Atleast once in a lifetime devout Hindus make it a point to visit the pious city Pushkar. Pushkar has been put on the international scene owning to the Pushkar Camel Fair that happens annually. The town is now synonymous with the hippie culture that makes it a go to spot for the millennials.
The town has an enchantingly small and authentically mystical vibe to it, much like Mcleodganj in the north. Ghats surrounded by blue temples with playback music of drums and Hindu mantras, the city promises to charm all.Despite the commercialism and banana pancakes, the town retains its old world charm. Here is a list of things that caught my attention while I was in Pushkar:
1. Pushkar Lake
the Pushkar Lake continues to enthral visitors. According to the folklore, the lake was developed when Brahma dropped his lotus at this site. The revered Pushkar Lake is believed to be holy by Hindus; the sacred water of this lake is believed to wash away the sins and cure all diseases. Atleast 500 temples are present around the vicinity of the lake. The lake is thronged by priests who are ready to perform all sorts of rituals for you.
2. Brahma Temple:
This temple in Pushkar remains one of the very few temples solely dedicated to Brahma. The Brahma temple is also referred as the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir. This striking Hindu spot is built of mainly stone slab and marble. The main idols of the temple are of Brahma and Gayatri. The temple has a hans (goose) over the entrance. The temple brims with aggressive shopkeepers who are ready to safekeep your shoes and belongings only if you buy parshad from them.
3. Savitri Devi Temple:
The Savitri temple in Pushkar is located on the Ratnagiri hill. Besides being a popular holy spot the temple is one of the most favoured sunset and sunrise points. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Savitri. The 60 minute trek is definitely a strenuous climb, one which you crib especially on a vacation. However, it is definitely worth the alluring 360 degree view. If you are in no mood for this arduous trek opt for the faster and less taxing mode: the cable car. As per the legend, this temple was constructed subsequent the act of rebellion by Goddess Savitri subsequent to Bramha' marriage to Goddess Savitri. The temple houses idols of both the wives Savitri and Gayatri, but as per tradition Goddess Savitri is worshipped first and subsequently prayers to Goddess Gayatri are offered.
4. Pushkar Bazaar:
The main bazar of Puskhar is one of the most fascinating places I have ever visited. Trinkets, turbans, textile: the bazaars are loaded with bohemian knick knacks. The place comes to life at night. Stroll at your pace with a cuppa of hot kulhad milk to make the most of this place.
5. Gurudwara Singh Sabha
The town remains historically significant for the Sikhs as this place was visited by Guru Nanak Dev ji and Guru Gobind Singh ji. The white marble structure located on the main road against the backdrop of Aravali hills can be easily located. Do visit this place for a sumptuous langar.
Places to Eat:
Food remains the best part of Puskhar. This temple town has a lot of things to offer and that too at dirt cheap prices. Street food options range from poha, malpuas, freshly baked cakes, falafel rolls, kulhad milk, french snacks and the coffee (definitely adding a truckload of calories on your waistline). Also, try the Funky Monkey Cafe for the best Pizza.
Point to note:
1. The best way to explore Pushkar is on bike or on foot. There are several shops where you can hire a two wheeler at a modest price of 200/- per day.
2. Your stay at this this temple town can be made more chill by staying in a hostel. Moustache, Zostel and Madpackers.
3. Make sure you try the magic lassi.
See you in Pushkar!
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