Our next after Udaipur was Pushkar and I totally loved it. Pushkar (Hindi: पुष्कर) is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer at an average elevation of 510 m (1,670 ft) and is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) for devout Hindus. According to Hindu theology, the pond at the Katas Raj temple Near Choa Saidan Shah in Chakwal District of Pakistan has a theological association with Shiva; it was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva which he is believed to have shed after the death of his wife, Sati. The story goes that when Sati died, Shiva cried so much and for so long, that his tears created two holy ponds – one at Pushkara in Ajmer in India and the other at Ketaksha, which literally means raining eyes, in Sanskrit. It is from this name that the word Katas is derived. It is often called “Tirth Raj” – the king of pilgrimage sites – and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists.
The Ancient History says according to legend, Brahma was in search of a place for Mahayagna and he found this place suitable. After a long time, Brahma came to known that a demon, Vajranash, was killing people here so the Lord intoned a mantra on a lotus flower and killed the demon. During this process, the parts of flower fell on three places which were later known as Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar. After this Brahma performed a yagna to protect this place from demons.
Its a very long drive from Udaipur to Pushkar almost around 6-7 hours. The drive is really smooth since roads in Rajasthan is super clean and well maintained. It’s the cleanest and maintained roads that you will see and scenic beauty is also beautiful. Passing through mountains, farms and old small villages and to see men and women dressed in traditional attire make you think about the cultural value attached to the place. The town is located quite high in the mountain and you will find lots of resort and monkeys on your way. I have tried to capture what I could in the pictures especially the scenic beauty.
What I simply love about the place was the Pushkar market that takes you up to the Brahma temple. This lane is full of shops selling clothes, ornaments, books,Cds,God Idols almost everything. You will get amazing cafes and small time eating joints selling all foreign-inspired food. You can have falafel, wraps,rolls,pasta and that too super delicious. The most amazing thing is that this lane is full of foreigners, its like a meeting place for them. Roaming around, chit chatting, shopping, some dressed up completely in the indian outfit, If you remember the song ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Ram’ you would see that kind of hippies in here. I was totally in love with the vibe of it but unfortunately, since Ms.R had fallen sick we didn’t spend much time in here.
I could capture some picture of the town that you can see below.
Hope you like it!!