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What You Should Know More About Pushkar

  • 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.

    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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Recommended reads:

    Government website : Rajasthan Tourism

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

  • Which are the best desert camping tours in Pushkar?

    Pushkar is located right next to the Thar desert and so are Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Some of the best desert camping tours can be best enjoyed in the following destinations of Rajasthan. Desert is one of the best tourist places in Pushkar to spend the holidays.

    • Pushkar, Rajasthan
    • Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
    • Jodhpur, Rajasthan

  • 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.

  • How to reach Pushkar?

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


    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.


    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.



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

  • Where can I enjoy camel safari tours in Pushkar?

    There are many local vendors who are willing to take you on a camel safari tour in exchange of some monetary cost, however you can also visit agencies to book a Camel safari tour on whichever date you prefer or can also do it online.


  • 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 that you can indulge in. 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.


    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.

  • Which are the best temples to visit in Pushkar?

    India is a land of Temples and Pushkar can be listed in one of the top Indian town with most number of temples especially one devoted to Lord Brahma takes most of the tourists. Some of the best temple to visit in Pushkar are:

    • Brahma Temple
    • Rangji Temple
    • Merta, Pushkar
    • Raghunath Temples
    • Varaha Temple
    • Mahadeva Temple
    • Naga Pahar
    • Pap Mochani Temple
    • Savitri Temple

  • 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

  • Which are the best family friendly tours in Pushkar?

    Almost all the destinations in Rajasthan are family friendly tours and so is Pushkar. The places which are most enjoyable with the loving family are listed below.

    • Pushkar Lake (one can go for a Camel ride with the family or enjoy at the bathing ghats)
    • Temples in Pushkar like Brahma Temple, Rangji Temple, Apteshwar Temple etc can be visited as different pilgrimage sites in Pushkar)
    • Rose Garden, a perfect place for family picnic.
    • Historical sites like Man Mahal and Merta are best explored in a family, click the best Pushkar Photographs in these monuments.
    • Take a short trip to Ajmer and visit Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Taragarh fort, Adhai Din ka Jhonpra, Anasagar lake etc.

  • 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:


    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.

  • Which are the best cultural experiences in Pushkar?

    Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Man Mahal and Naga Pahad are some of the best cultural experiences in Pushkar. One can also visit the temples for pilgrimage purpose but the villages that you approach while moving in and around are the best cultural experience you get in Pushkar.


  • What are the top attractions on a sightseeing tour in Pushkar?

    If you are visiting for the Camel Fair, you are likely to spend more time in the fair ground and the main bazaar but there are endless sights which are to be visited while you are in Pushkar. Some of the  top attractions on a sightseeing tour in Pushkar are:

    • Pushkar Lake (Nature, Pilgrimage, Photography)
    • Brahma Temple (Architecture, Pilgrimage, Photography)
    • Apteshwar Temple (Pilgrimage, Photography)
    • Savitri Temple (Pilgrimage, Photography, Viewpoints)
    • Rose Garden (Photography and Nature)
    • Rangji Temple (Pilgrimage, Photography, Architecture)
    • Man Mahal (History, Nature, Photography)
    • Varaha Temple (Pilgrimage, Photography, Architecture)
    • Merta ( a Meera Bai Temple, Architecture and Photography)
    • Nag Kund and Naga Pahad (a hill dividing Ajmer and Pushkar, a great photography location and a natural wonder)
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 hiking.

    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.

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

    Because of its geography and lifestyle, Pushkar has become a place where you can find a lot of adventure. You can spend a couple of days doing these exciting things:

    • Camel safari
    • Hot air balloon ride
    • Jeep safari
    • Ajaypal Ji Temple drive
    • Take a nagara lesson
    • Hike

  • 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.

Traveller Tales from Pushkar


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 it is a festival in Pushkar, it will only be about camels and cattle. However, when I went there, I was left agape. There were several fun and adventure activities organized too. Right from the camel ride to paragliding and enjoying some thrilling moments on the Thar’s Golden sand, I enjoyed every activity that we did here. Camping again was a thrill. Ours was a 3 day trip which left with us lasting memories. We danced, sang songs, played games and shared stories with people who were just like us. Surprisingly, besides the number of locals here there was also an array of foreigners who were having an equal fun on the lands of Rajasthan. Of course, when you see them enjoying, you get a different level of satiation. They were not only participating in every activity but also relished on the Rajasthani food, as much as we did. You have to keep your calorie count aside and completely immerse yourself in the typical flavors of Rajasthan. Surprise element of this festival was the cricket match. I am not sure whether it was included in our itinerary but I was definitely not aware of this. We Indians are cricket buffs so we never shy away from cricket. Here a match was organized between foreign tourists and the local Pushkar club. This was super fun. Of course, we won this friendly match and our enthusiasm was at a different level altogether. Do go there, not just for the camel rides but also to partake in the different activities here.


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 village, everything is just perfect. It is nowdays a good idea to book the tickets online in advance to not miss out on this festival as finding any stay or accommodation at that time is very difficult. We booked nearly a month in advance and were delighted with the best tents here. I am so thrilled that my kids finally tried something desi. I am originally from Pushkar but live with my family to Gurgaon. Why wouldn’t I not want my kids to have a feel of my roots? It was a simple experience with too many surprises. Camel ride was an obvious fun. Rajasthani cuisines were out of the world. Every meal that we ate had a different local cuisine of Rajasthan. People cooking here did take an effort to keep our taste buds satiated. I very well appreciate the efforts taken by every member of the team right from the organizers to the cleaning and maintenance guys, all of them did a pretty well job to ensure that the guests were at an absolute comfort. To this date, I have tried several adventure activities but the quad biking that I tried here was very well set up. It is a good and a very cost effective package. If you want to experience something unique and apart from the rest of the world, this festival is meant for you.


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 an incredible experience that will help you carry with you so many memories home that you’ll just not be able to get over it anytime soon. Right from the food to the accommodation to the activities, everything was beyond perfection. Our tents were very well maintained. We were provided with all the necessary amenities in the tents in advance that we never have to ask for anything. There was sufficient water provided and the sheets and blankets were all neat and clean. Our camping experience here was indeed better than the ones we had at core camping sites. Further parasailing and camel rides were very well organized. I loved it. Food was delightful and very delicious. I’ll definitely recommend you to try this annual fair at least once in life to explore the true flavors of Rajasthan or rather a rural shade of India. Make sure you click several pictures with horses, camels and cattle here to ensure that you have a reason to come back again and again.


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 elsewhere in my life. I work in Mumbai and you know people here have completely lost the personal touch. So, this for me was my high point of the 3 day Pushkar trip. Food again was a sheer delight. Every dish we ate was so well prepared that you cannot help but hog on more. You’ll actually experience the real flavors of the villages in Pushkar and other parts of Rajasthan. Delicious! I have eaten Rajasthani Thali before but that was at some restaurant in Delhi. When I compare the taste of the two, I can’t just help but fall in love with this place further. Stalls here sold some Rajasthani ornaments and clothes which were colorful and nice. I even bought few Rajasthani jackets for myself. Camel ride and Quad Biking were an absolute delight. I had never done these activities before but the instructor here made sure, we were all safe. Great experience! Definitely will come back next year!


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 of Thar desert. You know, I wouldn’t be lying if I say that I didn’t expect such informative instructors to be here. They were so well informed and knew how to carry out different atcivities. All in all, this experience was worth every penny that I spent. Strongly recommended for all!


Andrea Johnson

25 October 2016

We have been in India for over a month now. I along with my husband started touring India from its Southern tip and progressed towards north. If I be honest to you, in this one month we ventured almost every known and popular site of India. So, last week we were in Delhi and our 2 week stay was left in India. I was shopping at the INA market where I was communicating with a lady from the Rajasthan stall. She told me about the Pushkar Camel Fair Adventure Festival which was to begin next week. I was so delighted by the description that she gave me that I knew, I wanted to get there. After getting all the necessary details from the web, we headed for Pushkar. For us, it was a 3 day and a two night tour at the Pushkar Mela. This indeed was the highlight of our India venture. There were cattle and camels everywhere. It was my first time at camel ride and believe me guys, it was super fun! Food, the typical Rajasthani food we ate was a delight. It gave an orgasm to my taste buds and I just couldn’t have asked for more. Though oily and a little spicy for my taste, I definitely ate more than I usually do. Indeed, I have done camping at multiple places in the world but the warmth and the hospitality we received here was unparalleled. On the whole, it was really cheap and a once in a while experience that will definitely be etched in my memories for many many years to come. I’ll definitely recommend it to my friends in London who fly down to India. Right from the people to the food and the activities that we did here, everything was beyond perfect. Kudos to the organizers!



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 quiet city comes to life. Pushkar fair was an experience to remember. The vibrant colours of the traditional dresses donned by the locals and the that of the accessories of the camels were nothing short of a delight. The warm welcome that we received from the resort staff contributed in making our stay a pleasant one. However, I felt that the food could have been much better. The adventure activities that were a part of the trip made our trip much more memorable. Camel safari on the sands of the Thar desert , quad biking and para motoring did not fail to give us a gush of adrenaline. I would like to mention one incident over here. When we reached the adventure site, we were informed that the pilot who was supposed to conduct the paragliding activity for us had to rush home for an emergency. The staff then arranged the para motoring activity on the spot and did not charge a single penny extra from us even though the latter was costlier than what we had paid. We also had a wonderful time shopping for lovely dupattas and saris in the streets of pushkar, visiting the only brahma temple in the world, being a part of the nagada event, interacting with locals, witnessing the traditional Rajasthan dance by school girls and the work of a skilled sand artist. We made memories to be cherished forever. It is a must have experience of a lifetime.


Inder Gandhi

26 October 2016

We all know how beautiful Rajasthan is. Often people miss out mentioning the beautiful Pushkar city. We went on this 3 day and 2 night tour to the Pushkar Camel Fare. True, it is being called the camel fare but you’ll see everything from horses to livestock and cattle here that too in thousands. Another common site here at this fare is of the farmers and craftsmen who have set up their stalls here stocking some of the most authentic and top grade varieties of Rajasthani clothing and ornaments. Beautiful! Simply breath taking! I cannot explain how delightful all this made me. Further, the cooking staff was so good. I didn’t get a chance to meet the person organizing the meals, but you have to believe it, there was sheer magic in their hands. Food was so superior in quality that you cannot contain yourself. Flavors, quality and freshness, everything was top rated! Beside this, we also enjoyed the activities that we played here. Food, accommodation and activities were all included in our package so it was pretty much feasible for us. All in all, this is one experience that everyone must have at least once in a lifetime.


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 handicrafts and souvenirs which were not only pleasing to the eye but also are top grade in quality. I even bought some earrings for myself which look every bit lovely. Camel ride here can be a super fun. Besides, I really enjoyed camping here. We danced on Rajasthani folk music at the night with other members camping here. I didn’t really get the lyrics of the Rajasthani folk but that didn’t stop me from having all the fun. :P The locals who were sitting with us were extremely warm. They even translated the lyrics for us and shared so many stories about the Rajasthani tradition and culture which was not only very engaging but also very interesting and informative. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. You know I went there on a 2 day trip, however, when my trip was actually over, I wanted to stay for longer. None the less, it was an awesome fun.

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