Pushkar Sightseeing - Pushkar Sightseeing Attractions & Temples of Pushkar
Worldwide Pushkar is world famous for its annual Pushkar Fair but there is much more to see at Pushkar then Just the Pushkar Fair, if you are looking for Sightseeing in Pushkar or things to do in Pushkar there are enough activities and attractions to keep the Visitor busy, Sightseeing attractions include the Temples and ghats of Pushkar, activities like camel safaris, Hot Air Balooning are also preffered by the visitors visiting Pushkar, we can organise sightseeing tours of Pushkar for our
guests and arrange for you to visit the various attractions in Pushkar and Places of interest and sightseeing around Pushkar.
Hot Air Ballooning in Pushkar
The best time to go Hot Air Ballooning in Pushkar is at the time of Pushkar Fair, when the weather is pleasant and Pushkar, its Ghats and mela grounds bustling with activities of both men and beast. Winter months provide the most reliable conditions for hot Air Balooning, though ballooning is offered September through March in India. However seat in basket ballooning passenger flights are only offered at Pushkar during the Pushkar Fair. At other times, the Hot Air Balloon rides can be chartered. Travel Shastra can arrange Hot Air Ballooning at Pushkar for guests who have booked their India Tours through them. For further enquires on your Tours to India please send us an email at Sales@travelshastra.com.
Tourists can explore the rugged terrain of the Great Indian Desert of Thar using camels. The Aravallis are one of the world's oldest mountain ranges. Pushkar is surrounded by sandy fields, small dunes, beautiful hills and offers ample opportunities to witness mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets.
The camel safaris in Pushkar will take you to destinations where you will witnesses small villages along the way and watch village folk go about their life, during crop harvesting, the views are exceptionally enticing. Camel safaris are also available at Bikaner and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The winter months of October March are best suited for camel safaris. Travel Shastra can arrange camel safaris at Pushkar , Bikaner & Jaisalmer for guests who have booked their India Tours through them. For further enquires on your Tours to India please send us an email at Sales@travelshastra.com.
The prime attraction of Pushkar is the Pushkar Lake , water of this lake is considered sacred like the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. Pushkar has become a place of Hindu pilgrimage because of this holy lake and Legend of Lord Brahma,. Legend has it that this lake was consecrated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe when a lotus dropped from his hand into the valley and a lake emerged there The Pushkar lake is surrounded by many important Hindu temples and .52 ghats where pilgrims descend to the lake to bathe in its sacred waters.
Pushkar is dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe according to Indian mythology, It is said that Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years. Pushkar has many temples.. The most famous among all is the Brahma Temple not because of its grandiose architecture or opulence but because it is dedicated to Brahma. Today Just a few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma exist world wide they are at Bithoor in Uttar Pradesh -,village Asotra near Balotra city of Barmer district in Rajasthan , Besakih in Bali and Prambanan in Indonesia.The most important temple is the one at Pushkar.
The temple has a tall Red painted spire very synonymous with Indian temple architecture The marble patterned floor of this temple has British Era pure silver rupee coins embedded, many of them today just resemble shining silver disks as they have worn out over time. There is also a silver turtle ( Kurma) on the floor of temple ,according to the Hindu mythology, during the great churning of the oceans by the gods and demons to produce the Amrit “The Ambrosia of Eternal Life” the tortoise is said to have acted as the fulcrum. The Brahma idol is housed in Garbha Griha or the sanctum sanctorum.of the temple. This Four Headed Statue of Brahma was installed by Maharaja Jai Singh -II of Jaipur in 1727.
This temple is located on top of the Ratnagiri hill the highest hill around the Pushkar lake, it is dedicated to Savitri, the enstranged wife of Lord Brahma. The temple houses a statue of the Goddess Savitri was Bhramas first wife and was greatly annoyed with Brahma who took on Gayatri as his second wife to perform a Yagna, according to legend she cursed him never will he be worshiped by anyone else. Later both the wives resolved their differences and asked for boons for their husband. Women devotees pray here for the long life o their husbands.
This fortified temple is the largest and the most ancient of temples at Pushkar. Varaha The Boar is said to be the third avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that the Varaha rescued the earth from depths of the primeval water, where it had been dragged down by a demon. The present day temple was rebuilt by the Hada Rao Chatrasal of Bundi the original temple and the Idol of the diety destroyed repeatedly by the armies of Ghazni and subsequently by Jehangir and Aurangzeb.
The Ranganath Venugopal Temple
This temple also referred to as the Old Rang-Jee temple in Pushkar was built in 1844 by Seth Puranmal Ganeriwal of Lakshmangarh of Shehawati. The main diety of the temple is the four armed Venugopala (Krishna) made out of the Black Kadappa stone from Tamil Nadu , his statue is e is flanked by statues of Ruhkmani and Satyabhama The temple architecture is a mix of the Gopurams and the Shikharas of the South Indian style of temple architecture merged with arches and Jharokas and was the first temple of the Ramanuja sect in Rajasthan.
Located on the Northern peak of Pushkar, the Paapmochini Temple or the Temple where all sins are absolved is associated with ‘Gayatri “ the Gujjar girl who Brahma married to perform a Yagna instead of waiting for his wife Savitri. The temple is also known as Gayatri Peeth. The temple offers the most spectacular and panoramic view of Pushkar Town The temple is also associated with the legend of Ashvathama the cursed son of Dhronacharya who was cursed by Lord Krishna to roam the world endlessly for 3000 years.