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Pushkar Lake

Pushkar is very famous of its holy Lake. Thousands of devotees visit Pushkar every year to take bath in this Holy river. 



Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were destroyed by Aurangzeb in the 17th century and subsequently rebuilt. The most famousi s the Brahma Temple, said to be the only temple in India dedicated to this deity. It's marked by a red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the bans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as the temple's site. The one hour trek up to the hilltop SavBri Temple overlooking the lake is best made early in the morning; the view is magnificent


Delwara Jain Temple


These beautifully carved temples built between 11th and 13th century A.D. are sheer elegance in marble, dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. The Vimal Vasathi temple is the oldest of these dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Built in 1031 A.D. (by Vimal Shah - A merchant and representative of the then Gujarat ruler), it is a superb example of temple architecture. The central shrine has an image of Rishabhdev and large courtyard with 52 small shrines, each housing a beautiful statue of thirthankaras with 48 elegantly carved pillars form the entrance to the courtyard.

Luni Vanshi Temple


This Temple is dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankara - Neminath, was built in 1231 A.D. by two brothers - Vastupal and Tejpal, Ministers of Raja Vir Dhawal, a ruler of Gujarat - belonging to the Porwal Jain Community. With door casings, pillars, architraves, and sculptures on porticos, the temple is a fine specimen of craftsmanship.


Pushkar - Excursion


Camel Safaris There are quite a few people in Pushkar who conduct camel rides and safaris. It's best to ask your hotel or a travel agent to recommend somebody who organises good safaris, or speak to other travellers. The usual price is Rs 25 per hour or Rs 200 per day, but you may even be able to bargain these down. Most organisers are happy to tailor-make a safari for you and have good suggestions about places of interest in and around Pushkar. Camel safaris are a great way of taking in the sights and experiencing the rugged beauty of. the desert. If it's your first time on a camel, take it easy and avoid galloping.


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Camel Fair

  The exact date on which the Camel Fair is held depends on the lunar calendar but, in Hindu chronology, it falls on the full moon of Kartik Pumima, when devotees cleanse away their sins by bathing In the holy lake. Each year, up to 200,000 people flock to Pushkar to the Camel Fair, bringing with them some 50,000 camels and cattle for several days of pilgrimage, livestock trading, and spirited festivities. There are camel races, street theatre and a variety of stalls selling everything from colourful skirts to tribal trinkets. The place becomes a flurry of activity with jugglers, musicians, comedians, tourists, traders, animals and devotees all converging on the small town. Ifs truly a feast for the eyes, so don't forget to bring your camera and plenty of film. Rajasthani folk music plays well into the night and the air is aromatic with Indian food. Although the place is transformed into somewhat of a carnival, the Camel Fair is taken very seriously by livestock owners, who come from all over the country with the sole intent of trading. A good camelcan fetch tens of thousands of rupees and is a vital source of income for many villagers. This fair is the only one of Hs kind in the world and has featured in numerous magazines, travel shows and films. The Rajasthan tourist office has promoted the fair as an international attraction by adding Rajasthan dance programmes and other cultural events, and by putting up a huge tent city for Indian and foreign visitors. Ifs one of India's biggest, most colourful festivals and is definitely worth attending.
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