Welcome to Pushkar, Rajasthan : 1

We recently did a 3 day trip from Delhi to Pushkar, again a roadtrip.  Rajasthan has become a second home to me. Notwithstanding the fact that mountains will always be my first love, Rajasthan and its colours have continued to lure me and by now, I am totally trapped in its beauty and grandeur. The fine stretch of highway is yet other reason to keep on going back to Rajasthan. We started off with the trip early in the morning so that we can check in to our resort by noon.

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View from a cafe, overlooking the Pushkar Lake

Pushkar is around 430 kms from here, via the NH8. The route was a simple one-  Delhi- Behror -Jaipur By Pass – Pushkar.

Pushar is a town in Ajmer district of Rajasthan and is one of the sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus. The town lies on the shore of the Pushkar Lake, and legends state that Brahma created it. There are several temples in Pushkar, the one that I should mention here is the very famous Brahma temple.

The legend quoted in Wiki is the same as our guide stated.  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. The consort of Brahma, Saraswati, were needed to offer Ahuti for the yagna but she was not there that time so Gayatri, a Gurjar girl, was married to brahma and performed  yagna. This act made first wife of Brahma, Saraswati, angry and she cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only.

There is a huge Brahma temple in Pushkar  that attracts devotees from all across the world. Pushkar is also famous for the camel fairs it hosts every year that pulls photographers and travellers to capture the beautifully decorated camels standing against the sun and the clear blue sky. Its carnival time at Pushkar  when the camel fairs commence.

I initially thought that Pushkar was over hyped and had nothing much to offer as compared to the other places in Rajasthan. But I was wrong. Pushkar has that quaint charm that appeals to the heart and welcomes a traveller with wide open arms. Despite of being one of the sacred places that is always filled with devotees, it has a different side  that attracts backpackers and gypsys from across the world. There are cafes that play Himalayan trance and you can just sit and stare and enjoy the  calm and peace that the music extends to the wandering heart. Somewhere in the middle of the chaos and commotion of the maddening crowd, you can always find that little spot for yourself to dive into your thoughts and get lost in your soul.

Here I am sharing some pictures from the highway and Pushkar.  We went to an amazing café, but all about that and the resort in the posts to follow.

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The Lake

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Offerings

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You would spot shops like this all around the Pushkar Market

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Street Musician, music is really a drug

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Companion on the highway

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The never-ending companion

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When freight becomes freight 😛

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Stopped here for a break, awesome Paneer Pakodas

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My Fondest Memory

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