Pilgrimage to Pushkar

Pilgrimage to Pushkar

Pushkar, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is 130 kilometers southwest of Jaipur. The population of Puskar is about 15,000. The city of Ajmer (400,000) is 13 kilometers to the south. A scenic road from Ajmer to Puskar winds up and over Snake Mountain. The elevation of Puskar 1,500 feet above sea level helps create a moderate climate during Rajasthan’s stiffling hot season.

When to Go: September-March.

How to Get There: Jaipur is easy to get to from many cities by air, rail, or bus. From Jaipur take a train or bus to Ajmer or a bus to Puskar. Jodhpur, another major city in Rajasthan, is about 230 kilometers from Puskar.

Where to Stay: For its many visitors, Puskar has plenty of hotels. The state of Rajasthan runs the comfortable Sarovar Tourist Bungalow, pleasantly situated on the banks of the lake. If you plan to go during Kärttika Pürëimä (and the camel fair), reserve several months ahead. During the fair the Rajasthan government provides comfortable lodging for tourists in tents. To reserve either a tent or a room at the Sarovar Tourist Bungalow, write to Central Reservation Office, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, Ltd., Chanderlok Building, 36 Jan Path, New Delhi 110 001, India. Ajmer, a short bus-ride to Puskar, also has many hotels.

Where to Eat: Restaurants in Puskar are allowed to serve only vegetarian food. The Brahmä temple has its own restaurant, known as the R. S. Restaurant.