Everyone has his or her belief and disbelief. The reason for pilgrim spots gaining prominence is due to the belief in people as they consider making such pilgrimage is an essential part or duty of their life. While some places that are attached pilgrimage status have temples and more temples of historical importance, some have temples and other attractions that are connected to history, cultural heritage and sometimes entertainment as well. Pushkar in Rajasthan is one such place. Journey to Pushkar is considered the ultimate pilgrimage as it is said that after visiting four spiritual places in the country, Pushkar has to be visited to attain salvation.
It gains importance among spiritual travelers who aim to have a holy dip in the lake, which is considered a holy place and the King of ‘Trithas’. It is believed that having a holy dip here is equivalent to doing meditation and prayer for a hundred years. Hence, this is most frequented by people who follow a particular faith. For others and including the religious people, this place is a beauty in itself.
The city is famous for classic palaces and temples. The 400-year-old city houses Meera Bai Temple, which is one of the important attractions in Merta. Other attractions include Aurangazeb Mosque and Bhanwal Matta Temple. The place has historical importance, as this was where Marathas defeated Jodhpur and Jaipur armies. This later came under the rule of Emperor Akbar.
Man Mahal is a magnificent palace that was constructed by Raja Man Singh of Amber. It is situated on the eastern side of Sarovar. The palace flaunts the uniqueness of Rajasthani style of architecture. It is now used as a tourist bungalow and it is under the control of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation.
Those who follow Hinduism believe that Lord Brahma is the Creator and worship him. In spite of the importance attached to Lord Brahma, there are only three temples for him all over the world and only one in India. Pushkar gains additional importance as Brahma Temple is seen here.
There could not be a better way to view the desert of Rajasthan. Pushkar Camel Safari not only offers to travel the desert but also keeps the members entertained with various outdoor activities. The safari is tailor made to suit the needs of the visitors. The safari tour takes you to many villages through the desert and by sunset, you will find yourself on the sand dunes.
The Pushkar Mela is where you'll witness real Rajasthani culture. Camel and cattle trading define the essence of the event. Villagers from across Rajasthan, and more recently from other states, descend to this desert town to trade livestock. The festivities begin with a camel race wherein camels are decorated and raced to the finish line.
The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Jaipur, which is 140 kilometres away. The airport is well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, kolkata. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Pushkar.
This is not a great option for long distance travellers. However, buses from Delhi to Ajmer and further to Pushkar are easily available. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs deluxe and semi-deluxe buses (both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) connecting Ajmer to nearby cities and then transport you to Pushkar for a very nominal fare.
You will need to take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar. The Ajmer railway station is well-connected with major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhopal, and Bangalore.