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Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus, situated 11 kms. to the North-West of Ajmer. Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were destroyed by Aurangzeb, a Mogul ruler and subsequently rebuilt. The most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be the only temple in the world dedicated to this deity.
Many Ghats run down to the Holy Lake where pilgrims are constantly bathing in the holy waters. Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The world's largest camel fair.
It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" and pay obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world.
How to reach
By Air - Jaipur(146 km)is the nearest airport.
Ry Rail - The nearest railway station is Ajmer(11 kms).
By Road - There are regular bus services connecting Pushkar to Jaipur, Delhi, Agra, etc
Places to see
This is the temple dedicated to Lord Brahma's first wife.
It is situated on the banks of the lake and was built by Raja Man Singh I. This has been converted into a hotel now.
Originally built in the 12th century, Varah Temple was, like many others, destroyed by the bigoted Emperor Aurangzeb (who, it is said , was particularly upset by the huge idol here of Varah, the god with the body of a man and the head of the boar.)
One of Pushkar's largest and most intricate temples, the Ramavaikunth Temple was built in the 1920's and has beautifully sculpted images of no less than 361 different deities.
Excursions from Pushkar
Ajmer (11 kms)
Nestling in the folds of the Aravallis and sitated practically in the centre of Rajasthan Ajmer is located picturesque along the shore of Anna Sagar lake. Ajmer is a major religious centre for Hindus as well as Muslims and boasts of some unique architectural styles. famous for the mosques or the dargah of the venerated Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, each year an urs or fair is held when millions throng to the holy shrine to seek a boon. Ajmer is also well known for its proximity to the holy town of Pushkar where each year in the month of November a camel and cattle fair is held making it a prominent destination on the international map.
Kishangarh (35 kms)
On the Jaipur-Ajmer road lies the former princely state of Kishangarh, known for exquisite miniature paintings and school of art which flourished under the former princely rulers. These paintings today are mostly with either private collectors , museums or with the royal family of Kishangarh. Kishangarh is also a large market for the marble industry due to which one can find a variety of marble curios.
Kuchaman (87 kms)
Located in the Nagaur district, Kuchaman fort has had a strategic role to play in Rajasthan's history which unravels as one moves around its 17th century battlements. Its picturesque village is idyllic for those who wold like to discover the charm of walking through it. The Kuchaman fort is a historic citadel and has been converted into a heritage hotel with impressive paintings.