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Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India. Located to the northwest of Ajmer, the tranquil city of Pushkar is a favoured destination for thousands of tourists and devotees flocking to Rajasthan. Situated at a height of 510 metres, Pushkar is surrounded by hillocks on three sides. The ‘Nag Pahar’, literally meaning Snake Mountain forms a natural border between Ajmer and Pushkar.

It's set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins.

Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer at an average elevation of 510 m (1,670 ft) and is one of the five sacred dhams for devout Hindus. According to Hindu theology, the pond at the Katas Raj Temples near Choa Saidan Shah in Chakwal District of Pakistan has a theological association with Shiva; it was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva which he is believed to have shed after the death of his wife, Sati. The story goes that when Sati died, Shiva cried so much and for so long, that his tears created two holy ponds – one at Pushkara in Ajmer in India and the other at Ketaksha, which literally means raining eyes, in Sanskrit. It is from this name that the word Katas is derived. It is often called "Tirth Raj" – the king of pilgrimage sites – and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists.Pushkar is one of the oldest existing cities of India. It lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. The date of its actual origin is not known, but legend associates Brahma with its creation.

Pushkar has many temples. Most of the temples are not very old because many temples were destroyed during Muslim conquests in the area.Subsequently, the destroyed temples were rebuilt. The most famous among all is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century CE. Very few temples to Lord Brahma exist anywhere in the world. Other temples of Brahma include Bithoor in Uttar Pradesh, India; Khedbrahma in Gujarat, India; village Asotra near Balotra city of Barmer district in Rajasthan; Uttamar Kovil (one of the Divya Desams) near Srirangam, Tamil Nadu; Carambolim near Valpoi in Goa, Mother Temple of Besakih in Bali, Indonesia; and Prambanan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Pushkar lake has 52 ghats where pilgrims descend to the lake to bathe in the sacred waters.Pushkar is also famous for its annual fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) held in October to November for a period of seven days .

Pushkar is one of the most ancient cities of India. Located in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district in midst of Aravali range, Pushkar is often called tirtha-raj, which literally means the king of pilgrim sites. It is also among the five pilgrim sites or dhams for people following Hinduism. There are several temples in Pushkar and the most famous temple is the Brahma temple, which is one of the few temples dedicated to Brahma in the world. Pushkar is also famous for the Pushkar Lake, which has 52 ghats. Pilgrims from across the country visit the lake to take a dip in its holy water. The sacred Pushkar Lake resounds with the chants and hymns from the 400 blue colored temples located on its banks. Pushkar is also called ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, because of the flower farming in and around the city. These flowers are exported across the world. Surrounded by hills, Pushkar is a popular destination among the devotees and tourists alike. In the recent years, Pushkar has become one of the most famous tourist destinations among Indian as well as international tourists.


In Sanskrit, Pushkar means blue lotus flower. Pushkar has an interesting history. According to legends, Brahma found Purshkar to be ideal for his Mahayagna. Soon he found out about Vajranash, a demon, who was killing people of the town. Brahma killed the demon by chanting a mantra on a lotus flower. Few parts of the lotus fell on three sites in Pushkar and these places were later called Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanishtha Pushkar. To protect Pushkar from demons, a yagna was performed by Brahma. For performing the yagna, Brahma’s consort, Savitri, was required. However, she was not present there and Brahma married a girl called Gayatri from Gurjar community to complete his yagna. Enraged by the news of Brahma’s wedding, Savitri cursed that people would worship Brahma only in Pushkar. The Pushkar temple still has a Gurjar priests known as Bhopas. The town was under the Rajputana Agency in 1901 and had 3,831 residents.

According to legend, Brahma was in search of a place for Mahayagna and he found this place suitable. After a long time, Brahma came to known that a demon, Vajranash, was killing people here so the Lord intoned a mantra on a lotus flower and killed the demon. During this process the parts of flower fell on three places which were later known as Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar. After this Brahma performed a yagna to protect this place from demons. The consort of Brahma, Savitri, were needed to offer Ahuti for the yagna but she was not there that time so Gayatri, a Gurjar girl, was married to brahma and performned yagna. This act made first wife of Brahma, Savitri, angry and she cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only.

There are still priests from the Gurjar community in Pushkar temple, known as Bhopas.It is also the venue of the annual Pushkar Camel Fair.In 1901, the town was part of the Rajputana Agency had a population of 3,831.

state Rajasthan,India
Country India
Area 510 m (1,670 ft)
Languages spoken Marwadi,Rajasthani,Hindi,English
Currency Ruppee

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Places to visits

  • Pushkar Lake

    According to Hindu scriptures, the sacred Pushkar Lake is described as ‘Tirtha Raj’, the king of all pilgrimage sites.

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    No pilgrimage is considered to be complete without a dip in in the holy Pushkar Lake. Semi-circular in shape and about 8-10 metres deep, Pushkar Lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats and over 400 temples and is truly a magnificent sight to behold.

  • Brahma Temple

    Nestled in the picturesque Pushkar valley beyond the Nangaparvat and Anasagar Lake.

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    It is the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. Built with marble and decorated with silver coins, this temple can be identified by its red spire and the image of a swan (considered sacred to Lord Brahma). The chaturmukhi (four faced) idol of Lord Brahma is housed in the inner sanctum. A marble statue of the sun god stands sentinel at the temple. Interestingly, while all the gods are shown bare footed, Surya is shown wearing ancient warrior’s boots.

  • Varaha Temple

    Varaha temple is the largest and the most ancient temple of Pushkar.

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    Constructed by the 12th century ruler, King Anaji Chauhan, this temple is dedicated to the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu as a wild boar. Legend has it that Varaha rescued the earth from depth of the primeval water, where it was dragged down by a demon (Hirnayaksh). It is one of the most visited temples in Pushkar.

  • Savitri Temple

    Dedicated to Lord Brahma's first wife, Goddess Savitri, this temple is situated on a hillock right behind the Brahma temple.

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    While climbing the long series of steps leading to the temple, one can catch a panoramic view of the lake, surrounding temples and sand dunes. The presence of the only Brahma Temple in Pushkar is the outcome of Savitri’s curse to Brahma for marrying another Goddess, Gayatri, while starting his yagna in Pushkar.

  • Gurudwara Singh


    Gurudwara Singh Sabha, situated in the eastern part of Pushkar.

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    Gurudwara Singh Sabha, situated in the eastern part of Pushkar, was built in the beginning of the 19th century to commemorate the visits of the first and the tenth gurus- Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Govind Singhji.

  • Pushkar Cattle Fair

    The annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held at the bank of Pushkar Lake in the town of Pushkar is one of the world's largest camel fairs.

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    Apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction as there are various competitions like "matka phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" which attract thousands of tourists. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow.

  • Rangji Temple

    Rangji temple is a reflection of South Indian architectural style with glimpses of Mughal design as well.

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    It is in the top three temples of Pushkar dedicated to one of the incarnations of Vishnu, Rangji. The temple is a major attraction for south Indian pilgrims.

  • Apteshwar temple

    Dedicated to Lord Mahadev (Shiva), the Apteshwar Temple is actually an underground shrine.

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    One of the most visited temples in Rajasthan, Apteshwar Temple is a perfect blend of splendid architecture and spiritual importance thus attracting both tourists as well as devotees.

  • Merta City

    Merta is an old city. Meerabai, the very famous poetess and devotee of Lord Krishna was born here.

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    This town is a religious hub of Hindus. Charbuja Temple which lies in the city center is a paramount and famous attraction of Merta. It has witnessed numerous battles since it was ruled by Rajputs, Marathas, and Mughals. After one of these battles had taken place, Aurangzeb constructed a mosque over the ruins of the Shiva Temple which is another famous attraction of the site. Merta was a vital kingdom under the reign of Mertia Rathore Rajputs. After some time, Rao Maldeo Rathore of Jodhpur who was the head of the Rathore clan attacked Rao Veeramdev of Merta out of jealousy. Veemramdev joined Sher Shah Suri and asked him to attack Jodhpur. As a result of this attack, Rao Maldeo left Jodhpur along with his army and joined Delhi Sultanate.


  • Dal Bathi Churma

    The trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without having Dal-Bati-Churma.

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    A fusion of three separate food, it is a complete supper in itself. It is most popular food of the pink city. Bati is a heated ball produced using flour which is then dipped in ghee and consumed with the dal. Churma is a flaky sweet dish created using flour that runs with the dish. No Rajasthani merry or wedding menu is finished without this famous food.

  • Ghevar

    Ghevar is one of the sweet dish of Jaipur which is traditionally prepared with the Teej Festival.

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    Ghevar is one of the sweet dish of Jaipur which is traditionally prepared with the Teej Festival. It is disc-shaped, and made from oil, flour and sugar syrup. It is also famous outside of Jaipur. There are many varieties of Ghevar, including plain, mawa and malai ghevar.

  • Pyaz ki Kachori

    Pyaz ki kachori is first originated in Jodhpur and soon went popular all over in Rajasthan.

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    This is an extremely well known morning breakfast of huge number of people groups of Jaipur. Steaming hot fiery Pyaaz ki Kachori, fit as a fiddle are available in most of the namkeen shops of the city. One must try this fresh flaky southern style kachoris. Pyaaz ki kachori is a namkeen served in Rajasthan with Chutney. Ker Sangri

  • Mava Kachori

    Mawa Kachori is an exotic dessert.

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    Mawa Kachori is an exotic dessert. This is a delicacy from state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is known for their rich food and culture. Pastry filled with aromatic mixture of mawa and nuts makes a very festive dessert.


    Gajak of Jaipur has its taste and flavors which you can’t find at whatever other place in India.

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    Gajak is a dry sweet, made of sesame seeds or “til” as they are known in Hindi. It’s “til” cooked in sugar syrup and set in slight layers, that can be put away for a considerable length of time. Here were the most famous food of the Pink City. If you think something is missing here, let us know in the comments.


Things to do -  general

The city of Pushkar assumes subtle grandeur given the rare temples of Lord Brahma, a camel festival and a legend it owes its existence to.

Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India and is one of the five sacred dhams for devout Hindus. It has one of the very few existing devoted temples to Lord Brahma. Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar Camel Fair, held in the month of November. This is one of very few places in Rajasthan you would find which isn't famous because of a fort.


Things to do - Sports and nature

This holy city attracts tourists from far and wide for its many temples. Even though Pushkar is a deeply religious destination, it has become a hipster's paradise in the last few years.

A number of cafes with a relaxed and chilled out vibe serve delicious, authentic vegetarian Indian food, and you can sit and observe the life in small-town rural India, and appreciate Hindu religious traditions. However, one has to be a little sensitive towards the its religious and spiritual significance, respect local norms and keep from consuming meat products or liquor in and a little around Pushkar.


Things to do - Nightlife

The standouts of the food here are Malpua, Poha, Dal Chaat, Dal Bati Choorma and Lassi. and are the must-haves in Pushkar. However since Pushkar is a temple town full of religious activity and festivity, meat and alcohol are strictly prohibited.

Pushkar is a tiny town but full of little surprises in its cuisine. It has restaurants which can offer you a number of cuisines from Italian to Chinese. It only gets better as local, popular and exquisite preparations are available at pretty low prices.