Lake (11 km)
The lake, situated on the edge of the desert and surrounded
by hills on three sides, is separated from Ajmer by ‘Nag Pahar’
– the snake mountain. On this mountain the Panchkund and the
cave of saint Agastya are located. It is believed that Kalidasa,
the 4th century Sanskrit poet and playwright, chose the setting
for his masterpiece ‘Abhigyana Shakuntalam’ in this forest
According to legend, the origin of Pushkar dates back to the
time when Lord Brahma was on his way in search of a tranquil
land to perform a ‘Yagna’. A lotus fell from the hand of the
Lord into this valley. A lake sprang up on this spot and was
dedicated to him. A Brahma temple located here is a popular
place of pilgrimage.
It is one of the most colourful fairs of India. Lakhs of pilgrims
throng the lake during the annual cattle fair. Besides trading
of horses, camels, cows and bulls, there are exciting camel-cart
races and cultural events. Clothes, household items and leather
goods are for sale during the fair. On full moon of Kartik
(Nov.) pilgrims take a holy dip in the lake.
Along the banks of the Pushkar Lake is the former residence
of Raja Man Singh I of Amer, Man Mahal. Presently it is converted
to RTDC Sarovar Tourist Bungalow ensuring convenient accommodation
to travelers. Pushkar Palace (Kishangarh House) adjoining
it is a heritage hotel.
Foy Sagar (5 km)
A picturesque artificial lake named after the engineer Foy
who created it under a famine relief project.
How To Get There
Air: Jaipur 132 km is the
Rail: Regular train services
link Ajmer with important cities. Some important train connections
- Gujarat Mail (Mumbai-Ajmer-Delhi Sarai
- Jodhpur Mail (Marwar-Ajmer-Jaipur);
- Delhi Express (Ahmedabad-Ajmer-Jaipur);
- Shatabadi Express (New Delhi-Ajmer-New
Road : A good
network of bus services operate from Ajmer to key destinations
City bus service operates in the city and to Pushkar. Unmetered
taxis, auto-rickshaws, tongas and cycles-rickshaws are also
Where to stay
Hotel Mansingh Palace, Hotel Regency, RTDC Hotel Khadim, Hotel
Shobhraj Hotel, Hindu Hotel, Hotel Anand, Hotel Bhola, Hotel
Malwa, Hotel Payal, Hotel Prithviraj, KEM Rest House, Nagpal
Tourist Hotel, Sancheti Hotel, Hotel Surya, Hotel Paramount,
Hotel Samrat, Hotel Ambassador, Hotel Motimahal, Hotel Aaram.
Railway Retiring Rooms and Dharamshalas.
For details contact
Tourist Reception Centre, RTDC Hotel Khadim (Tel.: 0145-20490)
Savitri College Road, Ajmer (Tel.: 0145-52426).
Other Useful Information
Banks/ Money Changers
Bank of Baroda, Prithviraj Marg, Tel,: 22575; Bank of Bikaner
& Jaipur, Station Road, Tel.: 429646; Bank of India, Kaisarganj,
Tel.: 432153; Mayo College, Tel.: 431424; Central Bank of
India, Tel.: 32496; Punjab National Bank, Prithviraj Marg,
Tel.: 429696; State Bank of India, Near Collectorate, Tel.:
52048. Also, authorized money changers are available in the
J.L. Nehru Hospital, Tel.: 52521.
Ajmer Club, Tel.: 20003.
Tourist Reception Centre
1. Assistant Director, Tourist Reception Centre,
2. Hotel Khadim (RTDC), Tel.: 52426;
3. Tourist Information Counter at Railway Station.
Approved guides may be hired through The Asst. Director, Tourist
Reception Centre, Tel.: 52426.
Important Telephone Numbers
Police Control Room, Tel.: 2100; Roadways (Central bus stand),
Railways Tel.: 131 (Enquiry), 132 (Reservation), General Post
Office; Tel.: 427603.
55.76 sq. km.
38 to 51 cms
Rajasthani, Hindi, Urdu, English, Sindhi.