Pushkar is in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan and is a very holy place centred around a lake. It might not suit all travellers tastes when it is absolutely mobbed during the annual Camel Fair, but it has a special magic particularly down at the holy lake at sundown. It is a meat, egg and alcohol free zone officially, but there are some nice rooftop vegetarian cafes and restaurants to browse.
Probably the downside is that drugs are readily available to supply the certain kind of backpacker scene. I suppose this is an upside for some people too! The lake is circled by many temples and ghats where the locals and pilgrims from afar gather at the waters edge to take 'puja'or bathe. There is a near contant cycle of worship and celebration around the lake. It can be a bit hectic at times for tourists who are cajoled and often bullied to pay large sums to make a blessing at the lake. Just go with the flow and play the game, only donate what you want to donate and then you will receive your 'Pushkar Passport':a red thread wound around your wrist to show that you have been through the almost compulsory ritual. Only then will you be able to fend off others trying to persude you to take puja and your transit around the lake will become easier.
Perhaps the real bonus is that it is somewhere that you can largely explore on foot. You can do a complete circle around the lake if, you follow the right route, which is so beautiful in some lights and extremely atmospheric in the early morning.
Pushkar is a strange and exotic mix of mostly Hindu pilgrims, Sadhus, 'camel men', hippie style back-packers. Cows, pigs, goats and dogs and perhaps the odd peacock or donkey will also roam the streets. In Pushkar as in other parts of Rajasthan, you get that lovely contrast of neon-bright saris and turbans against blue-washed and white-washed buildings and almost glowing in contrast against the desert colours.
The camel men have such character with their big curly moustaches and turbans, with surprisingly white dhotis revealing brown legs and curly toed camel leather slippers.The camels have alot of personality too! You can easily book a short sunset camel safari locally. It can be great fun just trying to get on and off your camel with some dignity and it is possible to get a little taste of the desert and climb a decent sand dune too. If you don't have the time to head all the way out to Jaisalmer this gives you a taste of camel trekking without having to get blisters where you really do not want them!
If it is not too hot you can while away hours on the streets, at the market stalls and small shops and cafes. Perhaps have a go at some yoga or just retreat to a roof top to watch the constant procession of colourful people and creatures.
Pushkarfestival - one of the biggest camel fairs in the world.
Thousands of people during this day go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes place and where livestock livestock, including camels, cows, sheep and goats, is sold. A camel race marks the start off the festival, and music, songs and exhibitions are held throughout the day.
Although the dates of Pushkar Fair depend upon the movement of the moon, traditionally it mostly falls in November.
It falls on the day of Poornima (full moon night) in the month of Karthika. On this day, according to legend, the Hindu god Brahma sprung up the lake, so thousands of Hindu devotees take dip in the Pushkar lake, washing away the sins. The water of the lake is believed to have healing properties.
|Chacha's Garden||Pushkar 305022, Ajmer (Raj)||Guesthouse||80|
|Pushkar Fort||Motisar Road, Ganahera, Pushkar, India Data Farm , Lohagal, Ajmer||Hostel||-|
|Sajjan Bagh Resort||Vamdev Road Nala Pushkar opposite Local Bus Stand||Hotel||-|
|The Pushkar Bagh||Motisar Link Road Ganahera||Hostel||-|
|Atithi Guesthouse||Near Sin.Boy.High.School Choti Basti Pushkar||Guesthouse||80|
|Akash Hotel||Near Brahma Temple Badi Basti||Hotel||87|
|Green Park Resort||Vam dev Road,Near Gurudwara, pushkar||Hostel||77|
|Hotel LakeView||Hotel LakeView Sadar Bazar||Hotel||81|
|Pushkar Villas Resort||Punch Kund Road||HOTEL||78|
|Hotel Raj Shree||Opp. City Power House Near RTDC Village, Nagaur Road PUSHKAR (Raj.) Distt. Ajmer||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Gulaab Niwaas Palace||Parikarama Marg District - Ajmer||Hotel||-|
|Raghav Resort||Panday nursery farm near bus stand & main road||Hotel||75|
|Pushkar Lake Palace||situated on pushkar lake ,spiritual walk way (Pari connected with outer ring road||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Prem Villas||Panch Kund Road, Pushkar, Ajmer Rajasthan||Hotel||-|
|Hotel New Park Pushkar||Panchkund Road||Hotel||-|
|The Third Eye||jamni kund road||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Kanhaia Haveli||Near Mali Mandir, Choti Basti||Hotel||73|
|Hotel Peacock Holiday Resort||Panch Kund Road||Hotel||73|
|Hotel Everest||Near Gau Ghat, Badi Basti||Guesthouse||87|
|Keshav Palace||Behind Boys High School Keshar Nagar||HOTEL||85|
|Hotel Oasis||near the lake, choti basti||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Shree Palace||Near Marwar Bus Stand||Apartment||-|
|Ramkuti Guest House||Near Hanuman Temple Tower Ajmer Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hillview Pushkar Hotel||Near Higher Secondary School Pushkar - 305022||HOTEL||75|
|Hotel Mama Luna||Bari Mohall, Badi Basti, Near Brahm Chowk||HOTEL||-|
|Pushkar Village Camp Resort||Behind Mango Tree Restaurent Panchkund Road Push||CAMPSITE||-|
|Orchard Hospitality||Chawandia Road, Ganahera Villa Rajasthan||Campsite||-|
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