"Colourful Oasis" Pushkar by josephescu

Pushkar Travel Guide: 191 reviews and 788 photos

For the hindus, Pushkar is a holy little town, centered on a sacred lake that, according to legend, appeared at the spot where Lord Brahma dropped a lotus flower from the sky, which has made it an important Hindu pilgrimage site. Almost 400 milky coloured temples and many pale onion domes curl around the lake, among them, one of the few Brahma temples in the world.

On an international level, Pushkar is famous for its colourful camel fair, which takes place every October/November and attracts thousands of tourists.

All in all, Pushkar is a touristy destination, situated on the edge on the desert, with narrow lanes lined with shops, rooftop restaurants, small budget guesthouses outnumbering the temples and many, many pushy touts around “the lake”. Despite its high tourist profile, the town maintains some mystical charm which, accompanied with the “no motor traffic” in the centre, makes it a pleasant retreat before the next hop.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:colourful and trafficless
  • Cons:touts & "no photo policy" at the ghats
  • In a nutshell:muddled match of religious and tourist scenes
  • Last visit to Pushkar: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Sep 16, 2007
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  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Love the pictures of this hotel...funny! Planning a trip to India later...you been to great places!

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