There is a fascinating mythological significance attached to Pushkar. According to myth, Lord Brahma was on his way in search of a suitable place to perform a 'Yajna' (Fire - sacrifice). While contemplating, a lotus fell from his hand to the earth and water sprouted from three places. One of them is today's Pushkar Lake - an important Hindu pilgrimage centre.

The tranquil town of Pushkar is situated along the banks of this picturesque lake, on the edge of the desert, 11 kms from Ajmer. The Nag Pahaar or the snake mountain forms a natural boundary between Ajmer and Pushkar.

Surrounded by hills on three sides, Pushkar abounds in temples. Of these, the most famous is the Brahma temple - the only one dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country. A town that remains dormant all the year round, bursts with joy during Kartik Purnima. During this auspicious positioning of the moon, Pushkar comes alive for two reasons - one religious and the other commercial. Thousands of devotees throng Pushkar at this time in October-November to take a holy dip in the lake.

Also, a huge and colourful cattle fair - the Pushkar Fair attracts visitors from the world over. There is music in the air, dance, celebration and colourful shops spring up during the fair. Village folk in multi-hued attire host cultural events against the backdrop of this Joyous occasion. Puppet shows, camel races go hand in hand with cattle auctions.

Places of interest:-

Savitri Temple: A temple dedicated to the first wife of Lord Brahma-the Savitri temple is located on the hill behind the Brahma Temple which can be reached by a flight of steps. The temple offers a panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding desertscape.

Man Mahal: On the banks of Pushkar lake is the magnificent palace built by Raja Man Singh I of Amber. Now converted into the RTDC Hotel Sarovar it offers a comfortable accommodation to the visitors.

The Brahma Temple: It is the only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma. The temple is marked by a red spire and over the entrance gateway is a beautiful statue of a 'Hans' or goose- the celestial carrier of Lord Brahma.

Shopping: An array of stalls all along the main bazaar are renowned for embroidered fabrics and shoes, colourful beads and bangles, brass utensils, belts studded with brass, cloth covers for camels with mirror-work, colourful saddles and leather goods, beautiful wall hangings and shoulder bags. During Pushkar fair, shopping is real fun when a bewildering variety of Souvenirs are offered for sale in numerous roadside stalls like beads, bangles, embroidered shawls, clothes,cloth covers for camels embroidered and embellished with mirrors. Colourful saddles and beautifully woven blankets and camel leather goods.



Air: Jaipur 146 kms is the nearest airport.

Rail: Ajmer 11 kms is the nearest railhead.

Road: Good road connections.

Local Transport: Linked to Ajmer by bus service. (Every 30 min. a bus is available)


Area: 5 Sq. km.
Climate: Mean Max. Mean Min.
Summer: 40.7°C 25.9°.c
Winter: 23.3 °C 6.3°C
Rainfall: 50 cms.
Best Season: July-March
Clothing: Summer: Light Tropical
Winter: Woollen
Languages: Hindi, English & Rajasthani