Pushkar Things to Do

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    Market road, Pushkar.

    by pfsmalo Written Jul 7, 2014

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    The main street leading down to the lake is Market road. Most of the shopping you'll need to do can be done here either in shops or on the stalls or ground along the way. Try your bargaining skills with the shopholders, but don't exagerate or you'll get nowhere, they're very hard-nosed here. Plenty of colours on the street too.

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    Around the lake Pushkar.

    by pfsmalo Written Jul 7, 2014

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    About the only thing we found to do in Pushkar was the walk around the lake along the ghats whilst waiting for the sunset. Temples abound on practically all sides and there is also a surprising amount of birds. A bit surprised with the smell of marijuana at the eastern end just in front of the Pushkar Palace. Young and old hippies doing their thing, playing a little music or just listening along, giving out the ipression that what they are doing is brand new.
    Warning : Do not walk on the ghats with your shoes on, this is a sacred place.

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    Brahma Temple:Ten most religious places in world

    by vinod-bhojak Written Apr 16, 2014

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    Brahma Temple, Pushkar
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    Pushkar is said to have over 500 temples (80 are large and the rest are small); of these many are old that were destroyed or desecrated by Muslim depredations during Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's rule (1658–1707) but were re-built subsequently; of these the most important is the Brahma temple. Though the current structure dates to the 14th century, the original temple is believed to be 2000 years old.The temple is described to have been built by sage Vishwamitra after Brahma's yagna. It is also believed that Brahma himself chose the location for his temple. The 8th century Hindu philosopher Adi Shankara renovated this temple, while the current medieval structure dates to Maharaja Jawat Raj of Ratlam, who made additions and repairs, though the original temple design is retained.
    Pushkar is often described in the scriptures as the only Brahma temple in the world, owing to the curse of Savitri, and as the "King of the sacred places of the Hindus. Although now the Pushkar temple does not remain the only Brahma temple, it is still one of very few existing temples dedicated to Brahma in India and the most prominent one dedicated to Brahma. International Business Times has identified Pushkar Lake and the Brahma temple as one of the ten most religious places in the world and one of the five sacred pilgrimage places for the Hindus, in India.
    Once a year, on Kartik Poornima, the full moon night of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik (October – November), a religious festival is held in Brahma's honour. Thousands of pilgrims come to bathe in the holy Pushkar Lake adjacent to the temple. Various rites are also held at the temple during the fair. The day also marks the famous Pushkar Camel Fair, held nearby

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    Mustache Competition at the Pushkar Camel Fair

    by vinod-bhojak Written Dec 16, 2013

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    The mustache has been on the decline in India, traditionally one of its boom markets, in recent years as women have begun to prefer their men with clean-shaven upper lips and Bollywood hunks have sported stubble rather than handlebar mustaches.

    But the mustache competition at the Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the most popular events at the annual festival in Rajasthan, signalling perhaps that the mustache is fighting back.

    Having a full-bodied mustache has long been a symbol of virility and masculinity for Indian men. It was also once an indicator of caste status: the way a mustache was trained (a term used by the Handlebar Club ) to grow — upwards, downwards or across — was a visual sign of a person’s position in society,

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    Puskar Lake

    by vinod-bhojak Written Dec 16, 2013

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    About Pushkar Lake
    Lotus is the birth place of Brahma, the creator of universe. According to Hindu mythology, at the time of beginning of Universe a lotus flower sprang from the navel of lord Vishnu, One of trinity Gods and Brahma took birth from the said lotus. Brahma then threw a lotus flower to select suitable spot for the sacrifice (yajna). Lotus struck at particular place and water spurted from there giving it a shape of pious Pushkar Lake; which is even today revered as the supreme place of pilgrimage for Hindus. Beside pilgrims thousand of foreign tourist visits Pushkar to have a Holy dip in the Holy Lake.

    The holy lake is an attraction by itself at Pushkar and has immense significance for the followers of Hinduism.according to the legends, the consecrated lake formed with the touch of Brahma's louts petal, is belived to have miraculous heading and purifying water.

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    Ghats of Pushkar

    by vinod-bhojak Written Dec 16, 2013

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    The holy lake of Pushkar is surrounded by Ghats where the various religious ceremonies are conducted and taking bath by the Pilgrims visiting Puskar. The 52 Ghats : The most important thing to do in Pushkar is to spend substantial amount of time at the Ghats. An early morning session and an evening sessions are about perfect. There are about 52 ghats around the Pushkar Lake. Gau Ghat, Badri GhatJagannath Ghat, Nagar Ghat, Chir Ghat and many more. The otherwise serene ghats have though one nuisance - the Pandas(The men who perform religious ceremonies). The problem is that most of these are people looking to earn an easy buck with the pilgrims. They will conduct a small Puja and then ask for a fee. If you want to do Puja(worship) otherwise you avoid these Pandas and enjoy the beauty of the lake. One trick is that befriend one of them in the beginning only and tell him that you will see ghats and offer a Puja at the end. In this way, any other Panda that comes to you can be told that you are already booked. I applied this and was left quite at peace most of the time.

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    WALK ROUND THE LAKE

    by davidjo Written Mar 31, 2012

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    HOLY LAKE

    The lake is considered a Holy Place and the locals believe it has been there since the earth was created. There are over 50 Ghats surrounding the lake from where the pilgrims will take a bath, particularly in the month of Karthik. There are many buildings around the lake preventing easy access. Don't forget that smoking, alcohol and meat eating are banned here so be careful not to upset the locals. Dress respectfully and don't wear sleeveless tank tops , best not to wear short too (especially women).

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    CAMEL FAIR

    by davidjo Written Mar 31, 2012

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    If you are around Pushkar late in the year you must attend the Camel Fair which will be held 24th to 27th November this year (2012). I attended it many years ago and it was an exciting experience seeing the 1000s of camels just outside the town. In the olden days people would come as far as Afghanistan to trade their camels Be careful of the beasts as they can give you a nasty bite, many of the handlers have scars to prove it.

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    Panch Kund Shiv Temple

    by toonhut Written Mar 19, 2012

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    From Panchkund

    It is said to be built by the Pandav Brothers, so the idol and five water reservoirs are around 5,000 years old. It is said taking a bath in it will immune you from the poison of snake bites.
    It is 2.5km from the pond through a sometimes dusty track. The way to it starts from the Ajmer Bus stand, and if you are not in the mood to walk you can rent bicycle, motorcycle, or scooter from near the bus stand.

    I'm not sure if it is entirely worth it. Instead you might try the Chamunda temple or Gayatri temple, for which I did not have enough time.

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    Lose calories & gain perspective at Savitri Temple

    by toonhut Written Mar 19, 2012

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    The less-than-one hour ascent up to Savitri Temple is worth it. The steps get ridiculous halfway through but that's part of the fun. Unlike LP's recommendation, you cannot make this climb before dawn because the steps are too precarious even with a little torch.

    Think of the legend as you climb and enjoy the breeze and view once you arrive. Open all day until sunset. Two trails to it start from Brahma temple. Take the one used by cars because it is less dusty.

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    Weird temple rules

    by toonhut Written Mar 19, 2012

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    Gau Ghat

    There are two Rangji temples. The "old one," is 150 years old, houses idols of Krishna, Rukmani, and Satyabhama. The "new one," is 90 years old and houses Vishnu, Mahalaxmi, and Bhulaxmi. The holy water of each place is quite aromatic because I think it is infused with large cardamom and tulsi.

    The crazy rule both these temples have is that "no foreigners allowed inside". What they mean is, no white people. If you're tanned enough, whether you're an Indian citizen or not, you can go inside. In all my travel this is the only place in India that did this. Mad.

    On the other hand (and the reason why I put it in Things To Do) the Brahma temple, the real star attraction of Pushkar, allows everyone inside. So it turns out that the creator of the world loves All its inhabitants. :)

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    Evening prayers and feed the pigeons at the ghats

    by toonhut Written Mar 19, 2012
    After evening arti at Varah ghat.
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    You could join one of the daily evening prayers on the ghats. Everyone is welcome here.

    Varaah Ghat: At around 6:45pm. Less people there. It has a corner view of the pond.
    Gau Ghat: At around 6pm. Bit more people. Center view of the pond.

    In the day at Varaah ghat pay Rs10 to a little stall on the steps and get a plate of grain that you can toss to the pungry pungry pigeons. Pery fun.

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    Walks in and around Pushkar

    by Liatris1 Updated Sep 30, 2011
    Savitri Temple is on the mountain top to the right

    It's nice to stroll around in the streets of Pushkar, looking at temples, bying some clothes or souveniers and relax at one of the cafes and restaurants.

    But you can also do some hiking to the nearest hills.
    The most popular is the one hour hike up Ratnagiri Hill to Savitri Temple.

    Or you can just have a nice view of the hills from one of the roof-tops.

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  • Sky Waltz - Hot Air Ballooning

    by christophersam Written Nov 8, 2010

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    My husband and I have shared many daring ventures together, but this was something really special. What I loved about this ride was the fact that it was both peaceful and exhilarating at the same time.
    We took this ride with Skywaltz Hot Air Ballooning Company. Their Balloon ride Captain was really good. He calmly explained how hot-air balloons function, the safety measures and our probable flight path that morning. I guess that meant it depended on the current wind direction. He aptly told us "Hot air from this propane fuelled burner in the basket fills the balloon, (they call it 'the envelope'). And as everyone knows, hot air rises." Then I saw the giant balloon fill up and we were invited to climb in the basket. With a roar from the burner, and a gentle creaking of the wicker basket we were lifted into air. We went up softly and gently from the ground.
    We saw the first rays of sunlight spread across the fields below. As we began to rise, we seemed to leave our stress and worries behind. It was really exciting. I peered down at the spectacular landscape and felt like floating in a magic carpet. I would say “wow”! Though no words can really describe the feeling we felt. They really made us feel like royalty.

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    Camel rides anyone?

    by ChartIt Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    So Pushkar is home to the a massive camel fair and the place can get pretty crowded. It is worth a shot to ask around and see about getting a good deal on the camel rides. Our two hour sunset camel tour cost 100 rupes. I tipped my camel drive about that, he was a small kid around 12 years old. My camel's name was Ronney. And he was a very naughty camel but I had fun! And the sunset was beautiful. But it did get really cold once the sun goes down.

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