Engulfed by the Aravali hills lies the holy city of Pushkar, a city that is one of its kind in Rajasthan. Located 11 kilometers north-west of Ajmer, it is one of India’s oldest cities. Travelers and devotees from around the world visit Pushkar for the graceful, colorful and peaceful ambiance it has to offer.
With the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country, it remains a spiritual place for many. The episodic chanting of prayers in the evening mesmerizes the soul offering a much needed break from the city life. The lake is fringed by 52 ghats, all of which is believed to have different miraculous powers. There are milky-blue temples in almost every corner of the city, you can’t help but feel the presence of the divine.
The main street is is a treasure trove flea market, selling anything to tickle a traveller’s fancy, from hippy-chic tie-dye to didgeridoos. You will love it for the variety of traditional souvenirs you can collect.
Pushkar is also known for the cattle fair that draws in around 50,000 camels for trade and more than 200,000 people every year. At the fair you will get to witness exciting sporting events like camel racing, moustache competitions, tug-of-war, kabaddi, and turban-tying contests. The fair is ostensibly a time when the energy rises to another level.
For all the good reasons, this little town has become a prominent tourist destination of incredible India. If the city’s chaos is stressing you out, you’ll feel at peace here in Pushkar. See a temple, explore the lake, enjoy the local meals, you will want to come back for more. The town remains enchantingly small and authentically mystic.