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    A man with his camel during the Camel Fair in Pushkar


    Pushkar does not need any introduction for the glory, history and culture that it exhibits. One of the ancient cities of the country, located in Ajmer, it has been largely known for its religious significance as the city boasts of one of the very rare temples of Lord Brahma(Hindu god). The annual cattle fair, the holy lake, a handful of adventure activities, and endless emotions to capture on camera — Pushkar has it all for any avid traveler. Just before we introduce you to an exclusive list of places to visit in Pushkar, here are a few essentials you must note.

    13 Best Places To Visit In Pushkar

    Best time to visit Pushkar is during the months of October – November. This is the time when the famous Pushkar Camel Fair comes to town, and also the weather is nicer during these months. Here are some of the top places to visit in Pushkar, Rajasthan that you must not miss:

    • Pushkar Lake Banks
    • Mahadeva Temple
    • Pushkar Lake
    • Merta
    • Naga Pahar
    • Rose Garden
    • Sarafa Bazar
    • Kishangarh
    • Man Mahal
    • Brahma’s Temple
    • Varah Temple
    • Savitri Temple
    • Rangji Temple

    1. Pushkar Lake Banks

    A bird’s eye view of the fairground of Pushkar Camel Fair

    Yes, the famous fair takes places at the banks of the Pushkar Lake. Colors, spectacle and a carnival — one of the last great traditional melas in India, Pushkar Fair brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan together. This fair is an excuse to experience the shades of rural India in its most organic form wherein one can interact with villagers, and buy Rajasthani handicrafts. The fair also organises a plethora of animal races, camel processions and cultural performances. Further, it has recently become a popular attraction among hippies and foreign tourists.

    When: In October- November; the celebrations and festivities conclude on the full moon of Kartika month

    Major attractions: Animal trading, horse and camel races, cultural performances, processions, camel safaris, hot air ballooning

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    2. Mahadeva Temple

    A temple at one of the ghats of Pushkar Lake

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    Pushkar is one of the prominent cities in India that is known for its amazing temples. The city boasts of several temples worth visiting These temples not only provide a spiritual getaway but also take one through the history lanes of this ancient city. One such temple is the Mahadeva Temple. Constructed in the 19th century, the Mahadeva Temple in Pushkar is one of the most visited places in the town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva as its main deity and has a white marble statue of him in the inside. Polished flooring and wonderful wall paintings are a highlight of this temple. Another major highlight of its architecture is the embossed pink pillars.

    Location: Main Market Rd, Pushkar, India

    Things to do: Visit the temples during the darshana timings and participate in the magical celebrations during aarti.

    Opening hours: 5:00 am to 1:30 pm, all days

    Entry: Free

    3. Pushkar Lake

    Birds flock away from the Pushkar Lake on a fine evening

    Pushkar lake is closest to the temple of God Brahma. As per mythology, this place is where Brahma and Savitri offered their prayers. It is believed that a dip in this holy river is the harbinger of Moksha — freedom from birth. The lake has several ghats, designed especially for taking baths and offering prayers. Brahma Ghat is the most famous among many others like Varaha, Dadhich, Saptarishi, Gwalior, Kota, Gau, Yag, Jaipur, Karni and Gangaur Ghat.

    Things to do: Offer prayers at the ghats and get a pooja done for the ancestors; participate in aarti, photography

    Opening hours: Open all the day

    Entry: Free

    4. Merta

    The Meera Bai Temple is one of the historic places to visit in Pushkar

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    Merta is almost 400 years old and has been famous for Meera Temple — the Krishna devotee. Previously known as Medantak, this city happens to be the birthplace of Meera Bai and this connection has kept it among the pupular places to visit in Pushkar. Dadhimati Temple and Charbhuja Temple, located here, also attract a large number of devotees round the year. This city also holds a lot of historical significance owing to the large number of battles it has witnessed and hence, is among popular places to visit in Pushkar.

    Things to do: Visit the famous Raj palace and temples — attend aarti at Charbhuja Temple

    Opening hours: Sunrise to sunset, Mangla aarti at Charbhuja Temple takes place between 5:30 am to 6:30 am

    Entry: Free

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    5. Naga Pahar

    A magical view of the Naga Pahar at sunrise

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    Pushkar and Ajmer are divided by a hill — known as Naga Pahar. As per the legends, the hills at Naga Pahar continue to diminish till date and will eventually disappear totally. These hills are believed to be the residence of the famous Sage Agastya. The hills also house a lake called Nag Kund. Naga Pahar offers a spectacular view of Pushkar city from its top and has often been used as a vantage point for photographers.

    Things to do: Photography, small trekking, spiritual walks

    Opening hours: Open all day

    Entry: Free

    6. Rose Garden

    A blooming rose farm is one of the best places to visit in Pushkar

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    Surprisingly, Pushkar is also known for its rose farming. It is referred as the Rose Garden of Rajasthan. The farmers, here, grow rose extensively and the diversities of this flower grown here, are exported all over the world. There are acres of farm lands with beautiful red roses in different hues spreading the fragrance — enchanting enough to make one crave to sit and spend some rosy time .

    Things to do: Sit, unwind and relax amidst the mesmerizing fragrance of roses

    7. Sarafa Bazar

    Shopping for trinkets and handicrafts in Sarafa Bazar is one of the best things to do in Pushkar

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    Think Rajasthan and you get colors. The markets in Pushkar are a perfect ambassador of Rajasthani handicrafts, textile, jewellery and leather products. From trinkets to turban – the markets like Sarafa Bazar and Bada Bazar have it all that has been fascinating tourists from all across the globe. The embroidered Rajasthani clothes, wall hangings, handicrafts are something that one can’t afford to miss.

    Opening hours: 9:00 am till late night

    8. Kishangarh

    A viewing point from the galleries of Roop Mahal in Pushkar

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    A municipality on the outskirts of Pushkar, Kishangarh is famous for its magnificent forts and marble mines. The Phool Mahal and Roopangarh Fort here are a peep into the rich history of this region. The marble mines in Kishangarh are also worth visiting as they help you understand the processes involved behind those marble slabs in your home.

    Things to do: Shop for marble made décor items, visit the forts that have, now, been restored into hotels

    9. Man Mahal

    Pushkar in Rajasthan

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    Built by Amber’s Raja Man Singh, this beautiful palace is located close to the Pushkar sarovar. The palace is built in traditional Rajasthani architecture and has a temple inside. The palace is maintained by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and is used as a tourist bungalow. The key attractions for tourists are breathtaking sunset views of the lakes and temples around. Camel riding and camping arrangements can be made on request for guests.

    Things to do: Admire the scenic views of Pushkar and the evening aarti, go on a camel or a camel cart ride

    Opening hours: All day

    Entry: Free

    10. Brahma’s Temple

    Brahma Temple

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    Situated near the Pushkar Lake, this is one of few temples of Brahma that now exist in India. Also known as the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, the temple was built in the 14th century. The temple has been built with marble and stone and features a red pinnacle. The walls are decorated with bird motifs. Images of Brahma has been placed in the sanctum sanctorum. A unique tradition which is followed here is that this place is reserved only for ascetics or sanyasis and married men are not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum. The architectural beauty of this temple is simply amazing, especially the pillared outdoor hall and the numerous marble steps leading to the temple. The temple can be visited throughout the year but October and November are the most important months with a festival dedicated to Lord Brahma.

    Location: Brahma Temple Rd, Ganahera, Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022

    Opening hours: 5:00 am to 1:30 pm, all days

    Entry: Free

    11. Varah Temple

    Varah Temple

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    Varah Temple is one of the largest temples in Pushkar. It is one of the oldest temples in the town too. The temple is dedicated to Varaha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu as a boar. Constructed in the 12th century, this temple is an architectural wonder. Varah Temple was destructed the then Mughal ruler, Aurangzeb as he was offended by the depiction of the body of a man with the head of a boar in the temple. In 1727, the temple was restored by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II.

    Location: Main Market, Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022

    Opening hours: 5:00 am to 1:30 pm, all days

    Entry: Free

    12. Savitri Mata Temple

    Savitri Temple

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    Constructed in 1687, the Savitri Mata Temple is situated on the Ratnagiri Hill. It is believed to be the place where Goddess Savitri found some rest after revolting with her husband on marrying another woman. The temple is said to be built by her and it served as a lookout from where she could watch her husband’s moves. The temple homes the idols of Goddesses Savitri and Gayatri. The way to the temple passes through the hills so you can trek to the temple through the Ratnagiri Hill. This journey also has a religious significant as it is considered to be a penance of our sins.

    Location: Kharekhari Rd, Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022

    Opening hours: 5:00 am to 1:30 pm, all days

    Entry: Free

    13. Rangji Temple

    Rangji Temple

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    Rangji Temple is one of the newest temples in the town and was constructed in 1823 under the guidance of Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal. A major highlight of this temple is its South Indian architecture, especially the high gopuram. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rangii who is related to Lord Vishnu. The temple also features other architectural styles including the Rajput and Mughal. The temple is located near many tourist attractions of Pushkar, and you can explore them on a bicycle.

    Location: Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022

    Opening hours: 5:00 am to 1:30 pm, all days

    Entry: Free

    Where To Stay In Pushkar?

    Staying in the luxurious tents of Aarambagh and outdoor dining is one of the best things to do in Pushkar

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    Pushkar offers some of the most luxurious and variety of accommodations in Rajasthan. Here are some of the best places to stay in Pushkar for every budget:

    For luxury stays: Aaram Bagh, Pushkar Resort

    For budget stays: Hotel Lake View, Hotel Lake Palace

    How To Reach Pushkar

    How To Reach Pushkar

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    Ajmer is the nearest railway station (11 km) — Pink City Express and Shatabdi Express are the best trains to opt for while traveling to Ajmer from Delhi and Jaipur. There are direct buses between Pushkar and Ajmer (30 minutes, INR 20), Jaipur (3 hours, INR 220-410), Udaipur (6 hours, INR 450), and night buses to Delhi (10 hours, INR 400-850). It is only 147 km by road from Jaipur.

    Getting Around In Pushkar: Not that large a city, Pushkar can be easily navigated on foot. The tour operators, here, organise walks and spiritual tours. One can also rent a bike and explore the areas around. Camel Safari is another good option to explore the holy city.

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    No doubt, the Annual Camel Fair attracts the major part of crowd visiting Pushkar but the other best places to visit in Pushkar are equally fascinating. Do plan a trip to Pushkar and experience the best of Rajasthani traditions and culture.

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