Located 21 km north east of Ajmer, Pushkar is sacred to the Hindus. There is a general belief among Hindus that no pilgrimage to the Chardham would bear fruit unless one bathes in the Holy waters of Pushkar. The lake has legendary origins. It says that Brahma, the creator of universe, was once contemplating to locate a suitable spot on the earth to perform a Yagna (sacrificial ritual), the lotus fell from his hand & rebounding, stuck the earth at three places, water issued forth from all three places & the creator called all the three as Pushkar (lotus).
According to the mythology, he performed the Yagna at Jyestha (elder) Pushkar from Karthik Shukla Ekadashi to the Purnima. Hundred thousands of devotees assemble here during this period of the day 7 take bath on the last day which is Purnima (full moon) day, confers special blessings.
The Ghats of the lake are occupied by Vanshavalis – known professional keepers of geneology. Visitors squat by to know the names of their ancestors as the Vanshavalis leaf through their fat books to find from their records.
Another interesting feature are the studded coins in the floor of the temple, placed by devotees to commemorate the births and deaths of their loved ones. Overlooking the temple, up on the hills is Savitri Temple. The 19th century Mahadev Temple is noted for white marble image with its five faces and its nature of ornaments.
During the exuberant, cattle fair on the full moon night in November at Pushkar, the town is the place for performing special religious ceremonies and a holy bath along with festivities.
Travel to Pushkar and feel its spiritual ambience as well as enjoy the riot of color at the Pushkar Camel Fair, while staying at hotels in Pushkar, with India Rajasthan Tours.
The hotels in Pushkar are:
Pushkar Bagh : Pushkar Bagh is a very impressive hotel in Pushkar;located near the city this hotel treats its guests like kings. Carved out of pink sandstone it reflects the era that has been left behind.
Pushkar Fort : With a lot of greenery all around and spread over acres of land, Pushkar Fort is a beautiful hotel which highlights the splendors of a fort and nuances of a Rajasthani village. The fort provides traditional Rajput hospitality to its valued guests.
Hotel Gulab Niwas Palace : Hotel Gulab Niwas Palace is a heritage hotel in Pushkar. Located at a picturesque locale in Pushkar Gulab Niwas Palace hotel is a family run hotel with an elegant and luxurious atmosphere.
Jagat Singh Palace : The fabulous Jagat Singh Palace is strategically located in the center of the town and offers breath taking vistas of the surrounding sand dunes and the magical Snake Mountains.
Pushkar Resort : One of the best resorts of Pushkar- Pushkar Resort is a family run resort set on a huge area of 15 acres. It provides the guests with a tranquil resort environment with peace and serenity all around it.
Royal Camp : It was in the 17th century that the concept of Royal Camps came up. The Mughal Emperor, Jehengir used to set up royal camp sites when coming back from battlefields. After him this tradition was followed by the kings who came later on to go for hunting or gatherings.
Hotel Pushkar Palace : Hotel Pushkar Palace is set in an enchanting picture postcard setting located on the bank of a Shimmering lake. This is a landmark hotel of Pushkar.
Royal Desert Camp : Royal Desert Camp is an exclusive desert camp located in the sand dunes of Pushkar which is set up during the world famous Pushkar Fair which is held every year.
Hotel Pushkar Resort : Hotel Pushkar Resort is by far the best hospitality property in the whole of Pushkar. It is a family-run resort and over the years this remarkable resort has carved a niche for itself.
Master Paradise : Master Paradise in Pushkar is beautifully located at a short walk from the main market of Pushkar. It is 15 km from the city of Ajmer and 145 km from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.