It is a common saying that every single breath that you take in this city is capable of engulfing you in its unique godly serenity. Owing to the distinctive sanctity that this place has to offer, it is considered by many, as tirth-raj, literally translating to “the ruler of all pilgrim sites”. Such is the divinity of Pushkar, a small, yet mesmerizing city located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, which also happens to be one of the most ancient cities in India. The city has been prominent since centuries as it housed world’s only Brahma temple for over thousands of years!
Below are few of the numerous things which contribute to the blissful aura that this town boasts of:
The Pushkar Brahma temple is one of the most prominent temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god “Brahma” and his wife, Saraswati. Build mainly of marble and stone blocks, Pushkar Brahma temple is the main attraction for pilgrims from all over the world. A red shikara (or spire), a little over 200m in height, is the most striking feature, the temple is believed to be 2000 years old!
Legend has it that a lotus fell from Lord Brahma’s hand, thus forming this lake, and the Pushkar city that lays beside it. Similar to the sacred rivers in India, this lake is said to have medicinal powers with an ability to cure diseases. The locals also believe that these pure and holy waters can wash away all the sins and a single dip is equivalent to a hundred years of meditation.
If there is anything other than the religious significance of this bucolic town that can bring in more tourists, it is the annual Pushkar Camel fair. This 5 to 7 day long fair, usually held in the month of November, brings a splash of enthusiasm and colour to the otherwise peaceful surroundings. The famous camel race and the “bridal competition” are few of the contests that breathe life into this breath-taking celebration. If seeing tens of hundreds of camels at one place is something on your bucket list, then this is where you need to be!
Ever heard about camels being the ships of the deserts? Well, there’s no better way to verify this than to indulge oneself in a bumpy day of camel riding. These camel safaris are tailor-made to cater to the expectations that any tourist has from them. Moreover, there’s nothing that beats the scenic beauty of a sunset viewed through the delicate curves of the sand dunes all around you. Agree?
The beautiful colours and handlooms made by Rajasthani women are well-known all over the world. It’s impossible to resist buying the lovely jewellery and embroidered fabrics made by the finest of the artists.
Other interesting things to indulge in:
Cooking and Horse riding classes are very popular amongst the tourists. Couple it with good hand and foot reflexology appointments by renowned doctors, followed by the famous yoga and beauty sessions, and what you’ll get is a complete laid back, relaxing trip.
With everything around you bubbling with historic significance and folklore, this city is surely a cut above the rest of the pilgrimage sites, ready to welcome you with open arms.