The small, sleepy town of Pushkar city should be a part of your holiday plan.
The Pushkar city has its charm and beauty as the Pink city (Jaipur) has when we think about the Rajasthan tour.
Me – So, are you thinking the same as what I am thinking?
You – Yeah, right! heading to Pushkar.
Our Guest Author in this post has highlighted the Top 10 things to do in Pushkar.
However, for an experience, a visit to Pushkar is a must. Despite being a tiny hamlet, there is quite a lot that you can do here.
Let’s see, things to do when you are in Pushkar.
Things to Do in Pushkar
1. Walk Around the Banks of the Pushkar Lake
Pushkar Lake is a popular attraction of this tourist town. Surrounded by temples and ghats, you can walk around its serene banks or take a dip in its holy water. This place is a pilgrimage site for the Hindus and sees a large gathering of devotees during the annual Pushkar Fair. Also, the evening aarti at the Varah Ghat is one that you ought to witness.
2. Visit the Brahma Temple
It is also famous for its one-of-a-kind Brahma Temple. Built from white marble, this temple is the only temple in North India dedicated to Lord Brahma, which makes it the top place to visit in Pushkar. The temple’s architecture is beautiful, and it is opened to visitors from dawn to dusk.
3. Naga Pahar
Also known as the ‘Snake Mountain,’ this hill separates the city of Ajmer and Pushkar. There is a cave here, which is believed to be the home of Saint (Sage) Agastya. There is also a lake here called the ‘Nag Kund.’ The best part, this hill offers you a splendid view of the entire city. Thus, making it a popular tourist destination in Pushkar, especially for photographers.
4. Rose Garden
Visiting the Rose Garden is one of the other things to do in Pushkar with your family. Not many are aware of the rose cultivation in Pushkar that is done on a large scale.
Here, you’d be able to see a wide variety of roses in different hues, most of which are exported around the world. So, for a quiet time amid beautiful environs, this is the place to visit.
5. Enjoy the Largest Camel Fair
One of the popular things to do in Pushkar is to be a part of the Largest Camel Fair in India. The unique Pushkar fair is hosted annually and is visited by national and international tourists alike. Resplendent with folk dance & traditional attire and various competitions, this is a lively cultural fair that’ll leave you spellbound.
Apart from trading, selling, and exhibition of livestock & cattle, tourists can also enjoy live music & dance performances. You can also shop to your heart’s content, and feast on delicious Rajasthani cuisine.
6. Man Mahal
Rajasthan is popular for its royal palaces & ancient forts, and Man Mahal is one such royal place that is situated in Pushkar city. Located close to the sacred Sarovar Lake, this palace is a glorious sight and a great example of Rajasthani architecture.
The palace is converted into a luxury hotel and is opened for tourists. So, if you want to live life like a royal, during your holiday, then a stay here is highly recommended.
7. Go on a Shopping Spree
If you want to shop for hand-crafted jewelry, apparel, and pottery, then Pushkar offers you a wide range of choices. The Sadar Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, and Baza Bazaar are the top places to visit in Pushkar for a shopping spree.
Things that you can buy here include clothes, leather footwear, artificial jewelry, antiques, home décor items, miniature paintings, and much more. Thus, make the most of your trip by shopping at these local shops that cater to all budgets and preferences.
8. Feast on Rajasthani Cuisine
Apart from the many sightseeing options and the Pushkar Fair, another thing it is quite famous for is the scrumptious Rajasthani cuisine. From Dal Batti Churma to Gatte ki sabzi to Laal Maas, the food of Rajasthan is delectable and mouth-watering. The best part, here, you can also savor a variety of sweets starting from Churma Ladoo, Gujia, Ghevar, etc.
9. Ajmer Sharif Dargah
For an all-around holiday experience, make sure to add the famous Ajmer Sharif Dargah to your itinerary. Located about 13 km away from Pushkar, the Ajmer Dargah is the resting place of the Sufi Saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti. It’s an important pilgrimage destination for Muslims.
For the adventurous soul, Pushkar offers thrilling activities such as hot air balloon ride, desert camping, camel & Jeep safari, trekking among others. Hot air balloon rides are famous during the Pushkar Fair as it gives you a 360-degree view of the entire city. The camel and Jeep safari take you through the golden dunes of the Pushkar desert, while camping allows you a chance to experience the wonders of luxury camps along with folk dance & musical performances.
It is a laidback holiday destination ideal for backpackers and families with children. It offers ample sightseeing options, and the best time to visit is between November and March. If you visit this place in November, you’d be able to witness the unique Camel Fair. While the main attraction here is Pushkar Lake.
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