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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.
Pushkar is full of colour, culture, warmth and joy! The first thing that attracts one to Pushkar is perhaps the colourful streets lined with small shops and hopeful faces. The route from Ajmer to Pushkar is stunning and unlike any other route in Rajasthan. It's quite hilly and hence surprising. Pushkar is a very small town and its first glimpse is astonishing for first timers who are expecting a big town. The town is very famous for its numerous temples, serene lake and lovely market. Do visit Pushkar Lake during the evenings, since afternoons here are quite hot unless you are visiting during peak winters. There is also a small temple next to the lake and though the temple is beautiful, the priests here make it difficult to sit in peace. They constantly pester you to perform pujas and it's a little annoying when all you want is to enjoy a few moments of silence. The market next to the temple and lake is quite fun to explore and there is tons you can take back including bangles, bandhini sarees and dupattas, palazzos and stunning silver jewellery. Don't forget to have the kachoris next to the temple since they are perhaps the best you'll have in Pushkar. Reaching Pushkar is hassle-free since there are tons of buses plying from and to major cities and it would be best to combine Ajmer and Pushkar in one trip. Do choose a traditional homestay to spend your vacation in Pushkar and you'll have an unforgettable experience!
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Pushkar is from November to March