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Pushkar City Tour

PushkarA small town on the edge of Rajasthan's Thar desert, Pushkar is famous both as a pilgrimage destination and a place where one of world's most colourful animal fair is held. Pushkar Rajasthan boasts of as many as 400 big and small temples and 52 ghats. Pushkar tour also includes the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. Pushkar metamorphoses into a busy commercial place when the annual animal fair is held in the Hindu month of Kartik which is October-November in the English calendar. Tourists from many parts of the globe come to witness this very unique fair which basically involves camels. Ajmer is the nearest big city from Pushkar in Rajasthan at a distance of 11 kms. State capital Jaipur is located some 140 kms from Pushkar.

What To See

Pushkar Tour Attractions The Temples :
Of the over 400 temples dotting the Pushkar landscape, the Brahma temple on the banks of Pushkar lake is the most revered. It is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world. Constructed in the 14th century, the temple stands on high plinth with many marble steps leading to it. The temple floor is made of marble and many silver coins have been embedded containing the names of donors. A beautifully carved silver turtle also sits on the floor facing the sanctorum. The temple dedicated to Goddess Savitri perched on top of a hill is another important temple of the place. Devotees have to trek for one hour to reach the temple. Irrespective of size and significance, all the Pushkar temples are well maintained and worship services are offered on a regular basis.
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Pushkar Lake :
Spirituality in India is the lifeblood of the nation. When it comes to sanctity, every single grain of sand and every single piece of stone are considered to be sacred, with some mythical beliefs attached to them. To others, specially to the Westerners, it may be a matter of superstition but here in India, it's a way of life. An aspect that needs to be understood and not merely looked at.

Pushkar in Rajasthan, 135 km from capital Jaipur, is held in high regard by the Hindu community all across India. And it's the sanctity of the place that drives tourists and locals here from every nook of the world. The holy Pushkar Lake captures the true essence of what Pushkar is all about. Thousands of devotees, from all around the country, pour into the place to take a dip into the lake. It is a strong belief among devotees that a dip in the divine waters purges one's body and soul of all sins of the past. Rishis, maha rishis and tantrics can all be seen at the site of the lake. Ghats of the lake are an interesting sight to behold.

What To Do

Pushkar Fair, PushkarPushkar Fair : Pushkar adorns an altogether new look during the animal fair held in the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November). The fair is held for a duration of one week on the banks of holy Pushkar lake. For the participant villagers who lead a difficult life in the arid deserts, the fair comes as a whiff of fresh air.

On the first five days, trading of cattle is the main attraction. Tourists love to witness the transaction process which itself is considered unique in many respects. Long drawn negotiations take place between the buyers and sellers before arriving at settlements.

However, it is colourful events involving camels that is the main attraction of the fair. Supervised by their masters, camels participate in games like races and musical chairs. Beauty contests for camels are also held on the occasion. Strength of camels is also tested in games like laadoo oonth. The camel that lifts the highest weight is declared the winner.

The Pushkar fair is dubbed the biggest camel fair in the world. Needless to say that it is also the most colourful fair in the whole world involving animals.

Shopping in Pushkar :
Specialities of the different places of Rajasthan adorn the main markets of Pushkar namely Sarafa Bazaar, Bara Bazaar and Kedalganj Bazaar. Tourists throng the markets for traditional textiles, embroidered clothes, gold and silver jewellery, brass utensils, miniature paintings, leather goods, pottery, beads, bangles, wood and stone carvings etc. The best time to shop in Pushkar is during the Pushkar fair when a large market is organised selling a wide variety of items.
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