Located at an elevation of 510 meters, the sleepy little city of Pushkar is enveloped by hillocks on three sides with the Nag Pahar (literally Snake Mountain) forming the natural border between Ajmer and Puskhar. A popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, Pushkar draws a large number of tourists and visitors, thanks to the fairs and festivals held beside the Pushkar Lake. Many venerated temples and shrines also adorn the city. The mythological connotations and architecture heritage is what makes tourism in Pushkar grow in popularity. Pushkar is one of the most visited city of Rajasthan.
One of the ancient cities still in existence, Pushkar is best known for having the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma – The Creator – in the whole world. Thus it holds a special place of devout Hindus who consider a visit the Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation. The four-faced idol of Lord Brahma is housed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple while the marble statue of Sun God stands guard.
One of the most famous tourist destinations in Pushkar, the sacred Pushkar Lake is mentioned in the scriptures as ‘Tirtha Raj’ the king of all pilgrimages. According to legends, it is believed that the lake was immediately formed when Lord Brahma dropped a lotus flower. The lake is surrounded with 52 bathing Ghats and 400 temples which make up for a spectacular sight.
Another famous temple at Pushkar is Varaha Temple, which is the most ancient temple in the region dedicated to third avatar of Lord Vishnu. Savitri Temple is a shrine dedicated to the first wife of Lord Brahma situated right behind the Brahma temple. Rangji temple is another beautiful temple which showcases a unique blend of Mughal, South Indian and Rajput style of architecture. Atmateshwar Temple, Panchkund Shiva Temple, and Pap Mochini are other famous temples in Puskhar.
Pushkar Fair is a famous 5-day event that takes place between the months of October and November that draws tourists from all over the world. With competitions such as ‘matka phod’, longest moustache and bridal competition have since become prominent tourist attractions at Pushkar. It is the largest cattle fair in the world where thousands of livestock exchange hands in a day.
Apart from visiting temples and shrines that are peppered all over the holy town of Pushkar, there are quite a few activities that can be pursued by the tourists. Camel safari, like at any other destination in Rajasthan, is highly recommended at Pushkar. The safari offers a glimpse into the rustic life of desert villages and culminates with the crimson sunset by the meandering sand dunes. The aarti ceremony at the revered Brahma Temple is a sight to behold.
Winters is best suited to visit Pushkar as during that time the temperature ranges from 8 degree celsius to 22 degree celsius. While Novebmber is considered to be the best time to visit Pushkar due the Pushkar fair. Large number of devotees come to take a dip in the Holy Lake of Pushkar during the full moon of November.
Climate of Pushkar is of an extreme desert type. Pushkar weather witnesses wide differences in the day and night temperatures. In the summer time, the days are hot, with the blazing with its full strength. The nighttime is a complete contrast. The nights in Pushkar are pretty cold, even in summers. The average temperature in the summers ranges from 45° C (max) to 25° C (min), approximately. The climatic conditions of Pushkar, Rajasthan in the winter season are quite pleasant.