Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pushkar Rajasthan

 Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Itis one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) for devout HindusPushkar is one of the oldest existing cities of India. It lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. The date of its actual origin is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation.Among many temples at Pushkar the most famous among all is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century CE, there are very few Brahma temple in the world due to the curse on Brahma by his first wife.
    The Pushkar lake has 52 ghats where pilgrims descend to the lake to bathe in the sacred waters.
Pushkar is also famous for its annual fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) held in November  (wikipedia) 

Though we had  only had two days to spend at Pushkar,am glad we went there.The contrast of Delhi to Pushkar was amazing, it could be because of the off peak season but still the calm atmosphere, the dessert, the camels and the holy city left a remarkable mark on us.
Sharing few pics below
        Sunset at Pushkar during our camel cart ride. 

Near Pushkar lake, surrounded by Temples and Priests 

The Colourful Rajasthani Turbans 

Shoes are not allowed in the temple and near the lake, so almost everywhere there are shops providing you counters to keep your shoes safe and to buy roses or sweets to take to the temple.

Taking pics of the sunset with our camel ride

The Colours looked magnificent in the sunlight .

After spending couple of hours with Camel "Raja" we headed towards "Aroma" local Restaurant. Would very well recommend if you are visiting Rajasthan please try out one of the local cuisine "Dhal Bahti"

One of my friend recommended "Ananta Spa and Resorts" in Pushkar for our night stay and it was worth it. The architecture complimented the surroundings very well and one off, visits by monkeys was thrilling.
You can have a good buffet breakfast but for rest of the time eat out to try local food.

I simply fell in love with this corridor, my friends made couple of videos, the effect was amazing. Will share the link soon,teaser below.

Shopping at Pushkar or anywhere in Rajasthan is almost equivalent to stepping into fantasy world.The market to buy local art and craft details is not big but does provides one with ample of choices.But one thing you need to be aware of is the gap between rich and poor is drastically increasing in India, thus seeing tourist there is a hope in local eyes to get extra cash. There are loads of local folk musicians, kids, auto drivers and taxi drivers ready to follow you everywhere for money or sadly ruin your experience while asking you for more and more.

Camel leather goods,silk scarves,bangles and many more!! no secrets we did go crazy buying.

                          Local shopkeeper offered us tea after buying loads of camel leather bags from him

 On our way back rushing towards Ajmer Railway station to catch Train to Delhi, our Taxi driver was kind enough to stop near the view point where we couldnt help but take our cameras out to click "Ajmer". Next visit Ajmer and Udaipur on the list.Maybe next time will try living in the dessert for a night:-)

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