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Pushkar is a holy city in Rajasthan, India famous for its Brahma temple, lake, ghats, and bazaar.


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26°30′0″N 74°33′0″EMap of Pushkar Brahma Temple 26.4871574.554021 Pushkar Lake. Pushkar Lake is a beautiful, sanctified spot in the center of Pushkar. It is said to have been created by Lord Brahma and is therefore a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. The lake is surrounded by 52 different ghats, or series of steps, which Hindus use to descend to the lake for ritual bathing, especially in the month of Karthik.  Temples While there are many temples in Pushkar, the majority do not allow foreigners/non-Hindus to enter. If you are allowed in, you will have to take off your shoes to enter the temples. If you only have the desire/time to visit 2 temples, the one-of-a-kind Brahma Temple and the Savitri Temple, with a beautiful view of Pushkar Lake, are must-sees. 26.4902174.554952 Aptaeshwar Temple. A temple dedicated to Shiva with an underground component.  26.4897574.551093 Atmeshwar Temple. A beautiful Shiva temple.  26.4873574.548814 Brahma Temple. One of the very few temples in the world dedicated to Brahma. Read up on Hinduism to learn why this temple is such a rarity! No matter where you stay in Pushkar, you will hear the daily chanting ceremonies or aartis conducted here: One begins two hours before sunrise, one 40 minutes after sunset, and one 5 hours after sunset.  Pap Mochini Temple (A 30-minute walk north of Pushkar). A beautiful temple on a hill dedicated to Gayatri, one of the 2 consorts of Brahma. (updated Nov 2018) 26.488174.55875 Rangji Temple. A Vishnu temple built in South Indian style that is very different from other temples in North India. Poojas are performed here by Iyengars of Tamil Nadu.  Savitri Temple. Dedicated to Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma, this temple is the second-most important temple in Pushkar. It requires a climb of 650 steps to reach it, but the view at the top of Pushkar and the lake is worth the climb. Do it at sunrise!  Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple (Eastern edge of the town, 2-3 km from the lake). The Shiva temple is said to have been built by Pancha Pandavas. (updated Nov 2018) 26.4897574.551096 Varaha Temple. The oldest temple in Pushkar. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Not well maintained, but impressive due to its age and spiritual importance.  Palaces Man Mahal / Hotel Pushkar Palace, On Pushkar Lake. This beautiful palace was built as the guest house for Raja Man Singh I and has since been converted into the Hotel Pushkar Palace. 


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1 Do 1.1 Cooking classes 1.2 Yoga classes 1.3 Festivals Pilgrims bathing in Pushkar Lake Bathe in Pushkar Lake as it is much cleaner than the Ganges, though it does not meet water quality standards. Parikarma is the circumnavigation of a religious object - in this case Lake Pushkar. Join other pilgrims. Watch the evening prayers at Varah Ghat, a mesmerizing ceremony involving bells and lamps. Watch the aarti ceremonies at the Brahma Temple. The Hare Krishna chanting will likely wake you up anyhow, so go watch! See listing above regarding the Brahma Temple. Cooking classes Pushkar Cooking Art, Panch Kund Road (Near Hotel Ratan Haveli), ☎ +91-9414656185, e-mail: takshivani@yahoo.com.  Yoga classes Pushkar Yoga Garden, Vamdev Road (Next to Sikh Gurudawara and Green Park Resort), e-mail: pushkaryogagarden@gmail.com. Runs 4 classes per day, each 90 minutes in length. Courses deal with all aspects of yoga from stretching, workout, and philosophy. Students can stay with the family that runs the center and take classes every day. 90 minute class: ₹400.  Festivals Pushkar Camel Fair (November, during the full moon) - A 14-day fair visited by 400,000 people per year. Features over 11,000 camels, horses, and cattle. Many companies offer packages that include luxury tented accommodation. It is held during a holy time in the Hindu calendar and pilgrims will come not just for the fair, but to bathe in Pushkar Lake.