Pushkar is often referred to as the Pilgrim City, and is located about 14 kms from Ajmer. Laying in the south west of Jaipur, Ajmer is an oasis wrapped in the green hills, that’s what the Rajasthan Tourism claims. Although the city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan, he lost it to Mohammed Ghori, after which Ajmer became home to many dynasties. However today, Ajmer is a pilgrimage center for both Muslims as well as the Hindus. There are a lot of tourists’ attractions from which Dargah Sharif Tomb claims to be the pride of Ajmer.
Pushkar is mainly known for its temples, lakes, and the snake mountain which proudly forms a part of chain of the Aravali Ranges, standing between Pushkar and Ajmer. The roadways journey from Ajmer to Pushkar is extremely interesting as it leads through the Nag Pahar or The Snake Mountains. One gets to see some ancient lakes.
The picturesque town is situated around beautiful lakes. What escalades Pushkar’s popularity is that the town is surrounded by hills on three sides and the fourth side is cordoned with sands which have drifted from the plains of Marwar. It is referred to as one of the most revered places for the Hindus and is often referred as the king of places for pilgrimage. The Hindu pilgrims do not consider their journey of pilgrimage to be complete unless and until they take a bath in the sacred waters of Pushkar.
The alluring Pushkar Lake is a sanctified spot and is considered as old as the creation, and it has been serving the Hindu Pilgrims from a very long time. Some of the best places for sightseeing, which also serve the purpose of tourists’ attraction, are listed below:-
- NASIYAN (RED) TEMPLE
- BRAHMA TEMPLE
- DARGAH SHAREEF
- TARAGARH FORT
- SAVITRI TEMPLE
- MAHADEO TEMPLE
- ANA SAGAR LAKE
- PUSHKAR LAKE
- MAN MAHAL
The red temple or the Nasiyan Temple is very famous in Pushkar. The main reason which results in the escalation of its popularity is the double story hall adjacent to the main temple. This hall displays a series of large gold plated wooden figures depicting legends from Jain mythology. The entire hall is adorned by glass mosaic, precious stones, gold and silver work.
The other main attraction in Pushkar is the Brahma Temple. The temple attracts pilgrims from far across because it is the only temple of sacred Hindu Lord Brahma in the entire world.
The museum is yet another spot that attracts the tourists from all over the world. It was once the royal residence of Emperor Akbar and the museums houses a rich repository of the Mughal and Rajput armour and some exquisite sculptures. Pushkar fair is yet another attraction in Pushkar.
People who come to Pushkar fair returns home with some great shopping experiences. With varieties of goods and craft materials at really reasonable price makes everyone’s shopping experience wonderful. Pushakar is basically a place with everything one needs to see such as, temples, exotic beauty, lakes, forts, pilgrimage centers. One needs to get down at the Ajmer railway station and then go 14 kms to reach Pushkar.