One among the foremost Hindu pilgrimages, Pushkar is in fact much more than
just a religious destination. It is also popular among the tourists for
myriad other reasons, Pushkar lake also being one of them. There are about
400 temples in the place and Pushkar is the only place to have a temple
which is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The fascinating lake of Pushkar is set in
an equally fascinating location as it is surrounded by sand dunes on one
side and by hills on the other three sides. The area surrounding Pushkar
lake is the site of the famous religious and cattle fair which is held every
year in the month of October or November. Though there are several legends
in circulation regarding origin of Pushkar, the common thread that runs
through all of them is that all the legends are associated with Lord Brahma.
Brahma Temple :
Pushkar is the only place in the world which has a
temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. This temple is considered very pious and
sacred by all the Hindus. The floor and stairs of the temple are made of
marble and it is customary for the devotees to put coins here to mark the
births and deaths of their loved ones.
» Pushkar Lake :
The legend associated with the
Pushkar Lake says that it was formed when petals from Lord Brahma's lotus
fell on earth at this place. The lake is surrounded by about 400 temples, 52
palaces and 52 ghats (lake front) on all sides. The world famous Pushkar
fair is also organized on Kartik Purnima on the banks of the lake.
» Savitri Temple :
As the name suggests, this temple
is dedicated to Goddess Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma. It is located on
the Ratnagiri hill and has an interesting legend associated with it. It is
said that once Lord Brahma had to conduct a Yagna (a holy Hindu
rite) at a very short notice. Since he could not do it without his wife
Savitri, who was not there, he married a local milkmaid after purifying her.
This infuriated Savitri who cursed her husband that he would not be
worshiped anywhere except Pushkar.
» Man Mahal :
It is a magnificent palace built by
Raja Man Singh. Located on the banks of the Pushkar Lake, it has now been
converted into a hotel.
Staying in Pushkar
accommodation options in Pushkar include some of the best 3 star, deluxe and
heritage hotels which are equipped with some of the best interiors and
modern facilities. Whatever your preferences, you can always find a hotel at
Pushkar that will serve your individual needs. Some of the important hotels
in Pushkar are Master Paradise, Pushkar Fort, Royal Camp, Green Park Resort
and Hotel New Park.
Shopping in Pushkar
Pushkar has an enormous reservoir of souvenirs and the tourists to the
place seem to be already aware of the fact. They regularly throng the
markets at Pushkar to shop for the embroidery, textiles, jewellery,
miniature paintings and puppets. The famous shopping centres of the place
are Sarafa Bazar, Baza Bazar and Kedalganj Bazar.
The Sanganer Airport at Jaipur is the nearest airport which is 138 km away
from Pushkar. Ajmer is the nearest railhead from Pushkar which is 11 km
away. It is connected by regular trains with Delhi, Agra, Udaipur, Jaipur
and Ahmedabad. Pushkar is easily accessible by road and regular bus services
are available to all the major cities.