“A cultural hub with one of
the very few temples for Lord Brahma”
The city of Pushkar is famous as
the “rose garden of Rajasthan” and is full of culture and knowledge. With
vibrant festivals, a culturally active atmosphere and immense beauty, Pushkar
is one of the most popular destinations in Rajasthan, forming its own iconic
image that draws tourists from far and wide. The west winds that hit Pushkar
add a fresh feel to the otherwise heated town, making it suitable for many
activities. Pushkar is also the location of one of the very few temples in the
world dedicated to the Hindu god Brahma and is a prominent pilgrimage site for
Hindus seeking spiritual peace and bliss. As a pilgrimage site, there are many
ghats located in the vicinity that are packed with devotees enjoying the
soothing chants from the nearby temples. With spirituality, culture and charm,
Pushkar is a must-stop destination for tourists.
Pushkar is considered to be
among the oldest cities in the country and for Hindus, it is also important
because it is one of 5 sacred dhams and one of the exceedingly few existing
temples that are devoted to Lord Brahma is located here. The Pushkar annual
Camel Fair also brings the city great name and is held in November each year.
Interestingly, Pushkar is among the few tourist spots in Rajasthan that has not
gained fame for a fort, instead, drawing tourists for its numerous temples.
Despite Pushkar being a religious and spiritual destination, it also has a
relaxed and chilled-out feel. There are multiple cafes that are perfect for
lounging and observing the small-town life in the city, and also offer
mouthwatering, vegetarian Indian food. However, visitors are advised to respect
the deep spiritual and religious significance of Pushkar and observe the local
traditions by not consuming non-vegetarian food items or liquor in or close to
More on Pushkar
Shopping In Pushkar
destination for those fond of shopping, Pushkar is known for the bustling
shopping stops around the city. There are numerous stores and emporiums where
you can explore and shop for Rajasthan’s traditional handicrafts, ethnic
jewellery, and especially the leather studded kundans that are a staple for
locals. The top markets in Pushkar include the baza bazaar, Brahma temple
market and Sarafa bazaar that offer items at affordable prices. Apart from the
typical style malls in the city areas, on the outskirts of the town, there are
rural markets where you can shop for rare traditional handicrafts such as hand
embroidery, miniature paintings and mirror work.
Ghats In Pushkar
There are over 50
Ghats in the city of Pushkar and the ghats are believed to hold impressive
purifying and healing abilities. When visiting Pushkar, the trip would often be
thought incomplete without visiting the ghats and taking a dip. The Kartik
Poornima evenings are especially considered auspicious for visiting the ghats.
The ghats include the Gau ghat, Kota ghat, Yag ghat, Varaha ghat, Gangaur ghat
and Karni ghat, however, the most visited ghat is the Brahma ghat where many
pujas and rituals take place.
Fairs and Festivals in Pushkar
If Rajasthan is the
land for festivals, then Pushkar is at its heart. Many national/international
fairs take place in Pushkar, the most famous of which is the week-long Pushkar
Fair that takes place in late October or early in the month of November. The
Pushkar Fair features a vast range of stalls selling traditional Rajasthani
products such as fabrics, décor and food items. An extensive cattle and camel
market is also set up.
event held in Pushkar around the same time is the International Hot Air Balloon
Festival, which draws fans from across the world. The pleasant weather makes
the environment even more suitable for festivals and fairs. As a considerably
religious city, Pushkar celebrated religious festivals with great aplomb,
including Diwali, Holi, Dussehra and Teej, all of which are celebrated with
much enjoyment and revelry, offering tourists an opportunity to glimpse the
life in Pushkar.
Restaurants and Local Food in Pushkar
Pushkar may be a
relatively small-sized town, but it has a lot to offer foodies. Restaurants in
Pushkar present a variety of cuisines ranging from Chinese to Italian, while
local food joints have street food options and other popular food items at
reasonable prices. Top dishes to try while in Pushkar are the Lassi, Malpua,
Dal Baati Choorma, Pha and Dal Chaat.
As Pushkar has many
temples and typically has many religious activities, meat products and alcohol
are both prohibited.
Cafes in Pushkar
Apart from the
restaurants and street food, Pushkar also has a vibrant café culture, with
cafes or coffee houses available on nearly every corner, offering hot drinks
and light snacks. The Funky Monkey Café, located close to the Mahavir Chowk is
famous for the great food as well as the panoramic views of the city skyline
visible from the café. The Coffee Temple is popular for its outdoor seating
where you can enjoy the pleasant weather and tasty food. The Nirvana Café and
Pizzeria is a great hangout to spend time at and have food or even have food
packed to take away. Café Lake View has restaurant-style seating on the terrace
and offers a combination of traditional and modern style food.
Arrive in Pushkar city either by road or rail and settle down in your hotel. Explore the streets of the city and try out the local food and flavours, such as the ladoos, mohan maas, ker sangri, Daal bati churma, and sohan halwa. Also try out a few of the several street markets where you can buy souvenirs, Rajasthani style fabrics, décor, and food items such as masalas or pickles. Once the evening sets in, adventure out into the villages that surround the Pushkar city on a jeep, or a tractor or even with on a camel. These forms of transport will take you into the actual desert where you can view the sand dunes and enjoy the mesmerizing sights of the setting sun.
On the second day, travel to the Pushkar Lake and visit the ghats built at different moments in history. Along the banks of the Pushkar Lake, check out the Brahma Temple and the Man Mahal. In the evening, enjoy some local Rajasthani food and traditional folk dances, both of which are offered by local resorts, and you can even try your own hand at dancing.