Local Market around the Lake
Try to be there in november...follow my tips!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I had an absolutely brilliant time here at Pushkar resorts. The staff were amazing, the location and...more
The Pushkar Bagh consists of 45 air-conditioned tented resort situated 2 km from the Holy Lake. They...more
It is a heritage hotel right by the lake, great view, great rooms, great service. The best hotel in...more
This place does not need any introduction because everyone seems to know about it. Very popular. Comfortable environment. Food is prepared fresh and with care.What I liked best was their bakery; the cheese cake needed more sugar but the banana nut bread was wonderful. I did not get a chance to try their delicious Bowl of Joy, which really wasn't...more
Recommended by LP, they are known for their pizzas and have plenty of signs on the street so you don't forget it. The bets part is its cool, uninterrupted view of the lake, mountains and city square below because it is higher up than other restaurants. That also means you have enough stairs awaiting you.As far as the pizza is concerned, it was too...more
It's a matriarchal run place with big portion sizes. The Lady Chief might look tough but is very accommodating and will try her best to help you or your order out. Will not say no. Sshhhh, don't tell anyone, but she can arrange eggs for you too.If you like dogs, then you can say hello to the very fluffy, smokey colored Labrador lounging there.more
Nightlife doesn't really exist in Pushkar. Instead, sit out facing over the lake and watch the sun set behind the Ratnagiri Hill. It's also nice to sit and the steps of ghat overlooking the lake at night as it's very peaceful.
the nearest airport is jaipur, from there there are regular buses to Ajmer, It takes about three hours to reach ajmer. The roads are very good and journey comfortable.The nearest railway station is in Ajmer. There are daily trains to delhi, twice weekly to bangalore and mumbai. The railways are planning more trains to mumbai and chennai.more
Sheer coincidence that I bumped into it. It's almost purposely kept so no one finds it, through a closet door of sorts. But the desserts lane of Pushkar is so small that once you're there you will find it.The guy sells a very unique kind of mithai (dessert) that I have not found anywhere else. The very friendly elderly fellow who runs it calls it...more
Pushkar is considered and recognised as a holy place. The residents follow the age old saying "Athithi Devo Bahva" (visitors are God). Understanding another culture helps to understand the diversity of the world. Here are some cultural values of Pushkar that I found on a website which will be of great interest before visiting: Kindly note that...more
As usual our sly guide excused himself midway to Pushkar saying that another guide will take over for this tour to Pushkar. The new guide was a local and had connections with syndicates that offer prayers for your ancestors at the Lake, and demand exorbitant sums with threats that giving poorly will effect your future prospects. When we approached...more
So when you walk through the streets in Pushkar you have to be aware that there will be a lot of young men trying to convince you to go with them to the lake so you can be blessed. Be aware though that the holy person will try and get you to repeat several phrases in Hindi which will basically mean you owe them some money- the amount of rupees...more
Please be careful, particularly women travellers. As you may know, lassi is a favourite drink in India which is yoghurt based. It is delicious. However, in Pushkar, a local variation on this drink is called Bang Lassi. Basically a lassi with loads of dope etc in it. It is "weapons grade" and people we have spoken to who have had it, all tell us...more
DO NOT ever take the flowers from holymen even offered for FREE. Take off your shoes when entering the ghat, and from there you are likely to face with ‘fake’ holymen who try to take you in the Hinduism ritual something. Start with a handful of petals, saying “No money, no money it’s a gift,” followed by a pray, Holy Bhrama Holy Vishnu Holy Ganesh...more
If you are by the lake you may be approached by a holy man. He will take you down to the lakes edge and want to bless you. Nothing wrong with this. However, they seem to want loads of money for giving you this blessing! Often they will ask 2000 rupees, but according to a guide we met, giving 100 rupees is fine. If you are staying in one of the...more
these gaily dressed girls were seen sitting together .They posed for a picture. Then they started pestering us for money .More and more colourlfuly clad girls joined we had to give money to each of them. Then we noticed that this was a routine way of earning daily bread . Next time we saw painted girls asking for a photo we politely told them a...more
Luggage and bags:
If you are travelling during the mela, expect day time to be hot and night time cold. so light summer ware ,cap and water for day time and a light sweater or shawl for night time.
expect camels in huge numbers. This time there were an estimated 2 lakh camels and other assorted animals so expect camel dung and dust in direct proportion. The dung dries up in no time and the constant traffic powders it and disperses it in the air. proper walking shoes and a mask would be a good idea.
Photo Equipment: Pushkar is a photographers delight bring enough supplies digital card/batteries/film rolls
Savitri & Gayatri - the two hills just outside the city - seem so close, so we decided we'll try & climb one for the great view from the Holy temple. But walking through the small streets, entering the desert & climbing the rocky hills isn't really as easy as one would think... And there was this kid who gave us the wrong direction - on purpose!...more
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A very memorable thing.Since temples here do no play holi right inside the premises (unlike temples of some other cities such as Jodhpur), the entire town gathers to play around Varaah ghat, the town square. The celebrations start from the lighting of the bonfire/pyre again at Varaah ghat and continue non-stop all day until around 3pm. That is a...more
Puskhar hosting one of the few temples dedicated to Brahma, it’s useful to say a few words about him.First of all, do not mix Brahma (the God of Creation) with the Brahman (Supreme Cosmic Spirit).For me, it was impossible to have a superficial understanding of the Hindu pantheon of Gods. The fact that there are so many Gods, presumably everyone...more
Apparently this is not the only Brahma temples in the world, as per the founding myth at Pushkar…Although Brahmâ is prayed to in almost all Hindu religious rites, there are very few temples dedicated to him in India, with the Pushkar one being the most proeminent.There are also other temples dedicated to Brahma in Goa, (in the small, remote village...more