Sitting pretty in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, surrounded by the Aravali Hills, is the mystical temple town of Pushkar. The name translates to ‘blue lotus flower’, and you’ll see just why as you set your sights on the four hundred or so blue temples dotting the town’s holy lake. There’s a certain feeling to Pushkar that’s ineffable, it draws you in with its folklore, excites you with its celebrations and leaves you feeling rejuvenated from inside out. Whether you’re planning a trip to Rajasthan or a standalone visit, a Pushkar tour is one you must tick off your bucket list.
You can find Pushkar in a valley about fourteen kilometres from Ajmer, nestled in the Aravalis. A mountain known as Snake Mountain divides the two towns, and the lake is its most important feature. Not just geographically, the lake is mythologically said to be created by Brahma when he dropped a lotus onto the earth at exactly that spot. That’s why a big part of Pushkar tourism is visiting pilgrims.
Like most of Rajasthan, Pushkar experiences arid climatic conditions. Summers are long, hot and dry while the monsoons can be relatively sparse. Winters are considered the best time for Pushkar tourism, as you can always keep warm even on the coldest of nights.
The setting couldn’t be more idyllic, but it’s the culture of Pushkar that makes it such a popular destination with national and international travellers. There are countless temples to tell you tales of their own, palaces that can instantly transport you back in time, raw nature in native flora and fauna, and festivals like the Pushkar Camel Fair that regularly features high on lists of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
A Pushkar tour can be tailor-made for everything from a pilgrimage to sightseeing to backpacking. It just depends on the number of people you’re travelling with and your purpose of visit.
Then, custom itineraries can be crafted to suit your convenience.
From holy sites like Rangji Temple, Pap Mochini Temple and Brahma Temple to the desert where countless camels are brought for trade, or a quaint restaurant overlooking the lake - your tour can cover all of this and more.
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The following are some Pushkar travel tips and do's and don'ts to keep in mind during your Pushkar trip.
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