Things to do in and around Pushkar and Ajmer

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Ringed by the rugged Aravalli Hills and home to the beautiful Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer is an extraordinary blend of culture and nature. Located in the heart of Rajasthan with some of the most beautiful Jain temples in India and two artificial lakes Ajmer is a tourist’s heaven. Fifteen Kilometers from Ajmer lies the ancient Hindu pilgrimage town of Pushkar, the town with the only temple dedicated to Brahma (The Creator) in the world. Said to have more than 500 temples it is in this town salvation is said to be found.

Foy Sagar lake, Ajmer.

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When planning a trip first question that comes to mind is "WHAT TIME OF THE YEAR should I be visiting this place?” Well the best time to visit Pushkar and Ajmer is somewhere around NOVEMBER, when the sun is not too harsh, winters are just beginning and Pushkar is filled with Camels.

Camel fair of Pushkar.

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A group of women walking towards the banks of Pushkar Lake to take a dip in the holy water on the last day(full moon) of the Pushkar Fair.

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Camel fair of Pushkar, one of the largest Camel fairs in the world, is a fascinating spectacle that occurs once a year (November) pulling a lot of tourists from around the world. Filled with competitions ranging from "longest moustache" to cricket competition between local Pushkar club and random foreign tourists, hundreds of shops selling traditional Rajasthani items and thousands of camels dressed up beautifully making it arguably the most colorful gathering of humanity and livestock on this planet.

When visiting the fair one should definitely go and watch traditional Rajasthani dance, take a camel back ride and participate in at least one competition and only then move forward to explore more of the town. Deep in town on the banks of Pushkar Lake stands the next stop, the famous Temple of Hindu God Brahma. The Brahma temple, where Artists from around the world take pilgrimage to request inspiration of Brahma and Saraswati, his consort, the goddess of creative impulse, the source of music, beauty and eloquence, should be on the must visit list of every tourist visiting Pushkar.

Rabdi Maalpua.

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A day at the colorful fair can get tiring which can be easily handled by trying out the amazing food Pushkar has to offer. Ranging from mouthwatering tikki chaat to Falafel a lot of options are available but one dish that stands above all and everyone should try is Rabdi Malpua which is an Indian version of pancakes (fried in ghee and dunked in sugar syrup). A heavenly touch is added to the whole experience by the sunset there. Pushkar Lake, with prayer bells ringing in the temple and the sun going down, is a sight to behold.

Sunset at Pushkar Lake

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Ajmer Dargah.

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A half an hour ride from Pushkar takes you to the city of Ajmer, home to the ancient shrine of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti (Ajmer Sharif Dargah). The famous Dargah consists of several white marble buildings decorated with really intricate and beautiful carvings making it the most beautiful Dargah in India. Located at the foot of Taragarh hill near the Ajmer Railway Station, the best time for a visit to the beautiful Islamic monument is either early morning or in the evening.

In the center of the city not far from the Dargah and just about five kilometers from Ajmer Railway Station is Soniji ki Nasiyan the temple famous for its City of Gold. Sitting in the double-storey hall, it is a diorama depicting the Jain concept of ancient world, decorated with Gold, Silver and precious stones. It is unlike any other temple in Rajasthan and is worth a visit. Driving to the outskirts of Ajmer on the Aravalli hills takes one to the Nareli Jain Temple, another striking monument in Ajmer. Spread across hundreds of acres the Temple when viewed from above the hills is breathtaking. When the sun starts setting behind the mountains, the temple lights are left open taking the whole experience to a different level.

Nareli Jain Temple against the Supermoon.

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A devotee praying in Nareli Jain Temple.

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Very well known for its food Ajmer can be a delight for foodies. Along with various mouthwatering delicacies one can get a chance to taste several traditional dishes. Dal Baati Choorma, Lahsun Ki Chutney, Ker Sangri, Bajre ki roti, Moong Dal Ka Halwa, Ghevar, Rabdi are some of the best dishes that are to be consumed during your stay in Ajmer.

The beauty of Ajmer lies in the fact that the city, encircled by the Aravalli Hills itself, surrounds the spectacular Ana Sagar Lake, one of the most scenic places in Rajasthan. While sitting outside the Bajrang Garh temple, located near the circuit house, having an ice-cream and admiring the beauty of the picturesque Ana Sagar Lake will absolutely make the trip worth it.

The city of Ajmer encircled by Aravalli Hills.

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