Pushkar is a holy city 15 km outside of Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan. It's set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins. Pushkar offers various shopping articles famous for their unique charm like the textiles, clothes with elaborate embroidery, ethnic jewellery, paintings, leather goods, mesmerising puppets. Also almost every stall sells beads, colourful bangles, finely cut precious stones, camel and horse jewellery and utensils . Pushkar offers various shopping articles famous for their unique charm like the textiles, clothes with elaborate embroidery, ethnic jewellery, paintings, leather goods, mesmerising puppets.
Also almost every stall sells beads, colourful bangles, finely cut precious stones, camel and horse jewellery and utensils . Moustache is the one thing considered by the people here as a sign of respect and pride and they grow it with with full patience and dedication irrespective of whether its No Shave November or not. FYI – They have a moustache competition. The city has an annual pushkar fair in which the foreigners come from all over the world to attend this fair. The fair also had a lot of rides like the giant wheel, columbus, shooting range, hot air balloon ride, maut ka kuan, camel safari or horse riding.
It was the world’s biggest fair of camels and horses. People bid on them. The highest bid can go in crores too. There are around 1000-2000 foreigners always irrespective of the festivals that happen here. Pushkar is a place where people come for peace. One could smell the essence of marijuana burning through the chillum, smoked by the local baba’s in a few places along the street. Not just baba but the villagers, male and female both can be seen smoking and some foreigners too. There's one and only world famous brahma temple. Climbing the white marble stairs along with thousands of devotees from different part of the world. One could enter the Brahma Temple through a massive gate . The temple inside is made of red bricks and people have written their wishes on the inner walls of the parikrama place around the icon (murti) of lord Brahma. Acknowledging and praying in front of our gods is what we all want to do if we are visiting this.
There is a sunset point also whEre There is a platform having stairs raised above water level and then there is the Pushkar lake. Surrounded with Ghats and Temples on all side and mountain at the back, the sunlight reflecting from the holy water is a mesmerising view to the eye and provides a sigh of relief to each and every soul present there. Local Rajasthani people play folk music in the background. It is all calm out there and the warmth of the sun feels like it is replenishing the soul with all the positive energy it could. There is the Maha Aarti at the Ghats of the Pushkar lake.
It is a good omen to take bath in the holy water that day according to Hindu calendar . Devotees take bath to get rid of the sins they might have committed in and hence purifying their body and soul. If you are hungry you should know where to go to put your stomach to the satisfaction. The falafel which is famous in pushkar is so tasty. You would want it everyday. There are so many cafés like funky monkey cafe, pink floyd , nirvana cafe etc, the name itself speaks of fun. Pushkar also has a world famous holi (kapda phaad holi). In order to attend this holi celebration pushkar gets flooded by foreigners.
During Holi Pushkar's ambiance is more than just colors. It's not only playful and spirited but it's a full blown electronic music party right in the middle of the town. You will witness a palette of colors exploding in the air from the hands of hundreds or maybe even thousands of people. Everybody is covered in blues, pinks, greens,reds and yellow and they are all just blended together no matter young or old, Rich or poor, tourists or locals, it's like a human rainbow. There is no judging there's only laughing, jumping, smearing, spraying and splashing each other with dry or wet colors.
It's all about music, dancing, flying colors, happy people, smiles and well wishes for a happy Holi . It is also more impressive to people who like culture and historical background. According to Hindu religion, after visiting all the Hindu pilgrim towns and temples (Four Dhams), if Pushkar is not visited for worship, then salvation is not achieved. According to the Hindu calendar Pushkar Fair commences in Navami (ninth day of fortnightly phases of moon) and ends in Purnima (Full Moon) in the month of Kartika (October or November according to the lunar calendar). In Pushkar, one of the biggest Cattle Fair is also held for trading purposes and the best cattle in all categories are awarded. Countless people in their colourful attire gather to take a dip in the Holy Lake and pray to the deities.
The whole town comes alive with vibrant folk music and dances, magic shows, horse and camel races and various other traditional entertainment competitions. Pushkar, with more than 12 local fairs and festivals of 10–15 days duration is a year round destination.
It is a mellow town by the great lake of Pushkar amidst the perfume of jasmine and rose flowers. About 4,000 to 6,000 visitors from all over the world come to Pushkar every day.
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