Sitting on the edge of the desert and clinging to the side of a small lake, Pushkar is an ancient Rajasthani town considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred places in India. Life in Pushkar is significantly related to the ancient lake. Legend has it the lake was formed when a lotus flower fell into the valley from the hands of Brahma, the creator god in the Hindu religion. It is said that the waters have special curative powers. As such, Pushkar has nearly 500-whitewashed temples and 52 bathing ghats surrounding the lake, which are often packed with pilgrims and sadhus.Read More
Each ghat is named after an event or person. Primary amongst them is Gau Gaht, where visiting ministers and politicians come to worship, and from which the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were sprinkled. In addition to the magical pools, Pushkar is known for its temples, the most famous of which being the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. Meanwhile, Brahma Ghat marks the spot where Brahma himself is said to have worshipped.
During the auspicious full-moon phase of Kartik Purnima in approximately October/November, the lake’s waters are believed to cleanse the soul of all impurities, drawing believers from all over the nation. A further draw of Pushkar is its annual Camel Fair, which also falls during the full-moon phase of Kartik Purnima. This massive congregation of camels, livestock traders, pilgrims, sadhus and tourists is an incredibly colourful event and one that is well worth seeing if you happen to be passing through the region.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Pushkar
If you are planning a Pushkar holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
The Greenhouse is a luxury tented boutique property with a range of tents, from Superior to Premier and Suite. The interior of the spacious tents are stylishly decorated with a neutral palette of colours and encompass all manner of modern comforts. The restaurant serves delicious local dishes, made using a variety of fresh vegetables, picked from the hotel's very own garden. There is also a spa where guests can indulge in a rejuvenating treatment. The resort is located just on the outskirts of Pushkar town.
Pushkar Resort Pushkar
The Pushkar is a warm, family managed hotel and a tranquil oasis set in 15 acres of gardens. Each cottage is constructed from local, authentic stonework and provides an exceptionally high level of comfort, topped off with quaint patchwork furnishings. In the restaurant, guests can treat themselves to a range of cuisines from Asia and Europe. A variety of different and massages are also available in the spa. The hotel is 4 km from Pushkar town, at the edge of desert.
Pushkar Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Pushkar.