The holy city of Pushkar is named after Blue Lotus in Hindi, ought to be one of your destinations during your North India tour. Pushkar is best visited in November during the 2 weeks of the world famous Pushkar Camel Fair that takes place on new dates each year.
Pushkar is one of the oldest towns in India and is usually included in most Rajasthan tour packages. Legend has it that this city rose to the surface when Lord Brahma, one of the 3 main deity of Hinduism, dropped a lotus on the surface of the Earth.
Pushkar Lake or Pushkar Kund is considered sacred while the temple of Brahma located here is the oldest and the only temple dedicated to this deity in the world. In addition, Pushkar is one of the main pilgrimage sites in India and is often called "Tirth Raj", meaning the king of pilgrimage.
The Pushkar Camel Fair
If you're planning a north India tour in October-November, then check the dates for the Pushkar Camel Fair and be sure to spend a few days there. The fair is for 10 days and most of the animal trading takes place in the first 7 days, which is the real experience of the tour, the last 3 days for religious ceremonies. If you have only 1 or 2 days then best days to visit are in the middle of the fair.
It is considered one the largest fairs in the world and over 400,000 people attend the festival. The fair will give you a chance to experience the culture and cuisine of Rajasthan firsthand.
Apart from the traditional trading of camels you'll get an unadulterated view into rural Rajasthan and its incredible display of folk dances and music.
On the banks of the Pushkar Lake, you can get a good bargain on clothes, bracelets, textiles and brightly coloured fabric. At other hubs such as Kedalganj bazaar, Baza bazaar and Sarafa bazaar you can find leather goods, pottery, embroidered clothes and costume jewellery. So come prepared to carry home a colourful array of mementoes and souvenirs.
They say a dip in the Pushkar Lake ensures salvation and cures ailments, so this is why you'll find thousands of pilgrims flocking to this location during the ritual of kartik purnima. You can also visit the many temples with their weather-touched domes some of which includes the Savitri, Varah, Mahadeva and Ramavaikunth temples.
You can join the pilgrims in their ritual bathing and breathe in the mystical magnetism of the sacred ghats as you enjoy this stop over on your Rajasthan Tour.
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