About the Place
A chief pilgrimage centre of the Hindus, the tiny town of Pushkar lies on
edge of the Thar Desert, 132 km away from Jaipur. The town is privileged to
be home to the only Brahma Temple in the world. According to the Hindu
mythology, the all-popular Pushkar Lake, on the banks of which the town
lies, is the place where Lord Brahma performed Yagna (A fire sacrifice). The
town is beautifully surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the
fourth- a perfect backdrop to the annual religious and cattle fair.
Pushkar faces extremes of temperature with high climatic variations between
the seasons. Summers are hot while nights are chilly. During the winters,
temperature remains around 10 degrees centigrade. September to March is the
best time to pay a visit to Pushkar.
The main attraction in Pushkar, the Brahma Temple is the only place where
Lord Brahma is worshipped. Having a significant position in the Hindu
pantheon, the temple enshrines a full size four-armed idol of Lord Brahma.
Besides the only Brahma Temple, the Pushkar Lake is the another revered
site, attracting hordes of pilgrims from all across the country. And the
lake is no small thing, for a dip in the waters here is considered to wash
away all the sins of the past. Once there the scene around the lake will be
proof to all of it.
Perched atop the Ratnagiri Hill, the Savitri Temple stands in dedication to
Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma. Legend has it that as Lord Brahma
performed Yagna with a local milkmaid Gayitri, an enraged Savitri cursed him
that he would never be worshipped anywhere except in Pushkar.
Take a stroll through the bustling Pushkar Bazaar to have your picks from a
huge range of souvenirs, Rajasthani costumes, jewellery, embroidered fabrics
and other decorative items. The bazaar becomes a hotspot during the Annual
actually the famed Pushkar Fair that gets Pushkar on the international
travel map. Held every year during the month of November, the fair sees a
huge number of people from all around. Pilgrims can be seen taking their
sacred dips into the Pushkar Lake. The largest camel fair in the world is
organised at the same time.
Jaipur, 132 km from Pushkar, is the closest airport from here. There are
regular flight services from here to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur,
Jodhpur, Ahmedabad and Aurangabad. Ajmer is the nearest railhead. By road
too, Pushkar has good motorable links, with Ajmer lying at a distance of
just 14 km. Daulatabad Bus Stand in Ajmer has buses leaving for the key
destinations in and outside Rajasthan.