Pushkar is one of the oldest towns in India that has become emblematic of Hindu culture, religion and tradition. The antiquity of this town can be judged from the fact that its name is mentioned in the list of 7 cities that a Hindu must visit for a consummate pilgrimage. The mention of this “teerth” (pilgrimage) is intricately woven into the cultural fabric of India. Although a small City, it has managed to capture everyone’s attention whether it is an Indian or an International traveler.
As a religious hub, it has numerous temples where devotees flock to get the blessings and wash themselves away from their sins by taking a dip into its holy river. The city is replete with atleast 52 beautiful Ghats where you can perform the puja or take a holy dip in the famous Pushkar Lake that is believed to have come into existence when a lotus petal fell from the Lord Brahma’s Lotus, the creator.
Pushkar is also the gateway to the Thar which means that you can take a camel tour from here in order to wonder at those golden sand dunes of the vast desert and watch that lovely sunset. The land of innumerable temples and bazaars, this city entices you with its innate Rajasthani charm. Walk down the narrow lanes of Pushkar and you are bound to listen to the humming of the chants, fragrance of the incense and that religious aura that most of the times delineates India on the world tourist map.
One of the major attractions of Pushkar is its Pushkar Mela, the biggest cattle fair in the world. Arrive a few days in advance in case you are planning to witness it in its full glory. A tour around Pushkar is sure to transport you into a different world one that is filled with spirituality, rich in history and culture and a shopping paradise for all the handicraft lovers!
Essential travel information and Pushkar tips for your visit
- Time Zone: Pushkar follows the same time zone as that of India. Indian Standard Time (IST) is the time observed throughout India, with a time offset of UTC+5:30.
- Currency: The currency operational in Pushkar is INR (Indian Rupees).
- Electricity: In Pushkar, Type D electrical plugs are used. They have three pins.The plugs in India are different to those available in USA and Europe. Convertors will be required.
- Internet: High speed internet is available in India. 4G data services have just been launched.
- Language: The predominant language spoken in Pushkar is Rajasthani.
- Emergency contacts: Police- 100, 0145-2629910, Tourist Information: 1364, Medical Help: +91 0145 2772029.
- Tipping is appreciated in Pushkar.
- Alcohol is forbidden within the city limits, although drinking coffee in one of the many cafes is a popular activity.
- If you want to hire local travel guide, do not go with him alone.
- Find safe accommodation. If you are a solo female tourist, safety is more important than price.
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