This is the holiest part of the Pushkar town in the Ajmer District of Rajasthan. This lake is surrounded by 52 ghats and over 500 beautiful temples and this proves how suitably it is known as the king of all pilgrimages. The history of the lake dates back to the 4th century but according to legendary tales it talks about a king of the 9th Century. The name of this Rajasthani King was Nahar Rao Parikar and he was out on a hunting safari and was thus chasing a boar to kill it when he came across this lake. As soon as he dipped his hands into it, he was astonished to find out that the marks of leukoderma on his hands had vanished. He thus, decided to restpre the lake and make it more glorious. It is also known that the 10th Sikh Guru, Govind Singh Ji read out the Guru Granth Sahib on the banks of this lake.
A temple situated on the banks of the beautiful Khajur River, there are still no evidences as to when this temple was built. The temple is at present almost in ruins but whatever little is left of it looks awesome till date. The hude idols and temple designs are an evidence of very early styles of temple art and designing. There is no mandap here and there are no evidences if there were any earlier on. Apart from the idol of Lord Brahma there are also a number of idols of Lord Shiva. This contradiction in the name and number majority of idols often leaves tpurists and even historians in a great confusion. The confusion is that whether this temple was actually a Brahma Temple or was it a Shiva Temple with an idol of Lord Brahma established inside it.
Savitri was the name of the first wife of Lord Brahma and this temple in Pushkar is popular all over the world. The temple is situated behind the Brahma Temple and is perched on the peak of a hill. You have to climb quite a number of steps to reach the main shrine. This place has a lot of importance amongst the locales especially. More than worship, the front yard of this temple is like a watch point from where you can enjoy perfect panorama of the whole Pushkar. The beauty and tranquility of this place has a magical effect on the mind and the cool breeze is soothing too.
Next day we went to the cattle fair ,it was lot bigger then i expected . Big and small rides ,food stalls, magic shows (be careful they know how to con u) selling and buying animals (camel,horse etc) . Competitions like biggest mustachio, dance etc also take place there. After shooting all this, around 6 we went little bit further from the fair to the sand dunes on a camel ride that took us to the point from where we can shoot the beautiful sunset . And this is the thing nobody should miss.
Pushkar Fair Ground
5. Camel Fair, Pushkar -Pushkar is famous for this unique fair, where camel and livestock are traded. Apart from these there are other recreational activities, such as Longest Moustache Competition, that are held here to attract more tourists. This is a five day long event and is held every year in the months of October-November. Sounds interesting, eh?
This is the only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma. There are various stories associated to - why it is the only temple in India where Lord Brahma (creator) is workshipped. One being that when his wife Savitri failed to join him for yagna, Brahma married Gayatri and completed the yagna. As a result, the enraged Saraswati cursed Brahma that he will be workshipped only in Pushkar and no where else.
The Laughing Buddha
Being a holy city, both meat and alcohol are banned in Pushkar. But bhaang and hash are used widely, but discreetly, and are available at cafes throughout the city. Choose the “special lassi or coffee” on the menu, and let the server know whether you would like yours weak, medium or strong. A lassi is a yoghurt drink, and the “special” ingredient will help you have a great evening with a mellow buzz. Try the road side cafes in the main market and you won't be disappointed. The Laughing Buddha Cafe, on Gau Ghat, offers some great bhaang for your buck.
out of the blue cafe
A romantic cafe overlooking the beautiful Pushkar Lake, this is a very calm place. The views of sunset from this café are mesmerizing and thus the name of the café. They serve light food and snacks. Their specialty is their range of hot and cold beverages though. The decor is simple and the prices are low as well. You get authentic Italian food here too.
Savitri Mata Temple
On our way back, I dropped at Savitri Mata Temple, located at uphill. The ropeway makes the ascent to the hilltop Saraswati Temple a breeze. The temple overlooks the lake and the views are fantastic at any time of day. This temple has idols of both the wives of Lord Brahma named Savitri and Gayatri. But as per tradition Goddess Savitri is always worshipped first and then prayers to Goddess Gayatri are offered.
Funky Monkey Cafe Pushkar | Cafe in Pushkar Rajasthan
Located in the Mahadev Chowk area, this is a nice café and a great option for some tasty breakfast and delicious espresso coffee. The taste is authentic and the fruit muesli is a must taste. The décor is very modern and they also sell cakes and pastries which are all yummy. The guy at the counter making coffee is very friendly and informative and so are all other staffs. The best part is that the owner of this cafe looks after the guests himself and is very warm and welcoming.
Evening Aarti could be witnessed at different ghaats, and you are not allowed to walk on Ghats with slippers or shoes (Bare foot). Now, after trying some good food and shopping and a lot of other things, it was time to move ahead with the schedule and next destination was "Jaisalmer."