Offbeat destinations Pushkar
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By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 17 September 2018, 04:54 Hrs
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Offbeat destinations Pushkar



Pushkar is a picturesque township in Rajasthan. This ancient city lies amidst the Aravalli ranges and is referred to as the ‘Tirth-Raj’ or the King of pilgrim sites. Pushkar is emerging as a popular tourist destination which attracts travellers due to the architectural legacy of its palaces, spiritual importance of its temples, beautiful lakes, ghats, colourful bazaars and tranquil atmosphere. Beyond its cultural and religious significance, a traveller can explore the offbeat places in Pushkar to enjoy the diverse experiences that it has to offer.



Places for Spiritual Pursuits



Among the main attractions of Pushkar, The Jagatpita Brahma Temple is the most famous pilgrimage site. The sacred Pushkar Lake is a heritage site that has around 52 ghats where devotees can take a holy dip in its water, considered to have healing properties. One can listen to the chanting of hymns during evening Arti ceremonies from the innumerable temples located on its banks.



The Pap Mochini Temple, Savitri Temple, Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple, Apteshwar Temple, Old Rangji Temple are other famous temples that have legendary tales associated with them and portray India’s ancient and magnificent architectural styles.



Trekking and Adventure activities



Travellers interested in trekking up the Naga Pahar can catch the spectacular view of the Pushkar Lake from atop the hill. Trek up the hill to reach the Saraswati Temple and witness the panoramic view of the Pushkar Lake.



Adventure seekers can try taking a jeep safari to drive through the rugged desert landscape, travel to the remote villages or explore the rare wildlife, ruins of forts and palaces. The Phool Mahal and Roopangarh fort of Kishangarh is a visual treat for travellers.



The Famous Pushkar Fair



The Pushkar Camel fair held every October and November draws tourists globally. During the fair, tourists can go on a hot air balloon ride that takes them over the vast expanse of the desert to capture the beautiful view of the sunrise or sunset in their camera.



The rhythmic ride on a camel through the dunes of Thar and listening to stories about the desert life from the local camel men can be an amazing experience. Camel carts are also available for a group ride for the entire family.



Local sightseeing, Shopping and Food



Pushkar is also called ‘The Rose Garden of Rajasthan’ due to the flower farming done in and around the city.



Shopaholics can indulge in retail therapy in Pushkar markets that offer a good mix of hippie and ethnic culture in the products they sell. From funky silver jewellery, leather bags, rose products, traditional clothes to puppets, pottery items, you are spoilt for choices in places like Baza Bazar, Sarafa Bazar, Sadar Bazar and Kedalganj bazaar.



After a fun-filled day, you can unwind yourself watching the Kalbelia dance performance performed by the tribal community of Rajasthan.



Most delicious varieties of food are served in the roadside restaurants, cafes and eateries of Pushkar. Do not miss to taste the malpua, Gulkand lassi, kachori and spicy Rajasthani thali that are available in Pushkar.



How to Reach Pushkar



The nearest airport lies in the capital city Jaipur. Cab service in Jaipur takes around 3 hours to travel a distance of 148 km to reach Pushkar. From Jaipur, it takes approximately 2 and a half hours covering 137 km to reach Ajmer, which is only 13 km from Pushkar. Intercity Jaipur to Ajmer cabs offers on time services for ensuring smooth travel over a hearty conversation for tourists who want to sit back and enjoy their holiday.



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