idyllic township housing the sacred lake of Pushkar, lies
11 km from Ajmer. Pushkar is separated from Ajmer, by the
Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain). This beautiful lake surrounded
by bathing ghats, has its religious significance, rooted in
a myth. A lovely and gigantic fair is held every year, on
Kartik Poornima (full moon in October-November when the Pushkar
Fair is also held). About 1,00,000 pilgrims gather here, to
take a dip in the holy lake. The fair is also the biggest
camel market. Besides camels, horses and bullocks are also
traded here. The colourfully dressed people enhance the exuberant
mood of the fair. Pushkar abounds in temples, the special
attraction being, the temple of Lord Brahma, the only temple
in India, dedicated to Brahma.
This somewhat somnolent town, reverberates with hectic activity
during the festivities. Extensive arrangements are made to
cope with the large attendance. A host of cultural programmes
are staged to enthrall the audience. The biggest draws of
the events, are the cattle auction and the camel race. Puppet
shows are the other major crowd - pullers.
Places to visit
This is a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma's first wife. It
is located on the hill behind the Brahma temple, and one has
to climb a long series of steps to reach the destination.
It gives a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding sand
Built by Raja Man Singh I of Amer, the palace stands on the
banks of the Pushkar, and is now known as the RTDC Hotel Sarovar,
the most convenient place for visitors to stay.
How to Get There
Air : Jaipur (146 km) is
the nearest airport.
Rail : Ajmer (11 km) is the
RTDC Hotel Sarovar, Peacock Holiday Resort (Tel : 72093),
Hotel Pushkar Palace (Tel : 72001)