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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: Oct-Mar (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Jaipur (Check Flights)

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"Lord Brahma's only temples, and the mesmerising cattle fair"

Pushkar Tourism

Pushkar, the city often referred to as the ‘rose garden of Rajasthan’ is a city of culture and intellect. Nothing can describe this iconic city better than a sought-after destination that provides the essence of Pushkar roses, the charm of culturally vibrant atmosphere and the dynamic festivities make it one hot cultural spot. The west wind of Pushkar gives an easygoing vibe of Westwood lifestyle in the hot sandstone town. The home of the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world, it is one of the ultimate pilgrimages for Hindus to attain divine spiritual bliss. A place of holy spirit for Hindus, ample ghats are flooded with devotees, closing eyes in the serenity of chants coming from temples around. A soothing and calm place with the glitter of spirituality makes Pushkar a must visit.

Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India and is one of the five sacred dhams for devout Hindus. It has one of the very few existing devoted temples to Lord Brahma. Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar Camel Fair, held in the month of November. This is one of very few places in Rajasthan you would find which isn't famous because of a fort. This holy city attracts tourists from far and wide for its many temples. Even though Pushkar is a deeply religious destination, it has become a hipster's paradise in the last few years. A number of cafes with a relaxed and chilled out vibe serve delicious, authentic vegetarian Indian food, and you can sit and observe the life in small-town rural India, and appreciate Hindu religious traditions. However, one has to be a little sensitive towards the its religious and spiritual significance, respect local norms and keep from consuming meat products or liquor in and a little around Pushkar.

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The vibrant city of Pushkar is widely known for its big and busy shopping destinations clustered all around the city. Bustling shopping stores and emporiums will indulge you with traditional Rajasthani handicrafts, jewellery, leather and stode studded ‘kundans’ which is a classic wear of the locals. Sarafa bazar, baza bazar and Brahma temple market are some very popular markets in the city offering a wide variety in affordable rates. Along with sprawling malls in the city areas the rural market on the outskirts provides you with rare and traditional crafts such as miniature paintings, mirror work and hand embroidery that are worth a buy.

The sacred city of Pushkar hosts more than 50 Ghats which are known for their healing and purifying powers. A trip to Pushkar is often considered incomplete without taking a dip in these waters, especially during the evening of Kartik Poornima which is regarded auspicious. Brahma ghat is the most popular ghat among many others like Gau, Kota, Yag, Varaha, Gangaur, Karni, etc. Pooja or holy rituals are performed at the ghat for the ancestors to offer prayers and get blessed by the gods.

Rajasthan is a land of festivities, and Pushkar is undoubtedly the hub. There are many national and international fairs held in this town. The most famous among these is the Pushkar Fair that is organised for a week in late October or early November. This includes a range of small stalls that sell traditional Rajasthani fabrics, food items and decor as well as a large camel and cattle market.

The International Hot Air Balloon Festival is also held in Pushkar during this time and attracts enthusiasts from all over the world. This is the busiest time for the town since the weather too is ideal. Pushkar is also a very devout city and celebrates all other festivals with great pomp. Dussehra, Diwali, Teej and Holi are major events that are filled with colour and joy and are a perfect opportunity for tourists to get a peek into the life of Pushkar.

Pushkar is a tiny town but full of little surprises in its cuisine. It has restaurants which can offer you a number of cuisines from Italian to Chinese. It only gets better as local, popular and exquisite preparations are available at pretty low prices. The standouts of the food here are Malpua, Poha, Dal Chaat, Dal Bati Choorma and Lassi. and are the must-haves in Pushkar.
However since Pushkar is a temple town full of religious activity and festivity, meat and alcohol are strictly prohibited.

Cafes in Pushkar
After sunset in Pushkar, chilly wind often pushes the travellers for a brewing cup of the dark liquid. Coffee houses or cafes are widely available in every corner of the streets that serve hot delicious meals and coffee. Funky Monkey Cafe is a widely popular cafe located near Mahavir Chowk where tourists can get a view of the spectacular city skyline along with great food. Coffee Temple is another beautiful place to dine in, especially during summers as the outdoor sitting gives you the beach vibes and exotic food. Nirvana cafe and pizzeria offers a vibrant sitting for your friends where you can chill in the evening and dine in or take away great dinner. Cafe Lake View is a comfortable terrace sitting restaurant that will serve you traditional delicacies along with a tinge of modern food.

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Day 1: Arrive in Pushkar by road or rail and settle into your hotel. Roam the streets to get a flavour of the local food and enjoy some stunning delights like Daal bati churma, mohan maas, laal maas, ker sangri, sohan halwa, badam halwa and ladoos. You can also shop in one of the many street markets for fabrics, decor, food items like pickles and masalas and other memorabilia. In the evening, go for a camel ride, jeep ride or tractor in one of the villages surrounding Pushkar. These rides take you into the desert and you can see the stunning sunset on the backdrop of undulating sand dunes.

Day 2: The next day, visit Pushkar Lake and also see a few Ghats that have been built at different times in history. On the banks of this lake is the Man Mahal and Brahma Temple which can all be visited on the same day. In the evening, settle in for some delectable Rajasthani food and folk dances, a combination that most local resorts offer. You could also try your hand at dancing.

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Pushkar Reviews

5 months ago by Rohit Shroff

- Pushkar is infamous for its scams. Best to stay conservatively dressed. Be careful not to get duped by people who claim to be priests.

5 months ago by Harsh Bhardwaj

Pushkar famous for the Bharma temple the only one in the whole world. You would find hippies in pushkar. A small desert. Try camel safari if you visit because that's the main attraction One can also visit Ajmer Dargha sharif

5 months ago by Sarth Soni

Pushkar is a good placegood to enjoy short Holidays This is.the.place where holy is so good i enjoy holy very nicely last time?



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  What's Great?

Scenic location at the base of the Aravali hills. Easy to reach. Well developed tourist facilities.

  What's not so Great?

Summers are very hot and uncomfortable. No direct flights to Pushkar

For Whom

Perfect for travelers who want to experience authentic, rural Indian life and culture, specially if you visit during the cattle fair. Also a great and important destination for religious devouts.

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How to Reach Pushkar

Ajmer (15 km) and Jaipur (150 km) are the nearby hubs from where it is easy to reach Pushkar. Jaipur has a well-connected airport, and Ajmer is the nearest railway station. From both of these place... (Read More)

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