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Pushkar is a town in the district of Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan. Pushkar is famous for the Pushkar Camel Fair held annually. The town is said to be an ancient town. The town has several temples making it a popular pilgrim centre for Hindus all over the country. The town has a rich heritage and culture as rich is its history. It was again and again besieged by the Muslim rulers which destroyed its temple and prosperity. Yet the town today is hold its glory as it was in the ancient times. The region has warm climate. The best time to visit the place is between November and February. Another reason for the popularity of the town is the Brahma temple situated here. According to a popular belief a lotus fell from the hands of Lord Brahma on earth. From this lotus a water body was formed. Thus he named the place Pushkar after the lotus that fell here.
Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the reasons for the popularity of the town. The fair is held annually as is one month long. The fair is held in the month of Karthik according to the Hindi calendar that is somewhere from late Oct to end of Nov in the English calendar. The fair is one of the major livestock exchange and pilgrimage fair in the country. Today it is one of the prime tourist attractions of India. The fair also includes cultural events and festivities. Several activities like bridal competition, longest moustache, camel races etc. are held during the fair. Handicraft and local food stalls are also a speciality of the fair.
The region has a unique and colourful culture. The traditions of the old are till today reflected in the life> ancient culture. The region has rich music and dance > and more often than not revolve around the day to day happenings. The musical instruments include dholak, sitar, manjeera etc. the region has various dance forms like Ghoomar, Kachchhighori, Kalbeliya and others. Ghoomar is the most popular of all. The region is also known for Tamasha (puppet show).
What to eat
The food in the region is mouth-watering. More than 70% of the region has vegetarian diet and this cuisine is favourite even of the non-vegetarian lovers. The traditional dishes of the region include Dal, Baati, Choorma, Gatte ki sabji, Bajre ki Khichdi and more. Several snacks of Rajasthani origins are famous like Kachori, Bhujiya and others. The sweets of the region are worth tasting. You miss on something amazing if you don’t try out these sweet such as Malpua, Mawa, Ghewar and others.
Where to go
Jagatpita Brahma temple is one of the few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma all around the world. The temple is one of the main attractions of the town. Every year the temple is visited by over 1lakh pilgrims from all over the world. The temple is said to be over 2000 yrs. old. Its original construction as the popular belief is credited to Sage Vishwamitra, and there have been several renovations since then. The temple dates to 14thc CE. Pushkar Lake is very close to the temple is considered to be sacred. It is believed to have formed from the lotus that Lord Brahma dropped here. The lake dates back to the 4thc BCE. Several efforts by the kings of Bundi, Jaisalmer, Ajmer and other places have been taken to restore and maintain the lake. Taking a dip in the lake is considered to be holy. The lake as over 52 Ghats for prayers, dips and funeral etc. I t is said that taking a dip in the lake would enable the devotee to gain freedom from the sins committed and also cure skin diseases. Desert Safari is a must if you are in Pushkar. The safari is done on camel back and known as Camel Safari. It is the most popular activity along with pilgrimage in the town. There are camps set in the desert for tourists where various cultural event take place. Other places to visit include Varaha Temple, Savitri Temple, Rangji Temple, Mahadev Temple and others.
How to reach
Pushkar does not have an airport of its own. The airport at Jaipur is the closest airport to the town. There are regular flights to Jaipur from places like Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Ahmadabad etc. From the airport taxi and bus is easily available to reach the town. The railway station at Pushkar is well connected to stations all over the state. The station of Ajmer is the closest to Pushkar which receives regular trains from Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai etc. Pushkar is well connected to nearby towns and cities and also major cities of other states via road. There are regular bus services to Pushkar from places like Jodhpur, Ahmadabad, Jaipur, Udaipur, Indore, Ajmer, Delhi, Kota, Mumbai etc. four wheelers is also a good option to go to Pushkar.
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