Pushkar is a small diamond in Rajasthan, not so known among the usual India itineraries. For that reason you must to include this beautiful Rajasthan place in your next trip. This City is also known for the camel safaris in the desert sand dunes.
Between sacred lakes, markets and beautiful landscapes, we will show you in this article what to see and do in Pushkar.
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1. PUSHKAR LAKE
Pushkar it is one of the most sacred cities for Hindus and everything happens around this sacred lake.
The legend says that when a demon killed the children of Brahma (creator of the world), he killed him with his weapon which was a Lotus flower, one of the petals fell in Pushkar and gave birth to this sacred lake where to bathe purifies the soul and has healing properties.
This lake is surrounded by more than fifty bathing ghats. Thousands of pilgrims visit this place to take a holy dip during the fair which is said to cleanse sins.
Travel Tip: Since this lake is considerate sacred and people believe in their healing powers, there is a kind of tourist scam. If you are walking the streets and some local offers you a flower not accepted. From the moment you accept the flower, they say that you have to go to the lake to be purified by the waters of this lake because otherwise it will bring you bad karma. They do you a little ceremony, and after it’s done, they asked you to pay at least 50 $ USA for the work they have done.
This scam only exists for the foreigners.
In the late afternoon, everyone gathers around the lake to watch the sunset. It was one of the most beautiful moments we saw in Pushkar.
2. RANGJI TEMPLE
The Rangji Temple is one of the 400 ancient temples existing in Pushkar. Is known for its South Indian architecture such as the high gopuram.
Being a Vishnu Temple, you can see a large gathering of Vishnu devotees on important occasions. Given its distinct disposition is one of the top places to visit in Pushkar.
On the internet its says that is free entrance. However, they request us to pay 20 INR (approx. €0.25) per person.
Travel Tip: Bring a bottle of water, a hat or cap as is going to be hot during the day and wear decent clothes.
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3. VARAHA TEMPLE
The Varaha Temple, for some reason, is not so much visited as the Brahma Temple. But is an important temple for the religious minded to visit. The architecture is beautiful, but since this is a neglected temple, its maintenance is not so good.
It’s not so easy to find the entrance of this temple, because you have to walk through the market and then you will see the back of the temple.
4. GAYATRI MATA TEMPLE (PAP-MOCHANI)
First of all, if you search online this temple you will think “well not so interested. It’s small and need maintenance!” BUT, we have to say the view is absolutely AMAZING!!!
It’s a small hike until the temple, but once you arrived there you will be mesmerized with the view. You can see the city, the lake and the mountains that surround Pushkar.
This place was one of the top highlights during our visit in this city, so we highly recommend it and travel tip go for the sunset!!
5. PUSHKAR BAZAAR
Things we loved must in a new city are the markets or handcrafts bazaars. Specially in India. They are full of colors, pictures, paintings and smells.
We recommend you to take your time while you visit this beautiful bazaar in Pushkar.
You won’t get tired of taking a lot of pictures and talk with the locals.
Fun fact about Pushkar: Pushkar is also called as Hippie Paradise. We felt be the only ones non-hippie in the crowd. We think it’s the city’s vibe that attracts so many hippies.
The people will ask you to take pictures with them or even dancing for the camera! So just enjoy it this moments, they are the best ones!!
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Safe and Happy Travels Everyone ✈
SARA & JORGE