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Pushkar Lake

Considered to be one of the most sacred destinations for Hindus, Pushkar Lake is among the top attractions in Pushkar, Rajasthan. The holy Pushkar lake is visited by thousands of devotees every year. Hindu pilgrims, who wish to take a dip in the holy waters of this lake, can choose from the numerous bathing ghats across the lake. Around 50 bathing ghats and 400 temples around the Pushkar lake make the place truly divine.

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Location: Pushkar Lake, Pushkar, Ajmer District of Rajasthan
Timings of Pushkar Lake: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Legend of Pushkar Lake

As per the tale, the creator of the universe, Lord Brahma, prayed with Mata Savitri on the banks of this river. As per Hindu mythology, when lotus petals from the hands of Lord Brahma fell on earth, Pushkar lake was created. Owing to such a mythological belief, Pushkar lake is also called ‘Tirtha Raj’ or the king of all pilgrimage sites.

Significance of Pushkar Lake

The lake is of high historical and cultural significance for the Hindus. It is known for its unique tradition. On the evening of the full moon, also called ‘Kartik Poornima’ (between October to November transition duration as per the Hindu calendar), bathing in the sacred waters of Pushkar Lake is considered important.

It is said that if you take a holy dip here, all your sins and misgivings will wash away. Moreover, the lake is said to be auspicious as the temples near the lake are dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Lord Krishna.

Important ghats around Pushkar Lake

Among the numerous bathing ghats around the Pushkar lake, few make it the most visited one. These ‘Not to miss’ spectacular ghats include Dadhich Ghat, Gwalior Ghat, Yag Ghat, Varaha Ghat, Saptarishi Ghat, Gau Ghat, Jaipur Ghat, and Karni Ghat. A dip at some of these ghats around the Pushkar lake is believed to have special curative powers.

Things to Do at Pushkar Lake

Here are a few things you can indulge in at Pushkar Lake -

  • Taking a holy dip - The city has 52 ghats where you can bathe. The ghats are of great religious importance in Hindu texts and mythology. This activity is a highlight during the Pushkar Fair between Indians and foreigners.
  • Camel Safari - Witness the Aravali Hills on a camel ride near Pushkar Lake, hosting one of the world’s best camel safaris. Also, see the sunrise or sunset while riding on the beautifully decorated camels.
  • Visit the attractions - After spending time at the lake, you can visit the famous Brahma Temple, Pushkar Palace, or the Savitri Temple. Witness the Rajasthani architecture at the temples and get a glimpse of the regality of Rajput rulers at the palace.
  • Shopping - Visit Sarafa Bazaar and Sadar Bazaar to get things like brass utensils, puppets, traditional Rajasthani jewelry, embroidered clothes, wooden artifacts, and glass paintings.

Best Time to Visit Pushkar Lake

Plan your Pushkar Lake Pushkar Rajasthan trip between November and March. The city has a dry and hot climate even in extreme winters. So make sure to keep yourself hydrated and moisturized. The days will be cool with cool air but will be chilly during the night.

Also, the lake's water will be freezing early in the morning and at night. So, it is best to bathe in the afternoon. Apart from this, the culture and festivities of Pushkar can be seen all around the year. During the Kartik Poornima, attend the world-famous Pushkar Camel Fair.

How to Reach Pushkar Lake

There are two bus stations in Pushkar - Ajmer (15 km) and Marwar (1.5 km). You can also book buses from Jaipur, Jodhpur, and even Delhi to reach the city and visit Pushkar Lake. Rickshaws and taxis are available in the city to reach Pushkar Lake. Shared autos from the station offer a more affordable ride.





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