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    Camel fair

    by BarbaraForza Updated Aug 16, 2004

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    The Thar Desert

    The Camel Fair is held depending on the lunar calendar, so there isn't an exact date, it falls on the full moon of Kartik Purnima (November).
    Each year, there are many people coming to Pushkar from all over India, bringing their camels and horses.
    This Fair is promoted as an international attraction, big tents are put up for the Indian and foreign visitors. It's one of India's biggest and most colourful festivals. Don't miss it!

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    Main bazaar colourful stalls

    by munki Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    Main bazaar colourful stall


    The main bazaar is packed with stalls that care for the thousands of pilgrims and backpacker that visit the lake during the year. They sell all sorts of puja paraphernalia, hippy clothes, silver jewellery, painting, fruits and vegetables, internet cafes, etc…

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    Pushkar lake ghats

    by munki Written Mar 19, 2005

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    Woman at Pushkar lake


    Best thing to do in Puskhar is to stroll around the lake visiting the numerous temples and ghats and watch the pilgrims worship at the lake shore. Remember you must remove your shoes before you reach this sacred lake (at least 15 metres).

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    Ghats along the Pushkar Lake

    by mallyak Written Feb 12, 2008

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    Numerous ghats run down the lake and the pilgrims are bathing in the lake's Holi waters. Photography is prohibited.

    General Tips
    If you wish to join them, do it with respect - remove your shoes and do not smoke.
    Beware of the priests!-They will force you to performaing an Arthis and then try charging you exhorbirantly for the small ceromany.

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    Pushkar Temples

    by mallyak Written Feb 12, 2008

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    Pushkar has the Famous Brahma Temple which holds utmost importance to the pilgrims as it is the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma. It's marked by a red sphere, and over the entrance gateway is the Hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma. Inside, floor and walls are engraved with dedications to the dead.

    The one hour trek up to the hill top Saraswati Temple overlooking the lake is best made early in the morning; the view is magnifi

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    Pushkar Main Bazaar

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Jul 19, 2005

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    Pushkar's main bazaar is a tangle of narrow lanes lined with an assortment of interesting little shops - ideal for picking up gifts. It is especially good for costume jewellery and embroidered fabrics such as wall hangings and groovy shoulder bags. The music shops, on the other hand, are well worth a visit if you are keen to pick up some traditional, contemporary or fusion music. There are a number of bookshops in the main bazaar selling a tremendous range of novels in various languages.

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    Sunset by the Lake

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Every evening a crowd gathers at the Sunset Cafe in Pushkar to watch the sunset. Pushkar has the perfect setting for an unbeatable sunset with its beautiful lake, mountain and bathing ghats which glow yellow in the fading light. Tourists mingle with locals, taking photos as the sun slowly sets to the sound of drums.

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    Do's & Dont's/Attention Tourist

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Oct 15, 2005

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    Drugs, Alcohol, Non. Vegetarian food is strictly probhitied.
    Photography of Bathing pilgrims in holy lake is strictly prohibited.
    Foot wear has to be renoved 30 feet away from bathing ghats of the holy lake.
    Please respect Hindu cultural.
    do not embrace in publice and dress up respect fully.

    SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS.
    Take care of your valuables/goods.
    Take care of your Camera.Do not hang it losse on your back.
    Be careful while watchings/interacting with Dancers, jugglers, Fattoo makers, Musicians etc.
    Be careful of cheaters/Crooks who can divert your attention by means of throwing dirtor rubbish.
    Avoid accepting eatables from strangers.
    CALL FOR HELP
    Pushkar Police station 2772046

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    as little as possible is the order of the day

    by indiaguy Written Aug 1, 2008

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    relaxing at a rooftop restaurant (Rainbow)
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    The beauty of Pushkar is that there is very little to do actually , you can walk around the lake in about 30 mins , you can hire a camel ride for 1 hour , 3 hours or a safari into the desert , you can shop in the market at a leisurely pace , you can walk up one or both of the hills that overlook Pushkar for the view ( recommended but more about that just now ) and then you can just settle down in a comfortable chair at one of the rooftop restaurants and catch up on reading , updating your journal , and just relaxing and let the peace of Pushkar soak in . Relax , refresh , restore , renew , regenerate .........
    One of the more energetic activities is to walk up to the top of the hill to the Savitri temple. the view is well worth the climb. It took 2 hours from our hotel to get there and back , the path is good all the way , stone steps and places to sit on the way up. Take a bottle of water for the trip up and at the summit there is a small tea shop and a shaded look out point where you can catch your breath and enjoy something cold.

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    The best view over Pushkar!

    by tremendopunto Written Oct 22, 2006

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    What a view!
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    For an amazing view over Pushkar and the lake, well over the complete valley and the camel fair ground - you can climb up the mountain to the Saraswati temple. It is quite a long walk up on natutal stone steps, that can get exhausting (especially at noon in summertime - how crazy was this idea?) but this breathtaking view from top is all worth it.
    Plus you have a nice cool and steady wind on top that makes it quite comfortable.

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    Ghats

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    Pushkar has 52 ghats - sets of steps that lead down to the waters edge so that bathers can bathe. Devout Hindus make at least one pilgrimage to Pushkar and bathe at the holy ghats to wash away their sins, thereby earning themselves a place in heaven. A few of the ghats have their names displayed in large yellow signs. Some have particular importance: Vishnu appeared at Varah Ghat in the form of a boar, Bramha bathed at Bramha Ghat and Ghandhi's ashes were sprinkled at Ghandhi Ghat.

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    Pushkar lake ghats II

    by munki Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    Young cow at Pushkar ghat


    It goes without saying that you are not allowed to take photographs of the pilgrims bathing and worshiping in the ghats. If you forget about any of these rules the local priests will ask you to leave the bathing ghat or temple.

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    Floating Lamps/Deepdan

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Jul 19, 2005

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    It is customary to float lighted earthen lamps after placing them on pattals (plates made of leaves) on the waters of the lake. This creates a spectacular view in the evening when the sacred lake takes on a mystical tint sprinkled with twinkling spot of light. Aarti is offered at the Lake in the morning and evening.

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    Visit Pushkar Lake

    by PeteG Written Jan 24, 2008

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    The ghats at Pushkar lake

    Pushkar lake is a holy lake and around it are 52 ghats, which are steps leading down to it water where people go to bath, pray and receive blessings.

    It is very atmospheric and if you are there at a busy time of day it is an incredible site.

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    Loads of Humps

    by sourbugger Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Pushkar is an important city for Hindus. Set around a semi-circular lake it reminded me of a kind of mini-Varanasi (Benares) with various ghats for batheing and cremations, innumerable temples and near-naked Sadhus (Hindu Holy men) wandering about.

    If you don't have time to visit one of the larger Holy cities, especially those along the Ganges then this otherwise sleepy town provides a good alternative. It only really becomes alive during the pushkar Camel fair that occurs sometime in November each year. Why anyone would want to buy one of thes bad-tempered designed-by-commitee animals is beyond me.

    I must admit that after a quick tour of the temples I took the option to move on the same day. Many westerners on the backpaker trail see it as a place to recharge the batteries and chill out for a week or so. After hearing a bunch of new-age hippies whitter on for a couple hours in a restaurant about how great the cannabis pancakes were or how they like to do nude tai-chi whilst smelling crystals I got the feeling it wasn't really my scene.

    I also was too entranced by the main attraction at the time I visited : which appeared to be watching a Sadhu build a Lingum by the lakeshore from his own waste products - well each to their own.

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