If you are planning more to seek out from the land that lies in its glittering sand dunes and comforting warm weather, then you must visit the city of Pushkar, also known as the rose garden of Rajasthan!
On the eastern edge of the vast Thar Desert, with a gorgeous backdrop within the Aravalli Hills’ embracing arms, Pushkar is one among the foremost sacred – and atmospheric – towns in India.
The tranquil town with a low population is filled with the charm of the royal era and filled with the utmost devotion to religious devotion from all over the world. The city of Pushkar has its historical mysteries located to the northwest of Ajmer; it is a favoured destination for thousands of devotees, local and international tourists flocking to Rajasthan.
If you are supposing there are not many things to explore than Pushkar Mela held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, then you must be wrong. The famed Pushkar camel fair isn’t all there is to this Rajasthan region.
When you visit there, you’ll find that town buzzes with history, markets, architecture, old marble quarries, ancient walls, Ghats, and temples. Being a nomadic soul, you can expect a lot more to explore away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
You’ll encounter the town full of travel smugglers from almost every corner of the globe in a search for emotions to capture on camera.
If you are a first time visitor to this town, the first thing that will catch your attention is the pleasant fragrance of roses. The essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world. It is surprising for most travellers to know that in the desert state of Rajasthan, Pushkar grows more roses every year than any other part of India!
The city of Pushkar is a complete teleportation from the urbane life to a rustic one, from an economy that survives on cars to one where camels form an essential part. Everywhere you’ll turn, you could hear holistic music, rustic hue, the smell of famous kachori and jalebi, the rare sight of dunes, camels, hills, lake and forests, temples, aarti, celebrations, all at one place, can be found in this beautiful little town.
Pushkar is everything that most Indian cities do not resemble; it is sleepy, calm, generous and charming; taking you out of your cocoon into a world unknown, making it a favourite destination among international travellers.
According to the legends and Hindu scripture Padma Purana, Lord Brahma, believed to be the creator of the Universe, dropped three petals from the lotus he carried to the ground leading to the immediate creation of lakes. The three petals fell on the ground at three places where springs emerged, creating three lakes:
- The Pushkar Lake or Jyeshta Pushkar (greatest or first Pushkar)
- The Madya Pushkar (middle Pushkar) Lake
- Kanishta Pushkar (lowest or youngest Pushkar) lake
Other stories also revolve around a tale that claims the Lord Brahma was cursed by Devi Savitri (His wife) for being married a tribal girl in Pushkar to perform yagna at the main Pushkar lake because she could not be present at the designated time to perform the essential part of the yagna.
The city of flowers is one of the five dhams admired by Hindu, and the other four dhams are Puri, Badrinath, Dwarka and Rameshwaram.
This blissful site has been mentioned in Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata as the Adi Tirtha.
Regardless of legendary tales, the town and people have grown around the sacred lake and is home to 21,440 people, 400 temples over 50 ghats.
Heaven For Laid Back Traveller
Worth it! This place is heaven to laid back travellers who are trying to find a balance somewhere between the serenity of the place and the ordered chaos of a small cultural town.
The hills and earthy soil feels like magic unfolded where three lakes shine like the brightest star in Earth’s night sky. Where you’ll make your way to the hotel from dust & haze through the narrow passageway of morning markets and touristy town; feels like waking up to a beautiful dream.
But not for a moment you should think that this town is not meant for a secular traveller.
Some people might feel hassle, and others might feel peace among the beautiful chaos of the town. The town is so unique in Rajasthan, considered the biggest state in India, that you could not miss it from your itinerary.
Main Focus Of Town's Devotion
The answer lies in one word: Brahma, the god of creation, Veda, knowledge and people. Known as the creator of the universe and supreme being. The city of Pushkar is believed to be the home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world. But many have been built in different states. But legend says, and it is getting covered among travellers.
There are 400 pastel blue temples & 52 ghats surrounding the main lake of Pushkar.
The ambience covered in pastel blue colours create a feeling of earthiness & sophistication. Especially it makes a traveller feel earthly, light, soft and calm.
Walking down the ghats, you’ll continuously listen to the melodic sound of chanting, drumming & incense-filled puja.
Divine Time In Pushkar
While the evening sky fills with the gold of the setting sun, the lake looks gorgeous with numerous floating diyas. You can attend evening aarti in Varah Ghat, surrounded by pastel-colored temples, houses and valleys.
Note: The best time to experience the diversity of culture along with the spirituality of Pushkar is in October or November during Kartikye Purnima.
When is the Pushkar Camel Fair in 2021: The Pushkar Fair will be held from November 11 to 19. And in 2022, the Pushkar Fair will be held from November 1 to 8.
Food Trail To Pushkar Snacks & Street Food
The sheer variety of snacks and street food will alone make your trip worth every penny spent.
The best-kept secrets of Pushkar’s flavours are halwais, paratha wallas and food folks whose lives revolve around serving delicacy to people visiting their town for experientialism.
You must try the famous food items during your visit to this beautiful small township: kachori, samosa, malpua, falafel rolls, poha, paranthas, jalebi, and lassi.
There are many other things to taste that are good but are not as popular for a refreshing treat as the famous food items.
Some friendly warnings for Pushkar
Pushkar is considered sacred, so many of the rules that apply in India’s religious sites apply in the city as a whole.
Alcohol, meat or egg consumption is not allowed within 2 km of Brahma Temple, so we do not recommend taking alcohol with you when visiting the city.
Dress appropriately, especially when visiting ghats or temples.
When visiting the Ghats, ensure that you take off your shoes and avoid photographing the bathers.
It is worth noting that you will find genuine priests at the lakeside and Brahma Temple that traditionally live off the donations from visitors, so if you want to contribute, use the donation boxes dotted around the ghats temples.
As in any Indian city, watch out for strangers and dodgy people passing by and trying to start a conversation. They will often be too polite to offer you a specific show or to help you find your way around the lakeshore. If you feel uncomfortable in such a situation, say no. These people often work with shops or agencies to earn a commission or try to intimidate you into paying a fee.
Rajasthan can be chaotic, crazy, dirty and busy but the city of Pushkar makes you forget all that. It’s a moment of calm on your holiday adventure! Don’t be surprised if this place makes you want to stay for longer than planned, it has that way about it.
If you visit this peaceful little city of Brahma, it will stay with you forever.