Pushkar, meaning born from a flower, is one of the oldest cities in India with its history dating back to the legends associated with Lord Brahma. Situated 11 km North West of Ajmer, it is one of the five sacred dhams and is often called "Tirth Raj" - the king of pilgrimage sites.
In recent years, Pushkar has become a popular destination for foreign tourists because of the numerous temples it harbors. Lying on the shores of Pushkar Lake, it has five principal temples, many smaller ones, and 52 Ghats where pilgrims come to bathe in its sacred waters from across the subcontinent.
Despite primarily being a religious destination, Pushkar's various shopping areas are known for their unique charm. Pushkar occupies an important position in Rajasthan as a source of souvenirs, with textiles, clothes with elaborate embroidery, ethnic jewelry (nullwhich is a specialty of Rajasthan), alluring miniature paintings, leather goods, lovely brass utensils, mesmerizing puppets and pottery being the favorite items for the tourists. Some of the major shopping areas in Pushkar are Sarafa Bazar, Baza Bazar and Kedalganj bazaar.
At the time of Pushkar fair, one can purchase various items like beads, brass utensils, lovely colorful bangles, leather goods, unique embroidered clothes, camel covers, and much more from the many craftsmen and women who converge on the town.
Standing calm on the banks of the glittering Pushkar Lake is this ancient temple. Dedicated to the Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe and the townâs presiding deity, this 14th century temple easily stands out from the four hundred other lakeside temples. It has the distinction of being the oldest Brahma temple in the world, as well as the only one dedicated exclusively to him. The templeâs white steps lead up from the lake, and past the majestic white gates, devotees enter the inner chamber decorated almost exclusively in silver. Locked on three sides by the Aravalli hills, a visit to the temple is de rigueur for all visitors to Pushkar, whether you are a pilgrim or a history buff.
A small town, barely 5 square kilometers in area, Pushkar is set picturesquely amid a valley, closed in by hills on three sides and lonesome sand dunes on one. A winding hilly road connects Pushkar with Ajmer and the rest of Rajasthan. It is situated at an average elevation of 510 meter (null feet), where the climate is predictably extreme.
Pushkar has a hot and sultry climate. Summer (nullMarch to June) is scorching and the mercury level rises up to 40°C (null ° Fahrenheit). The minimum summer temperature is 25°C (null ° Fahrenheit). Winter (nullNovember to February) is pleasant. During this season, temperature ranges between a maximum 22°C (null ° Fahrenheit) and minimum 8°C (null.7 ° Fahrenheit). Monsoons (nullJuly to September) offer average rainfall and are very humid. The best time to visit is between October to March, when the temperature is pleasant enough for day time sightseeing.
Surface - Ajmer houses the nearest bus station, which is only 11 kilometers (null.8 miles) from Pushkar. It has two bus stands: the Marwar bus stand is situated to the north of the town, by the post office, and has buses from some long distance places including Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner. The second, Ajmer bus stand is located east of Pushkar town and offers bus services to Ajmer and Jaipur. Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur every 15 minutes, some nonstop. The roads are very good, and it takes around 3 hours from Jaipur.
You can just as easily hire a private car and drive down to Pushkar. National Highway 8 leads straight from Jaipur to Ajmer, where you can turn off and take NH89. The condition of the highway is good and the traffic fast. Taxis are also available for hire.
Train - Ajmer is the nearest railway station, which is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India. There are daily trains from Delhi in the morning (nullShatabdhi Express) and direct trains from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bangalore as well. The station is also well-connected with major destinations in Rajasthan.
Air - There are no direct flights to Pushkar. The nearest airport is located in Jaipur, which is 131 kilometers (null.3 miles) away. Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Recently, international flights to have been allowed at Jaipur airport. Tourists can expect easier connectivity as the connectivity of international destinations is set to improve.