Pushkar is deliberately placed to the North West of the city Ajmer in Rajasthan; just 11 kilometers away. Pushkar is located at the latitude of 26o5’ North and the longitude of 74o55’ East. The standard altitude of Pushkar is approximately 500 meters above the sea level. Pushkar is the only place of pilgrimage devoted to Lord Brahma in India. Various bathing locales, known as Ghats, encircle the lake where pilgrims dip in the sacred water for refinement of both the body and the soul.
The Brahma temple, Pushkar Lake and the Cattle fair
Pushkar has an extreme climate with high climatic variations between the seasons. The days in summers are humid but the nights are pleasant. Temperature remains around 10C in the winters. Weather in monsoon is not very nice as there is remote rainfall in this season
Best time to visit : The best time to visit the place is between the months of September to March.
Pushkar is an important religious place for Hindus and is located in Rajasthan. This miniature city is famous for Pushkar Fair of the trading of camels, the Lord Brahma Temple and a scenic lake. The city is positioned at a distance of 11 kms from Ajmer, a vital city of the state Rajasthan. Pushkar houses as many as 400 temples and 52 Ghats, which includes the only temple into the country that is dedicated to Lord Brahma. People from all over the country visit the city of Pushkar to visit the Brahma temple and to become the part of the cattle fair held every year.
Major Attractions in the city
Brahma Temple : This is the main valued holy place in Pushkar that happen to be the only temple dedicated to The Lord Brahma, worshipped as the inventor of the cosmos. According to legend, Brahma performed a Yagya here when a lotus fell from his hands here and resulted in the formation of the Pushkar Lake.
Varah Temple : The holy place is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has an icon of Vishnu in his fifth incarnation of untamed boar; built by the King Anaji Chauhan. According to myth, Lord Vishnu came to earth to kill the demon Hirnayaksh; who had stolen the Vedas and then took the shape of wild boar.
Savitri Temple : This temple is devoted to the Goddess Savitri, one of Brahma's wives, and is located on the highest hill above the Pushkar town. Climb the steps to reach the temple which offers a panoramic sight of the Pushkar Lake and nearby sand dunes.
Pushkar Lake : The ancient tales say that the falling of lotus flower from the hand of Lord Brahma gave origin to the Pushkar Lake. It is one of the sacred spots of the town; believed that bathing in this lake is equivalent of performing yagnas for years. This mysterious lake with unusual powers has fifty-two bathing Ghats surrounding it. The lake looks magnificent as it encompasses hills on three sides and desert on one; Saint Agasthya cave was positioned here, on the snake mountain. Shakuntalam, the famous Sanskrit drama was played here by the renowned poet Kalidasa.
Other places of interest
Kishangarh : Kishangarh, a princely state ruled by the Rathores is located on National Highway 8. Mamong the attraction here are the Kishangarh fort and the miniature paintings style known as Kishangarh Art. Phool Mahal or Flower Palace, now converted into a hotel is the main attraction inside the fort; also acknowledged for its affluent depot of marbles.
Roopangarh : Roopangarh was constructed in 1648. Initially it was a nine-turreted fort but add-ons were constantly made with variation in the architectural styles to give it a fresh look.
Sambhar Lake : Sambhar Lake which has been declared a wetland of international importance is a great place for excursion. It is a place where horizons stretch to infinity and water and sky merge to present an alluring view. The lake is also an ideal place for the bird watchers and houses approximately 140 species of avifauna.
Ajmer : Ajmer, an important city in the North Rajasthan is situated just 11 km from Pushkar. The Dargah or tomb of the 13th century Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti is the most popular attraction into the city. Among the other attractions are the Anna Sagar Lake, the Nasiyan Temple, and the Arhai Din ka Jhonpra.
How to reach
By Air : The nearest airport is of Jaipur, which is at a distance of 145 kms; regular flights to and fro: Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmadabad, and Aurangabad.
By Rail : Nearest railway station is Ajmer 11 km with direct trains for Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, and other major destinations in the region. Faster trains include Shatabdi Express who links the Ajmer with Delhi.
By Road : Tourism being a significant activity in Pushkar, the convenience is taken care with a fine network of roads; fast and proficient transportation service. Pushkar is linked well with all the major cities via road. The town from Ajmer covers a distance of 14 kms. The distances from other cities include Delhi 403 km; Jaipur 145 km; Udaipur 289 km; Mumbai 285; Agra 377; Jodhpur 214 and Chennai 1992.