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Pushkar

Think 'Pushkar'and images of Rajasthani girls dancing to folk music against a setting sun come alive as they always do. Pushkar has come a long way from a tiny dusty pilgrimage town to the major tourist hub it is today. Built around the revered Pushkar Lake, the town has stretched far beyond the Brahma temples on its banks. The lotus-shaped lake has origins that apparently date back to when Brahma, the creator, dropped a lotus petal on Pushkar. Stay late evening for the stellar afterglow of the evening aarti puja as priests perform various rites in the surrounding 52 ghats. Ancient templeshere have been rebuilt, surviving centuries of myriad rulers. Expect the odd Hebrew sign in Main Bazaar as you bump into numerous Israeli tourists in town. Come November, Pushkar comes alive with what it does best. Festivities and revelry begin with the world's largest camel fair in sandy surroundings. Merry-go-rounds, camel accessories, leather, farming tools, street-food and lines of colourful shops fill every square meter of Pushkar's grounds. The renowned Sufi, Moinuddin Chisti Dargah is a mere 16 kilometres from town, so head here for some much needed peace if you're visiting during the festival or otherwise. Hike up the hills nearby or spend your time on a rooftop cafe overlooking Pushkar lake. Every camel aside, stroll down 'Halwai Gali' before you leave for aquick sugar rush that only 'malpuas'can give.

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Things to do

Spiritual Temple Walk -Pushkar's mysticism has much to do with its lake temples and the air of spirituality surrounding it, but more with the strong religious pulse that beats through this templetown. Stroll through the crowded lanes of Pushkar, hike the holy hills beyond and visit its renowned temples.

Gypsy Visit and Folk Music- Much like gypsies the world over, Rajasthani gypsies are renowned for their music and dancing prowess as well as unique nomadic lifestyle. These musically gifted artisans toured kingdoms for the longest time, entertaining royals, performing dances and singing ballads.

Heritage and Lake Walk-Hinduism's most revered ghats, a renowned Brahma temple, and famed camel festival, the dusty town of Pushkar is so much more than the average pilgrimage centre it's often made out to be. Drive through Pushkar valley to the serene lake town filled with colourful markets of handicrafts, leather, and jewellery.

Ajmer Dargah-Shiva Temple Visit -Drive over to the gates of Ajmer Sharif, a mere 15 kilometres away from Pushkar, after breakfast. Meet our local expert at the entrance who will walk you through to the dargah (shrine). Renowned for numerous recorded miracles, this Shrine is built around the maqbara (grave) of revered Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti.

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Best time to visit November to February

These months constitute the winter season in Pushkar and can be considered as a good time to come. This is the time when you'll see hordes of tourists and devotees take advantage of the cool weather to pay their respects to their preferred deities. While the average temperature in Pushkar will range from 15 to 18 degree Celsius, the lowest temperature will not go beyond 5 degree Celsius.

How to reach

Air

  • The Jaipur International Airport (JAI) is the nearest airport located in Jaipur at distance of 150 kilometre . Air Asia, Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo, and Jet Airways operate regular flights from all the major cities of India for 'The Pink City'. You can take taxi/cab or bus from Jaipur to reach Puahkar.

Rail

  • Ajmer Junction Railway station is the nearest railway station which is only 15 kilometre apart from Pushkar. Ajmer Junction Railway station is well linked with major Indian cities such as Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Patna, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur and many others. Some of the prominent trains from Delhi to Ajmer include Ajmer Shatabdi and Kathgodam Ranikhet Express. You can take bus/cab from ajmer to reach Pushkar.

Road

  • Buses are the most convenient mode to reach Pushkar . The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) provides regular bus services connecting Pushkar to all major destinations. If you are in Delhi you can even drive to Pushkar via NH 8 route.

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