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  • Pushkar, the abode of Lord Brahma, is one of the oldest cities in India. While you are in Rajasthan don't miss a chance to check out some of the best places to visit in Pushkar. Located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, this quaint city is known to be a pious pilgrimage site for the Hindus. Besides all its mythological lineage, it has also retained its old world charm in a splendid way and is now one of the most visited tourist destinations in Rajasthan.

    Learn a bit about the history while exploring few of the best places in Pushkar like Brahmaji Temple, Pushkar fair ground, Varaha temple, Pushkar Lake, Vishnu temple, Savitri Mandir, Panch Kund Shiv temple, Dargah Sharif of Ajmer. 

    In case, you are visiting this city during October – November, you can be a part of the world’s largest camel fair. Popularly known as the ‘Pushkar Fair’, you can witness some of the exciting competitions and unique performances in this fair. Be it the temples, fairs, forts, and palaces, there is no dearth of places to visit in Pushkar. Get soaked in the beauty of this remarkable city and make some good memories with your loved ones. 

    Best time to visit: October-Febraury
    Distance from Delhi: 405kms

  • Famous Places to Visit in Pushkar

  • 01Pushkar Lake

    Pushkar Lake
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    Surrounded by more than fifty bathing ghats, this lake is located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Legend has it that Lord Brahma was looking for a place to conduct a religious ceremony. He dropped a lotus to guide him. The lotus fell on the site which is now the Pushkar Lake.

    It is a sacred water body for Hindus and is where the Pushkar Fair is held. Thousands of pilgrims visit here to take a holy dip during the fair which is said to cleanse sins. The lake is generally full through the year and has different varieties of fish. The surrounding regions are home to exotic flora and fauna. Numerous migratory birds visit the water body during certain seasons. Surrounded by good hotels and resorts, you are never short of accommodation facilities when here.

    Set amidst beautiful hills, the lake is one of the main tourist attractions of Rajasthan. These hills are where the Saint Agasthya's cave is, which is amongst the intriguing places to see in Pushkar. It is believed that in these adjoining hills, this great saint meditated for good part of his life.

  • 02Brahma's Temple

    Brahma's Temple
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    Also called the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, this temple is located near to the Pushkar Lake. It is one of the few Brahma temples remaining in the country and is amongst the rare places to visit in Pushkar. The place of worship was built in the fourteenth century. Constructed of marble and stone, it has a unique architecture along with the majestic red pinnacle. The bird motif of the sacred structure gives it a distinctive identity. Inside the place of worship, images of Brahma adorn the sanctum sanctorum. Married men are not allowed entry into the sanctum sanctorum as this place is reserved only for ascetics or sanyasis.

    There are many fascinating architectural aspects of this temple. The pillared outdoor hall is one such structure that will leave you spellbound. The insides are built with stone slabs and molted lead has been used to combine them  on a high plinth, numerous marble steps lead to the temple. The scared place is visited by devotees throughout the year. Many come here only after taking a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake. Dedicated to Lord Brahma, the most important festival is held here during the months of October and November.
  • 03Varah Temple

    Varah Temple

    Out of the largest and most ancient temples in Pushkar, Varah Temple is one. It is dedicated to Varaha, a boar that is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.  The place of worship is an ancient architectural masterpiece built in the 12th century. It was destroyed by Aurangzeb who as the Mughal ruler at that time. Aurangzeb took offence to the strange depiction of a man’s body with a boar’s head in the temple. The shrine was restored in 1727 by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II.

    The highlight of the place is the image house present inside. The very sight is magnificent. Given this unique culmination of architectural elements, this temple is considered amongst the finest temples in this region and also one of the best places to visit in Pushkar. Visited by people from all regions across, it is also a popular place to explore the intriguing facets of Hindu mythology.

  • 04Savitri Temple

    Savitri Temple

    Located atop the Ratnagiri Hill, Savitri Temple has a legend behind it. Built in 1687, it is said to be the place where the Goddess Savitri came and rested after revolting with her husband on marrying another woman. This temple was built by her and served as a lookout to watch her husband’s erring ways. Visiting this place of worship is quite an experience.

    The route that leads to the temple meanders through the hills. You need to trek for about an hour to get to the top of Ratnagiri Hill. From the top you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding regions. You can see the vast expanse of the Pushkar Lake in the distance and can also see parts of the desert. This multi-faceted view is truly engaging and visiting these places is amongst the pleasurable things to do in Pushkar.

    Visiting this temple has religious significance. Given that the trek to reach here tiresome, it is considered to be undertaking a punishment for any sins that you may have committed. Currently, the idols of Savitri and Gayatri have been installed in the temple. Pilgrims from all over India visit to pay their respects to these divine Goddesses.

  • 05Pushkar Camel Fair

    Pushkar Camel Fair
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    This fair is an enormous exposition of camels. Villagers from all rural parts of Rajasthan arrive at Pushkar with their camels. On average there are about fifty thousand camels at the fair. One of the largest aggregation of these desert animals, this is amongst the top places to see in Pushkar.

    The Pushkar Camel Fair is celebrated during the month of November in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. During this time you can see camels dressed up and paraded through the field. There are various contests such as camel races and camel pageantry held. There are also performances by magicians and street performers in many parts of the ground. The rural magic may not be the ones you see by international artists, yet they are endearing.

    During the fair, pilgrims visit the Pushkar Lake to take a holy dip. This act is said to absolve their sins. On average there are about two hundred thousand people here. Even the camel men are dressed in impressive traditional clothing and are adorned in colored turbans and embroidered gowns. Some comical acts are also performed that leave everyone enthralled. The fair is a positive experience and has repeat visitors. There are foreign visitors who continue to visit every year enamored by the culture and heritage of this place.

    Besides buying and selling of livestock, the fair also witnesses several exciting competitions like matka phod (break the pot), longest moustache, camel race and aerobics, bridal competition and several others.

    Best time to visit: November

  • 06Man Mahal

    Man Mahal

    The largest royal place of residence in Pushkar, Man Mahal is one of the places to visit in Pushkar. Located beside the Sarovar Lake, the view from here is engaging. You can see the entire expanse of the Sarovar Lake and the surrounding regions. It was built for Raja Man Singh-I, who visited this place as a retreat center. Now the erstwhile royal guest house is public guest house. It is open for visitors who can stay here and enjoy the many facets of Pushkar.

    Man Mahal has a commanding architecture that incorporates traditional Rajasthani architectural elements. There is a touch of Mughal influence in the design of the building. The palace is also called the Sarovar Hotel given that it is a world class stay offering an international ambience to suit all types of visitors.

    The interiors of the structure are a visual treat for visitors. Located on the banks of the lake, you can go for boating expeditions on these serene waters. The hotel administration also arranges for tour guides to help you make an informed trip into the heart of the city. Providing a unique experience, if you have ever fancied living in a palace, this is your opportunity.

  • 07Rangji Temple

    Rangji Temple

    The Rangji Temple is known for its South Indian architecture such as the high gopuram. Among the newer temples of the region, it was constructed under the aegis of Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal in 1823. The grace and poise of this place of worship is unmistakable. It is one of the popular shrines in the region and experiences a steady influx of visitors every year.

    Dedicated to Lord Rangii, the temple is one among the few ones in Pushkar that incorporate South Indian architecture. The sacred structure also incorporates architectural styles of Rajput and Mughal designs making it unique. Being a Vishnu temple, you can see a large gathering of Vishnu devotees on important occasions.

    Given its distinct disposition, this revered shrine is amongst the top places to visit in Pushkar. In the vicinity are several sightseeing attractions. You can witness the local culture of this place on bicycling trips. Being a holy town with numerous temples, there is a palpable synergy of piety in every aspect of daily life here.

  • 08Mahadeva Temple

    Mahadeva Temple
    Dedicated to Lord Mahadeva, this temple is one of the most pious as well as highly visited temples in Pushkar. Built in 19th century, it has Lord Shiva as its main deity and a pure white marble statue of the lord. Crafted intricately, the temple is embossed with pink pillars, polished flooring and a fascinating wall paintings.
  • 09Visit Pushkar Bazaar

    Visit Pushkar Bazaar

    The Pushkar Bazaar is amongst the top tourist destinations in Pushkar and the most popular amongst places to visit in Pushkar. The assortment of items sold in this marketplace provides you an insight of the culture here.

    This market is famous for rose pulp. You can also purchase syrup and gulkhand which are popular items sold in the shops here. Even though it is a bustling market, it is a beautiful place. All handicraft items and miscellaneous items sold here are reasonably priced.

    You can shop for Rajasthani costumes here. Be it the embroidered fabrics, utensils made of brass, glass ware, leather bags made of camel skin, and belts; there’s much to choose. There are a number of items only sold in this bazaar and have a high demand with international visitors. Given that Pushkar is a holy town many items sold here are of religious interest. There is a profound undercurrent of Hindu mythology in this bazaar given that even the handicraft items incorporate elements of piety.

  • 10Adventure Desert Camp

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    Adventure Desert Camp, Pushkar

    Adventure Desert Camp, Pushkar

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  • 11Merta City

    Merta City

    Merta City is known as the birthplace of Meera Bai. She was a poet and princess who wrote many acclaimed essays and poetry articles. Her devotional songs are etched forever in the minds of people. She wrote these songs for her favorite god Lord Krishna. Krishna devotees also worship her because of her undying faith in Lord Krishna. There is also a temple dedicated to her as she also considered a saint.

    Visiting Merta City is an exotic and intriguing experience and is definitely amongst the top things to do in Pushkar. The place is full of meandering roads that crisscross each other. A popular place to visit here is the Meera Smarak. You can visit the museum inside to gain more insight on Meera, her life and times. There are numerous cloth paintings depicting her in various poses displayed in the museum.  Merta also has many temples and palaces.

    It is a beautiful city full of these impressive structures to keep you busy for several weeks together. The city was used as a trading port in the desert during the medieval period. One splendid structure you have to visit is the Aurangzeb Mosque. 
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  • 12Trekking and Camping at Pushkar

    Trekking and Camping at Pushkar
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  • 13Hot air Balloon Ride

    Hot air Balloon Ride
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    While you are in Pushkar try this exciting activity of Hot air Balloon Ride and explore the city from the top.There is nothing quite like it. The absolute peace of immense vistas, muted colors and crisp fresh air and the ever-present promise of something wild as the balloons float you silently above it all "like a dream come true.

    Soak in the tranquillity as you slowly drift over the places and enjoy the sight of the ancient sacred landscape. This is like a double treat for the photography lovers who would love to capture some of the most splendid shots with your lens.

    The best time for this activity is during early morning or late afternoon.

    Getting There: If you are taking a flight to the Sanganer airport which is 146 km from Pushkar is the nearest airport. It connects Pushkar to the rest of India and the world. Pushkar is easily connected to the major roadways and national highways of Rajasthan and India.
  • 14Camel Safari

    Camel Safari
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    Almost all of us are confused to pick one out of best places to visit in Pushkar as this place has a lot to offer. While you are on a trip to Rajasthan try this exciting Camel safari which is most loved by all. Camel Safari offers you a chance to cherish the life in the bright atmosphere of the desert. Explore the life and the impressive Rajasthan.

    The rustic lifestyle of desert people adds charm to the whole region. The journey of camel safari trails through the countryside. For a long period of time Pushkar was out of the sights of visitors.

    Getting There: If you are taking a flight to the Sanganer airport which is 146 km from Pushkar is the nearest airport. It connects Pushkar to the rest of India and the world. Pushkar is easily connected to the major roadways and national highways of Rajasthan and India. The Marwar bus stand is linked to places like Delhi, Jodhpur, and Bikaner. The other stand is Ajmer bus stand, at a distance of 11 km in the east of Pushkar.
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  • 151 Hour Quad Biking Tour in Pushkar

    1 Hour Quad Biking Tour in Pushkar
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    About the Activity:
    • If you love exploring the deserts, then this tour is the perfect fit for you.
    • Enthrall in this exciting 1 hour quad biking experience which will starts from the Aram Bagh Hotel.
    • Explore the desert in 200cc ATV for the ultimate fun.
    • Ride through the city and enjoy the amazing view and the cityscape before stepping into the desert.
    • Once you reach the desert, ride through the sand dunes for the ultimate fun and adventure.
  • 16Horse Riding in Pushkar, Rajasthan

    Horse Riding in Pushkar, Rajasthan
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    About the Activity:

    Get an outstanding horse safari starting in the beautiful countryside and riding to Pushkar Camel Fair on fine Marwari horses.

    Other activities include horse safari, horse trekking, horse riding, and Pushkar Fair for riders.

    This exhilarating ride captures the spirit of a traditional journey to the great mela.

    The safari is accompanied by a friendly, experienced team who take great care of both horses and riders.

    Pushkar is a small place, situated 11 km from Ajmer, in the state of Rajasthan. It is a holy place mostly visited for the sacred Pushkar Lake, the Brahma temple and the renowned Camel Safari. Thus, though Pushkar is primarily a pilgrimage spot, it is also visited for the exciting camel safaris in the desert sand dunes.

  • 17Hiking in Pushkar

    Hiking in Pushkar
    About the Activity:
    • If you want to explore the real beauty of Rajasthan, then this tour is the perfect fit for you.
    • Embark on this exciting 4 hour trekking expedition in Pushkar and witness the stunning beauty of this region.
    • Hike through the amazing hills of the Savatri, Gayatri and Naag to enjoy its scenic view.
    • Enjoy a mouth watering lunch in a rooftop restaurant.
    • End your tour with lots of memories.

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