Pushkar in Sanskrit means blue lotus flower. It is derived from two Sanskrit words Pushpa and Kar, where Pushpa means flower and Kar- means hand. Pushkar word is derived from word ‘Pushkarni’ which means – Lake.
Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India. Legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation and considered as one of the most significant places of pilgrimage for Hindus.
With its sacred lake, Pushkar is an ancient holy place, like a beautiful mirage on the edge of the desert with temples, bathing ghats surrounding its holy lake. A Gurjar Pratihara, ruler of Mandore, Nahadarava, restored this tirtha (Holy Place) in the seventh century. He got the place cleared and the lake restored by making an embankment on the side of the river Luni. He rebuilt old palaces and built twelve Dharmashalas (resting places) and Ghats on three sides of the lake.
According to Indian mythology, after visiting all the Hindu pilgrim towns and temples (Four Dhams), if Pushkar is not visited for worship, then salvation is not achieved. Also, it is important for Hindus, as the only temple of Lord Brahma in India is in Pushkar.
Pushkar is also famous for its annual cattle fair held in November called pushkar fair. According to the Hindu calendar, Pushkar Fair starts on Nawami (ninth day of fortnightly phases of moon) and ends on Purnima (Full Moon Day) in the month of Kartika (October or November according to the lunar calendar).
During this auspicious positioning of the moon, Pushkar comes alive for two reasons – one religious and the other commercial. Thousands of devotees throng Pushkar at this time to take a holy dip in the lake. A town that remains dormant throughout the year bursts with joy during the fair.
Pushkar Fair attracts visitors from all over the world. There is music in the air, dance, celebration and colorful shops spring up during the fair. Village folk in multi-hued attire host cultural events against the backdrop of this joyous occasion. Puppet shows, camel decorations, camel races, cattle trading and bargaining are major attractions of the fair. Also, you will find the best Horses and camel in India here in the Pushkar fair market.
- Assistance upon arrival and departure
- Accommodation on Twin sharing basis as per itinerary listed above or similar
- Daily Breakfast + Dinner (only packed lunch will be provided during long day trips)
- Return airport transfer along with all sightseeing by Non Ac Innova / Xylo
- Inner line permits to the restricted area.
- Cost does not includes
- Airfares, items of any personal nature such as drinks, tips/ gratuities, etc
- Extra hotel nights due to flight cancellations, extra expenses incurred due to mishandled luggage, any insurance