The land of Pushkar is a spiritual place mentioned in Padma Purana which is one of the 18 prominent Hindu mythologies. The energy, vibe, people, temples, morning and evening chants at the periphery of ghats by the lake and the narrow streets spreading from the lake at the center make the town serene and beautiful.
It is believed that taking a parikrama of the three lakes surrounding Pushkar washes away mortal sins. The other two lakes are Madhya Pushkar lake near Hanuman temple and Kanistha Pushkar lake near Krishna temple.
Pushkar is symbolized with a blue lotus flower of Lord Brahma and few revered Hindu sites are mentioned in Ramayana too. There are nearly 400 plus temples in the town and most of us want to visit the 2000-year-old Brahma temple as there’s no other temple of God Brahma in the world. It is surrounded by hillocks of the Aravali range and it is separated by Nag Pahar from Ajmer.
Things to do in Pushkar – For Mythology lovers
– Visit Savitri, Brahma and Varaha temple for 6 am or 6 pm aarti.
– Go for an evening aarti at Varah ghat and spend your evening by the lake resounded with chants and hymns.
– Visit Panch Kund temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, built by Pandavas.
– Hike to Ratnagiri hill and visit the temple, it is open only for Indians.
– Hike to Pap Mochani temple dedicated to Goddess Gayatri.
Things to do – For explorers
– Spend an evening at Ajaypal to find yourself in lush green hills and meet our famous Aalu Baba over a cup of hot tea (that you’d carry) and for some holy smoke. Stop by to enjoy the sight of peacocks and monkeys.
– Many reliable hostels have come up in Pushkar recently, I recommend staying at any one these backpacking hostels here. I stayed at Zostel and Elephant during my last visit.
– If you like cultural and trading events, then drop by to attend Annual Mela of Pushkar that happens every year 4 days post-Diwali and Holi. This festival has its own charm as the boys dance with their laathi’s amidst colors splashing in the air in the heart of the town. Also, hot air balloon is a must try.
– In season, during sunsets, Kalbelia tribe dance to the gypsy music, one must groove to this music along with them.
– If you want your spirits to go high, try out bhaang from a government thela in Ghanneda. Take the Gola and mix it in your favorite drink and enjoy this drink with your friends.
– Go for a late-night bonfire barbeque dinner at dessert with your local guide or friend.
– Stroll through the markets to check out silver jewelry, Rose products, Indo western dresses and stop by at any local street food cafe to enjoy Israeli food and Dal Bati.
– Spend an evening at Sunset cafe, listen to Bhopa music playing Ravanhatha while watching the sun diffuse in the lake.
– Visit Gandhi ghat where ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were sprinkled.
– Go for a night visit to Ajmer Dargah of the Sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti. It is believed that prayers will be answered after visiting the shrine. For me, the time spent here was utterly peaceful as the worshippers were singing Sufi music.
– You’ll see an amalgamation of Hinduism with the Sufi culture at Merta city surrounded by two lakes, which is 60kms from Pushkar. Meera Bai was born here, visit her smarak dedicated to Lord Krishna. Also, check out the road-rail bus that runs within the city.
How to reach
– Jaipur and kishangarh is the nearest airport from Pushkar. Jaipur is 150kms from Pushkar.
– Buses are available till Pushkar and Ajmer from Sindhi camp Bus stop.
– Ola and Uber are available from Jaipur to Pushkar for about 1500 to 2000 rupees.
– Prefer to walk or take an auto-rickshaw to commute within the town.
– Keep cash on you as most of the restaurants and hotels don’t have banking facilities.
Visiting Pushkar was one of the best decisions I took, once was not enough for me. Every time I go there, I find peace and I return as a better person. People are warm and welcoming and then there’s so much to do here.
The best time to visit this place is from Nov to March.
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