Pushkar - The Rose Garden of Rajasthan

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Known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world. Along with an interesting mythological history, a legacy of timeless architectural heritage makes Pushkar a fascinating city.

Places to visit in Pushkar:

Pushkar Lake

According to Hindu scriptures, the sacred Pushkar Lake is described as ‘Tirtha Raj’, the king of all pilgrimage sites. No pilgrimage is considered to be complete without a dip in in the holy Pushkar Lake. Semi-circular in shape and about 8-10 metres deep, Pushkar Lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats and over 400 temples and is truly a magnificent sight to behold.

Brahma Temple

Nestled in the picturesque Pushkar valley beyond the Nangaparvat and Anasagar Lake, the Brahma temple holds a special place in the hearts of Indians. It is the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. Built with marble and decorated with silver coins, this temple can be identified by its red spire and the image of a swan (considered sacred to Lord Brahma). 

Varaha Temple

Varaha temple is the largest and the most ancient temple of Pushkar. Constructed by the 12th century ruler, King Anaji Chauhan, this temple is dedicated to the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu as a wild boar. Legend has it that Varaha rescued the earth from depth of the primeval water, where it was dragged down by a demon (Hirnayaksh). It is one of the most visited temples in Pushkar.

Man Mahal

Considered to be the largest and the most luxurious royal residence built in the town, the Man Mahal is one of Pushkar’s major tourist attractions. It was constructed by Raja Man Singh-I as a guest house. Situated adjacent to the Pushkar Lake, the palace offers a breath-taking view of the lake and the temples surrounding it. Today, the palace functions as a heritage hotel. If you can’t afford a stay in this royal residence, you can always take a walk up to it and take a look at its exemplary architecture.

Naga Pahar

Naga Pahar, a hill that stands as the divider between Pushkar and Ajmer. If local legends are to be believed, the hill was once of a colossal height. But with time, its height began to diminish. The prevalent belief is that one day, the hill will completely disappear. Whether you believe in this or not, you won’t regret making a trip to the top of this mound. The fascinating view from the top will leave you mesmerized for sure! No wonder, photographers often make it a point to capture stunning views of the town below from this hill.        

Rose Garden

Pushkar is often referred to as the Rose Garden of Rajasthan due to the rose farming done there. You can take some time off and pay a visit to one of the rose farms and watch the lovely flowers in bloom. It will be a delight to take a look at the various varieties of rose plants filling up acres of farmland and spreading their fragrance. Roses from Pushkar are exported all over the world and they are enticing enough to make you want to spend some time in their company.

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