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Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the earth, so say the epics and Pushkar floated to the surface. This pond-sized Hindu pilgrimage town is a magical desert-edged place, with one of the worlds few Brahma temples. Rows of sacred ghats front a mystically magnetic lake, where hundreds of milky-coloured temples and weather-touched domes sit beneath a shifting, pale grey sky. 

Smooth operators abound though, as dodgy priests try to outwit pious pilgrims who are intoxicated by God or bhang (marijuana) but are either way enchanted by this much feted low-rent paradise. Try to play the part in Pushkar no booze, meat, eggs or kissing or risk offending what you came here to admire.

Pushkar is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage sites for devout Hindus). It is often called "Tirth Raj" - the king of pilgrimage sites - and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists.

Pushkar is one of the oldest 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. It is mentioned that Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have a glimpse of  Vishnu.

What is striking about the famous Brahma Temple of Pushkar is that it is said that Lord Vishnu, himself choose the location of where he wanted his temple to be and is often called as the 'King of the sacred places of the Hindus'. Dating  back to the 14th century, the temple is believed to be 2000 years old and was even destroyed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb as he wanted to turn whole India into an Islamic state. Though soon after his death, the temple was brought back to its glory and is considered one of the holiest places. So visit this for a spiritual upliftment!

Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar Camel Fair. We have a wonderful "Discover Pushkar" Tour to take you to Pushkar.


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