutes. You can visit the sacred temple as well as take an aerial scenic view of the attractive city.

13. Go on a Spiritual Tour to Rangji Temple

Go on a Spiritual Tour to Rangji Temple
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Rangji temple reflects South Indian architectural style with glimpses of Mughal design. It is in the top three temples of Pushkar dedicated to one of the incarnations of Vishnu, Rangji. The temple is a major attraction for south Indian pilgrims.

14. Stop by the Grand Palace of Man Mahal

Stop by the Grand Palace of Man Mahal

Built as the royal residence of Man Singh, Man Mahal is a stunning work of architecture. From the top of the grand palace, one can get a splendid view of the surroundings. The reflections of the temples in Pushkar in the Pushkar Lake is a mesmerising sight rendering it a perfect site for photography.

15. Trek to Naga Pahar

Trek to Naga Pahar

Naga Pahar is located between Pushkar Lake and Ajmer and is believed to be where Agastya Muni lived. The Naag Kund is believed to have existed on the Naga Pahar. The Kund was home to Vatu, Lord Brahma's son, who stayed on the hill after Chyavan Rishi punished him for being a mischief-maker. The attraction is also famous for trekking and spiritual walks. 

16. Sunset by the Lake at Kishangarh

 Sunset by the Lake at Kishangarh

Kishangarh is famous for its art, forts and the marble mines. Tourists can find explore the splendid Kuchaman Fort and the Phool Mahal Palace. The attraction also has the serene Gundaloo Lake where one can find various species of birds. Tourists can also purchase marble artefacts as gifts and souvenirs.

17. Temple Hopping in Pushkar

Temple Hopping in Pushkar

Pushkar is famous for its temples and its spiritual importance. The city has many temples to visit for a spiritual getaway. The architecture of the temples is a sight to see other than its religious importance attracting a lot of pilgrimages and tourists every year.  

18. Shop at Sarafa Bazar

Shop at Sarafa Bazar

Strewn about with colourful goods, garments and accessories with pocket-sized shops tucked next to each other on the side of the pathways. The most common items available in the market are handicrafts, textiles, leather goods, embroidered Camel covers, and colourful idols of different gods and goddesses. 

19. Visit the Religious Hub at Merta City

Visit the Religious Hub at Merta City
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Merta is an old city. Meerabai, the very famous poetess and devotee of Lord Krishna, was born here. This town is a religious hub of Hindus. Charbuja Temple, which lies in the city centre, is a paramount and famous attraction of Merta. It has witnessed numerous battles since the Rajputs, Marathas, and Mughals ruled it. 

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