Pushkar Travel, Rajasthan, India

Pushkar view from a hilltop overlook, Rajasthan, India

Pushkar and the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India seen from the Saraswati Temple.

Why Pushkar travel?

One of India’s oldest towns, created by Lord Brahma according to legend, this is also one of the five most sacred sites in the Hindu religion, and consequently hosts a good number of foreign tourists, but also Hindi pilgrims travelling to worship at one of the temples in the town (especially the unique Brahma temple) and bathe in the sacred lake as well as Rajasthani rural folk coming to trade camels and party in November’s Camel Fair.

Pushkar and Pushkar sacred Lake, Rajasthan, India

Pushkar panorama.

Pushkar sights

Pushkar bathing ghats, pilgrims dunking in the sacred lake, Rajasthan, India

The bathing ghats and pilgrims dunking in the sacred lake. Photo by Jeremy Richards.

Pushkar's Brahma Temple at festival time, India

Pilgrims enjoying a get-together at Brahma temple.

Pushkar woman, town and lake view, Rajasthan, India

A local woman walking alongside the sacred lake. Photo by Dennis Richardson.

Unfortunately, due to the excessive number of visitors and facilities necessary to look after them, the town’s environment is gradually collapsing. Local authorities made matters worse a few years ago by attempting to expand the lake. Instead, the waters disappeared completely.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan, India

The Pushkar Camel Fair. Photo by Jeremy Richards.

In October/November the desert around this small Rajasthan town provides a magnificent setting for the world’s largest camel fair. In addition to trading, camels are examines, paraded and raced while a circus entertains visitors.

Getting There

Flights: the nearest airport is Jaipur’s Sanganer, with many flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaisalmer and Udaipur.

Rail: Trains run to nearby Ajmer from all over Rajasthan but most importantly to/from Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Bikaner, Delhi and Mumbai.

Bus: Buses go there from main Rajasthani towns and cities, as well as from Delhi.

Car/Taxi: it’s an easy drive from Jaipur of 143 kms or Jodhpur 197 kms.