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Population: 14,789 (2001)
Located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, Pushkar is one of the most ancient cities in India. Pushkar is home to one of the few Brahma temples in the world. It is also one of the five sacred dhaams or revered pilgrimage centers and is often referred to as tirth- raj, literally translates as ‘the king of pilgrim sites’. Over the years, Pushkar has emerged as one of the most popular destinations among tourists not just from India, but also from abroad.
Pushkar is also known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’ because the flower is grown extensively in and around the town and exported worldwide.It isn’t difficult to fall in love with Pushkar’s tranquility, its spiritual ambiance, its winding lanes and its colorful fairs.
Pushkar fair is one of the world’s largest livestock and camel fairs every year.
Pushkar fair continues for five days and these five days are a period of relaxation and merry-making for the villagers. This fair time is the most busy time for them, as this is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country. Animals, including over 50,000 camels, are brought from miles around to be traded and sold. Trading is brisk as several thousand heads of cattle exchange hands. All the camels are cleaned, washed, adorned, some are interestingly shorn to form patterns, and special stalls are set up selling finery and jewellery for the camels. Camels at the Pushkar fair are decorated with great care. They wear jewellery of silver and beads. There are silver bells and bangles around their ankles that jangle when they walk. An interesting ritual is the piercing of a camel’s nose. It has more than 400 temples including the only one temple in India dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe.
According to Hindu religion, after visiting all the Hindu pilgrim towns and temples (Four Dhams), if Pushkar is not visited for worship, then salvation is not achieved. According to the Hindu calendar Pushkar Fair commences in Nawami (ninth day of fortnightly phases of moon) and ends in Purnima (Full Moon) in the month of Kartika (October or November according to the lunar calendar). In Pushkar, one of the biggest Cattle Fair is also held for trading purposes and the best cattle in all categories are awarded. Countless people in their colourful attire gather to take a dip in the Holy Lake and pray to the deities. The whole town comes alive with vibrant folk music and dances, magic shows, horse and camel races and various other traditional entertainment competitions.Pushkar, with more than 12 local fairs and festivals of 10–15 days duration is a year round destination. It is a mellow town by the great lake of Pushkar amidst the perfume of jasmine and rose flowers. About 4,000 to 6,000 visitors from all over the world come to Pushkar everyday.
Best places To stay in Pushkar
Pushkar has hotels to suit every budget. The room tariffs vary according to the time you visit Pushkar — discounted during the off season and hiked during the Pushkar fair.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN PUSHKAR
Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and Continental are the cuisines widely served by the restaurants in Pushkar. Non vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly prohibited here as it is a pilgrim place.
Best Time To Visit Pushkar
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Pushkar is as given below. The best time to visit Pushkar is also specified.
Pushkar fair is organized on October / November, which celebrated with vigor by locals. Every year the fair gathers thousands of travelers. Pushkar Camel fair is a traditional event in Rajasthan with activities such as musical events and cultural activities, thrilling camel safari tours and staying in the traditional camps.
The fair sole aim of trading cattle includes horses, cows, goats, sheep, camels etc, it is a show for public displays. Once the trading is completed, they decked up the animals with dazzling ornaments and beautiful clothes for public displays.
Puskar Fair 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Rajasthan Fair and Festival 19-25 Nov 08-14 Nov 28-Oct-1Nov 15-23 Nov 4-12 Nov
How to reach Puskar
The nearest airport from Pushkar is Sanganer Airport at Jaipur at distance of 146 km (91 mi). Jaipur is well connected with all the major cities in India.
The Pushkar is connected with Ajmer by Pushkar road which goes through aravalli range. The mountain portion road which separate Pushkar from Ajmer City is locally known as Pushkar Ghati. Pushkar is 11 km (6.8 mi) from Ajmer. The govt. transportation commonly controlled by Rajasthan Roadways, however the significant share of the transportation is controlled by private transportation services.
Pushkar railway station started operations in January 2012 and connects to the nearest large railway station, Ajmer. Ajmer railway junction is connected to almost all cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Indore, Kanpur, Lucknow, Patna, Bhopal, Trivandrum and Cochin.
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