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Pushkar Tour Guide

Historically, Pushkar always had great strategic importance and was sacked by Mahmud of Ghazni on one of his periodic forays from Afghanistan. Later it became a favorite residence of the great Mughuls. One of the first contacts between the Mughuls and the British occurred in Pushkar when Sir Thomas Roe met with Jahangir here in 1616. The city was subsequently taken by the Scindias and, in 1818, it was handed over to the British, becoming one of the few places in Rajasthan controlled directly by British rather than being part of a princely state. The architectural heritage of Pushkar is exceptional. The temples built and rebuilt over centuries offer a look at the different styles of various years. The city of Pushkar has over 400 temples in its limits. The only temple in the world of Brahma- the creator of the universe is here. Every major deity in the Hindu pantheon of gods is worshipped at Pushkar. Pushkar Lake is the holiest lake in the country and a bath in the lake during the kartik full moon is said to rinse out one of all sins. The fifty -two bathing ghats along the banks of the lakes are linked to the lunar calendar, with each ghat having its own miraculous powers. It is one of the most holy pilgrimage sites in the country. Throughout the year, Pushkar is the location for innumerable fairs other then the Pushkar fair. Pushkar is transformed into a riot of colors and celebrations as thousands of people throng the city to make merry and rejoice. A glimpse of the festivities reflects the joy and love of life of the people in rural India.

How to Reach Pushkar:

Exquisite handicrafts and handlooms not only from Rajasthan but also from the rest of India are on display in the city reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of people who visit the city. Pushkar is considered amongst the better and least expensive shopping destinations in the country today.

The nearest airport from Pushkar is Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities which include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Recently, flights to Dubai have also started from Pushkar by Indian Airlines. The nearest railway station for Pushkar is Ajmer, which is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India. There are daily trains from Delhi in the morning. Pushkar is 11 km from main Ajmer bus stand. Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur. There are buses from Jaipur to Ajmer every 15 minutes, some nonstop. Private cars could also be hired.
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