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Traveller Tales from Pushkar

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Shashikala Chopra

26 October 2016

I will not say, if you are in Pushkar during the fair days, you must visit this fare. Ask me why? Because, even if you have no such plans, you ought to be there to attend the Pushkar Camel Fare. It is ...

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Arindam Devar

26 October 2016

If I sum up my experience at the Pushkar Camel Fair or Pushkar Mela in one word then it has to be magical! Indeed, it was every bit magical for me! I have never experienced such humble and warm people ...

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Ekaaksh Tagore

26 October 2016

. It wouldn’t be an understatement if I say that this was the best experience of my life. Of every activity that I did here, I completely enjoyed quad biking and enjoying some time on the golden sands ...

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Buddhana Naik

25 October 2016

I went back to Pushkar Fair after 4 years. We wanted to give our children an experience that stays with them forever. The very atmosphere, sounds, smells, livestock, sunsets and the beautiful oasis vil...

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Aagneya Pilla

25 October 2016

I went on the Pushkar Camel fair 2015 with my friends. We were a group of 10 friends who decided to have some camping fun. This indeed was one helluva travel experience for me. Initially, I thought if ...

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Jesal

24 November 2016

The quaint city of pushkar indeed has a beautiful charm of its own. I feel extremely fortunate to have visited this city through thrilophillia, especially at this time of the year when this otherwise ...

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Bhargavi Nayar

26 October 2016

Pushkar is indeed a very beautiful city in Rajasthan. The place becomes all the more beautiful during the month of November exclusively because of the Camel fare that is organized here. Usually, during...

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Varalakshmi Bharadwaj

26 October 2016

The highlight of my visit to the Pushkar Camel Fair 2015 was the authentic Rajasthani food and the culture and tradition depicted there. There were several stalls organized there selling Rajasthani han...

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Sugandha Kaushik

26 October 2016

This year I went to the Pushkar Camel Fair Adventure Festival and shopped some great skirts, jackets, juttis (footwear), earrings and bangles for myself. The stalls here sell some really authentic stuf...

What You Should Know More About Pushkar

  • Q. Travel Advice:

    Travellers must remain aware of who they are hiring as guides. 
    Past experiences have led many to be involved in a scam wherein either their property was stolen or the services were overpriced. This can really trample one’s travel experience. Hence, it is essential that one plans well.

    Keep an eye out for pickpockets. 
    These disguise themselves as normal individuals just strolling across the town but they are the most dangerous. Keep yourself and your property well protected.

    Powercuts
    in Pushkar.
    Pushkar holds great traditional relevance. However, it is not as developed as India’s ultramodern cities such as Delhi and Mumbai. It remains backward in certain aspects. Chances are, you might experience powercuts during some period of the day. It is usually between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. So be prepared.

    Wild monkeys
    One of the most popular temples is the Savitri temple of Pushkar. It is located approximately 1km southwest of the Pushkar lake. Travellers are required to climb the hill in order to end their journey towards the temple. However, one must remain prepared to encounter monkeys on the way. Yes, you read that right. These are wild monkeys who will jump at the very occasion they sight food or sense threat.

    The drinking laws
    As far as drinking laws are concerned, alcohol in Pushkar is forbidden within city limits. A Doityourself solution would be to travel out of the city yourself and purchasing alcohol yourself. 

  • Q. Our recommendations (What you can’t afford to miss):

    Pushkar lake
     Pushkar lake also known as the King of ‘Tirthas’ is believed to hold grave spiritual importance for majority of the devoted Hindus. Travellers all around the world come with the aim to experience a holy dip in the lake. Many believe, the dip taken in the Pushkar lake is equivalent to indulging in meditation and prayer for over hundred years. Other than that, this place which is surrounded with approximately 400 temples and 52 incredible palaces is a true beauty on earth. The lake itself is quite serene and calm by nature.

    Merta Bai
    It is quite clear now that the city is famous for its traditional temples and royal palaces. The Pushkar city which is more than 400 years old houses the Merta Bai temple. Apart from the holy significance that this place is symbolized with, there is much historic importance lying underneath the special beauty of this structure. 

    Man Mahal
     Don’t miss experiencing magnificence by visiting the ancient Man Mahal. Constructed at the time of Raja Man Singh of Amber, the Man Mahal is located in the Eastern side of Sarovar. 
     Man Mahal represents the royal architectural built that descends from the period of kings of Rajasthan. 
     Man Mahal is currently under the control of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and famously used as a place to flock tourists from all around the world.

    Camel Safari at Pushkar
    What better way of exploring the rich sandiness of Rajasthan by sitting atop of an Indian camel. There are numerous camel tours planned to suit the needs and interests of the visitors. These take you through the villages and primary locations in and around Pushkar. 

  • Q. What will you like there

    Shopping in the Pushkar market: 
    You must not, at any cost miss at least one shopping session at the Pushkar market. The market offers a blend of ethnic, traditional and hippie culture and there is a lot to shop for. Clothings, leather bags, herbal products, jewellery and so much more at price that is quite affordable by most.

    Hot air balloon ride: 
    It’s quite okay if you feel like escaping the crowd every once in a while. Pushkar offers to experience its beauty in a method that will allow you to do just the same – hot air balloon rides. 
    Get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful desert and the sacred towns of Pushkar. The best time for you to take a hot air balloon ride is around the time of sun rise. Advanced booking is recommended as the rides get full almost immediately.

    Food trail at different cafes of Pushkar: 
    There is a wide range of roadside restaurants, cafes and eateries that offer a variety of different type of food items. Don’t miss the customary kachori of Sarweshwar or the Gulkhand Lassi near the Brahma temple. 

    Evening aarti at Varah Ghat: 
    Experience spiritual oneness by attending the famous evening aarti that takes place at Varah Ghat. The aarti usually commences from 7:00 p.m. in the evening and during winters, they start at 5:30 p.m. It truly is an experience of a lifetime.
    Pushkar holds a unique sense of identity among the numerous other sacred cities of India. This 400 year old city has a lot to offer and you must experience it at least once. 

  • Q. Recommended reads:

    Government website : Rajasthan Tourism

    Books to read: Brahmas Pushkar  Ancient Indian Pilgrimage, Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra (Lonely Planet Country & Regional Guides)

  • Q. When is the best time to visit Pushkar?

    The best time to take a trip to Pushkar is undoubtedly the festive seasons. October and November there offer you the most enjoyable stay. Don’t visit Pushkar during the summer.

    • It can also be explored during winters between the months of November -February.

  • Q. How to reach Pushkar?

    Pushkar can be easily reached from many different cities of India either directly or via other cities of Rajasthan.

    Air

    You can take a flight to Jaipur from Delhi, Mumbai, or Kolkata. it takes about 4 hours to reach to Pushkar from the Jaipur airport. You can hire a car from just outside of the airport.

    Rail

    If you want to reach Pushkar by train then you need to take a train to Ajmer. Direct trains are available from most cities of the country. It doesn’t take more than half an hour by car from Ajmer to Pushkar.

     

    Bus

    Take a bus to Ajmer from Delhi. Once in there, you can easily find a luxury state bus to Pushkar.

  • Q. What are the different things/activities to do in Pushkar?

    The city of Pushkar is primarily known for its spirituality. However, that’s just one of the things that the city offers. There is a huge variety of things to do in Pushkar some of the choices are:

    Watch Dance Performances

    This is a traditional dance performance formed by the Kalbelia tribe. The dance form is known for sensuality and artistry. The dance is often performed in the open.

    Food Journey

    Like any other city in Rajasthan, Pushkar offers a great range of cuisines. You can go on a food journey to discover the taste of Pushkar. Try the roadside restaurants for an authentic experience.

    Pushkar Market

    The market area of Pushkar is known for the variety it offers in clothing, ornaments, and accessories. From modern to traditional, whatever your needs are, Pushkar Market has it in stores for you.

     

    Ratnagiri Hike

    The hike from Pushkar to the Ratnagiri Hill is a popular one. The 1.5 km path is not too challenging and it offers a beautiful view of the surroundings.

    Aarti

    The evening aarti in Pushkar is a thing of absolute beauty. the music and the crowd will charm you.

    Balloon Ride over Pushkar Fair

    If you want to enjoy the view of the famous Pushkar fair then the balloon ride is your best bet. It’s also a fascinating experience in its own.

    Camel Safari

    A camel ride through the desert is a very exciting experience.

  • Q. Which are the best resorts to stay in Pushkar?

    From pricy to affordable, the choices are plenty when it comes to accommodation on Pushkar. There are quite a few resorts in the city that offers utmost comfort and luxury. When booking hotels, try these ones first:

    • The Gateway Resort
    • Pushkar Resorts
    • Hotel Bramha Horizon
    • The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa
    • Aaram Baagh Pushkar
    • Hotel Taj Palace
    • Ananta Spa & Resorts
    • Treebo Pushkar Legacy
    • The Gateway Resort
    • Rising Star Hotel
    • Pushkar Heritage
    • Hotel Pushkar Palace
    • Bhanwar Singh Palace

  • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Pushkar?

    If you want to enjoy the city’s most historical sites then traveling by foot can be the best choice for you. Other than that, there are few other choices:

    Car

    Hiring a car to travel in and around Pushkar is probably the most comfortable way to travel. There are many car hire service providers in the city. For the safest option, you can ask your resort manager to get you in touch with a driver. Rent a comfortable car and enjoy the city.

    Camel Ride

    This is a very fun option. For short distance rides, you can get hold of a camel trainer and ride like the kings.

  • Q. Which are the best places for shopping in Pushkar?

    Pushkar is famous for its leather goods. There is a huge variety of leather accessories are available in the markets and you must purchase a few to bring back home. Other than that, you can also find authentic clothing items and ornaments which are inexpensive and attractive. Hop around these markets for a great shopping experience:

    • Sadar Bazar
    • Kedalganj Bazar
    • Sarafa Bazar

  • Q. What are the famous Temples to visit in Pushkar?

    The existence of the holy Pushkar Lake is turned the city into an attraction for Hindu pilgrims from around the world. There are a lot of beautiful and old temples in Pushkar. These are the ones that are most famous:

    • Brahma Temple
    • Pataleshwar Temple
    • Raghunath Mandir
    • Varaha Temple
    • Savitri Temple

  • Q. When does the Camel Fair take place and what is it famous for?

    The Pushkar Camel Fair or simply the Pushkar Fair is one of India’s biggest festivals and oldest fairs. The fair takes place during Kartik Purnima, in the month of November every year. People from all over Rajasthan gather in Pushkar with their camels, horses, and other cattle. People from around the world prefer to visit the city during this period because this festival is a celebration of everything that Rajasthan’s culture stands for.

  • Q. What are the famous trekking trails in Pushkar?

    Pushkar is a city surrounded by hills, old temples, and forests. It’s not a surprise that you can find a couple of hiking trails around the city. There are two most popular paths that you should consider taking if you enjoy trekking in Pushkar.

    Ratnagiri Hike

    The Ratnagiri hike is one of those simple adventures that offer a satisfying outcome. You have to walk hardly about 1.5 km to reach the top of the hill. It’s not a tough one either. The view from the hill is mesmerizing.

    Savitri Temple Hike

    The Savitri Temple hike is a little harder but it worth the effort. The first half of the hike is fairly easy but the second half might take a little push. However, once you successfully dodge the monkeys and end the walk, the Savitri Temple will make sure that you don’t regret it.

  • Q. What are the different adventure activities to do in Pushkar?

    Because of its geography and lifestyle, one can find a lot of adventure in Pushkar. You can spend a couple of days doing these exciting things:

  • Q. Which are the different festivals held in Pushkar?

    Pushkar is known as a land of festivals. If you like cultural gatherings of people then you need to attend the different festivals of this city.

    • Pushkar Fair- Asia’s biggest cattle fair. It takes place in November, over a huge area. It’s once in a lifetime experience.
    • Ganesh Chaturthi- this is a very popular Indian festival. However, Pushkar gives it new meaning with its traditions.
    • Kartik Purnima- during this time, pilgrims from around the world comes to take a dip in the holy Lake.