Sunday 21 May 2017

Pushkar - The Holy City

Day 2 -

After a hearty breakfast, we booked a cab for Pushkar from our resort. We opted for Ola Rentals (Package - 4 hours and 80 Kms) and it was quite comfortable and convenient. 

Savitri Temple - 
It was approx 10:30 AM in the morning when we started our journey. In interest of time, we visited the Savitri temple first (First Wife of Brahma). It is situated on top of Ratnagiri hill and there are approx 1200 stairs to reach the temple. In addition to the stairs there is a ropeway too and we of-course opted for it. ;) 

Temple Timings - 5AM-12PM and 4PM-9PM

Tips - Do remember to cover the prasad as there are langurs near the temple and they would try all means to snatch the prasad.

RopeWay Tickets and Rates - 

Clicks@Savitri Temple-
Savitri Temple - Ratnagiri Hill

Pushkar Lake View from the Savitri Temple

View from the Savitri Temple

Brahma Temple Pushkar and The Sacred Pushkar Lake -
Later we proceeded to the Brahma temple. Jagatpita Brahma mandir is the only temple in India dedicated to lord Brahma situated at the pushkar lake. There is a legend to it. Temple holds the central images of Brahma and his second wife Gayatri. On Kartik poornima, a festival dedicated to Brahma is held and thousands of worshipers visit the temple, bathing in the sacred lake. Right behind the deity, there is a small window from where one can view Savitri temple. Later you can visit the Pushkar lake, also commonly known as sarovar for the holy dip and offer prayers.

Temple Timings - 6:30AM - 8:30PM and is closed from 1:30PM-3PM

Tips -
1. In case you plan for a holy dip, do remember to carry extra pair of clothes.
2. Beware of pickpockets until you are back to your base location. You will be followed by lots of beggars, ignore them and keep moving forward.
3. At the Sarovar (Pushkar lake), you will be approached by pandits for puja. Do ensure to make a deal of a fixed amount before hand for puja as they would end up asking for donation for pitrs (forefathers), food for cow, food for brahmins etc in the middle of it.
4. Malpua is the famous dessert of the city, do relish it.
5. In case you plan to go shopping, try bargaining hard. Also do buy the famous Gulkand (which is used in sweet pans) and also buy rose water.

Photo Gallery -

Clicks of Pushkar Bazaar -

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