Pushkar Lake
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
Located in the small town of Pushkar in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, The Pushkar Lake is one of the most prominent spots of pilgrimage as well as the site of the world famous Pushkar Fair. Encircled by numerous temples and ghats (bathing spots), the lake draws thousands upon thousands devotees every year to its threshold, to gain spiritual distinction and attain salvation by taking a dip in its holy waters. As the Kartik (Oct-Nov) month descends, the site becomes the focus of soulful devotion and pilgrimage as auspiciousness of this time is highly emphasized in Hindu sacred texts. At the same time, Pushkar Fair wonderfully exhibits the vibrancy of Rajasthan with exotic colors, dishes, dance, cattle fair and numerous entertaining contests and competitions. With amazing spiritual atmosphere, Pushkar Lake remains the site of timeless reverence and spirit.
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  • FHTR In Rajasthan
    Jaipur, India248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pushkar Lake: Spiritual Tranquility Amidst Tradition
    Surrounded by temples and ghats, it holds a spiritual significance. The ambiance is peaceful, and a walk around the lake allows you to soak in the essence of the town. The annual camel fair adds a unique charm, making it a place to witness local life and traditions. It's a place that evokes a sense of spirituality and cultural authenticity.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
  • FHTR In Rajasthan
    Jaipur, India248 contributions
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    Pushkar Lake's Spiritual Charm
    A tiny town surrounding a lake, Pushkar in Rajasthan is an enchanting place to visit. According to mythology, a lotus flower fell from Lord Brahma's hand, creating this lake. Many temples surround the water, with colorful ghats (steps) leading down for bathing rituals. While the architecture isn't grand, the atmosphere is truly special. Witnessing sunrise over the calm water and pilgrims performing puja (worship) is a humbling experience.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 2, 2024
  • Dr. Hemant Prakash
    Jodhpur, India2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wetland of Pushkar
    The lake at Pushkar has an incredible historical and religious significance. It finds mention in several sacred Hindu Texts and sources and is primarily associated with Lord Brahma, who is considered the creator of the Trinity of Gods-Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. According to most versions of the legend associated with the lake, when Lord Brahma killed the demon Vajranabha, three petals of His divine lotus fell in three parts, creating springs in their place, known as Pushkar. Later on, Brahma also performed a yagna at the place. However, at the end of this ritual, he was cursed by his first wife that, he would be worshipped at this spot only. The archeological dating of the lake measures that the lake existed even in the 4th century BC. In later periods it was referred to in many sources- from the inscriptions at Sanchi to records of Chinese Traveler Fa Xian. Over the period, many Rajput rulers and local chiefs of Ajmer tried to restore the glory of Pushkar. The lake lost significance only during the brief period of Mughal rule except during the reign of Akbar.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written April 30, 2024
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carys d
Llangollen, UK115 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a spectacularly beautiful place, but be warned if you’re Western looking you’ll be spotted immediately as fresh meat. Aggressive men who proclaim to be priests will forcefully push marigolds and petals into your hand. Next thing you’ll be doing prayers and rituals by the lake and you’ll be asked for 10,000 RPs. That’s right! 10,000. We tried to resist and the man got v. V. Aggressive. In the end we gave him 200 to get him off our backs and he said it was for a donation for the poor. It went straight into his pocket then he tried to tap us for a contribution for his family. Unbelievable. There were gangs of men all doing the same thing. Once you pay them they give you a red string and it acts like a sign bracelet to leave you alone. This whole thing felt like shameful practice. Definitely not holy and we saw nothing like this in Varanasi. Take care.
Written January 19, 2020
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Simon33715
Tierra Verde, FL21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The visit here was recommended by our guide in Jaipur and is just off the road between Jaipur and Agra. It’s apparently a very holy place for Hindus, so, as non-believers, we viewed it through very different eyes. When we arrived, we were “handed over” to a guide, to whom our driver had given a payment, who took us through streets of numerous souvenir stalls to some terraces (for sitting) overlooking a relatively small and foul-smelling man-made lake. We sat down at the guide’s behest and he started explaining it was a place to go to think of people close to you and make wishes. It was suggested we do so and, at this point we decided it wasn’t of interest to us and decided to leave. It was then that the main agenda became very clear. On the way down, we had passed numerous, very large concrete collection trunks in the middle of the streets, but, on our return, before reaching them, it was suggested we went to an “accounts office” to make a (presumably large) donation. Our refusal didn’t go down well. We were then accosted all the way back to the car by people demanding payments, on one occasion, aggressively. When we arrived back to the car, we gave the “guide” what we considered to be a large tip, but, as we were about to leave the car park, he accosted our driver and we were effectively forced to give him a much larger amount, out of all proportion to the half hour we spent with him. We wonder how much was donated to the “good cause” – as one had to question with all the “donations”. If you’re not a faithful Hindu, we strongly recommend giving this place a miss, it was the only place we visited in our month touring Inda that we regret visiting.
Written December 12, 2022
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Russell
Melbourne, Australia746 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My wife and I visited the Holy Lake as part of a Golden Triangle tour with the TripaDeal group in February.

The time we visited, it was very quiet, with only a few people bathing in the water. Hard to believe millions gather here later in the year! We had a a guide with us, who arranged for a local priest to meet us at the edge of the lake and give our group a blessing.

A must visit place.
Written March 14, 2020
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Soumya C
Bengaluru, India166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The sacred Pushkar Lake is described as 'Tirtha Raj', the king of all pilgrimage sites. No pilgrimage is considered complete without a dip in in the holy lake. Semi-circular in shape and about 8-10 metres deep, Pushkar Lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats and over 400 temples, and is truly a magnificent sight to behold. The pure and pious aura of the place is amusing and is a must visit place if you want to know the gist of Hindu religion. Best time to visit is early morning Between 4:30 Am to 6:30 AM. Post 7 AM the this place get bit crowded. The entry to the ghats is free. One take take bath in any of the ghats but preferably in the designated ares where there is shallow. The danger zones are flagged red. One can perform various rituals there. Photography is strictly prohibited in few places. The best part is the evening aarti which happens 30 mins after sunset. this is not to be missed. It gives a very sacred and pious feeling. The place is also well known for Yoga and Meditation.
Written January 11, 2020
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Aarthi I
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India119 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Though we were told this place would be clean and the ghats etc are all clean and well maintained. Even the lake seemed to be dirty. This could also be because of Covid as there werent too many people also, we found this to extremely dirty, with cattle dung everywhere, open ditches and cold and wet. The Aarti , I thought would be mesmerizing, turned out to be completely the opposite. The lake ghats can accommodate a lot of people, but the time we went there weren't many. The Aarti was also a lowly affair without much fanfare.

The brahma temple is walking distance from here. The point to note, which noone told us was that girls below 10 and women above 65 aren't allowed inside the temple. If we had known this we could have planned better with the family. So overall a disappointment.
Written January 10, 2021
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Allesistschon
Brooklyn, NY178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The circuit on foot around the beautiful lake is enlightening both spiritually and socially. You pass countless shrines and small temples that give some sense of the intense spirituality of the place. You also have to work through a series of streets filled with shops and hawkers trying to sell you something. If you’re not interested in buying or being blessed or giving money or whatever, you can make your way through this fine by just adopting a firm stride and avoiding eye contact.
Written January 21, 2020
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John C
Metung, Australia121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Pushkar lake was originally caused, it is said, by the Gods throwing down a lotus flower which formed the lake. For hundreds of years funeral ashes were placed in the water but gradually made it very dirty. 109 years ago the lake was drained and deepened and is now beautiful to see. The houses are built down to the water and ring the lake. Oh and no more ashes! Do visit
Written March 7, 2020
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Vikas Singh
Ghaziabad, India4,144 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The top attraction of Pushkar it is very poorly maintained. Some years back the ghats and the lakes were cleaned. However lack of discipline amongst the visitors and the practice of throwing waste in the lake has made the lake polluted. There is a pathway all around the lake. It could be a good idea to cover the entire lake going through the various bathing ghats and having a look at some stunning architecture. The entire lake can be covered in under two hours. Even though photography is prohibited at some ghats you can take pictures but be sensitive to the locals.
Written April 2, 2020
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VIPIN_GOEL_TP_Impex
New Delhi, India7,886 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We parked our car in the street after one priest halted our car. We paid him Rupees fifty to show and explain us about the lake and Shri Bhamha ji temple. We told him not to any puja here. We walked to Badri Ghat near to where we parked our car. The person explained us the significance of the place. He asked us to do puja with ten rupees, we refused. It should be done, otherwise, they put you in a trap to spend some money. Several families were taking bath here. We just cleaned our face and hands with the holy water and took some pictures of the lake. Take care of Black monkeys here. We spend some time in the cool breeze blowing there even at 12 noon. While bathing, take care of the Mosses (Kai in Hindi) grown on the steps in the lake. You may slide deep in the lake. Being holy religious place the place is frequented by devotees and is a must visit place. There are several ghats around the lake. One can sit and bath at all ghats.
Written August 19, 2022
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Alana G
Melbourne, Australia32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The lake and it’s surroundings display a peaceful and unique vibe. The white buildings that surround the lake are very charming despite being fairly basic and dirty. The sunset point is a great place to watch the sunset and the evening prayers were fascinating to view. Be careful of the locals constantly trying to obtain money from you though.
Written January 3, 2020
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