Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is situated 14 km northwest of Ajmer and is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) for devout Hindus. It is often called "Tirth Raj" – the king of pilgrimage sites. Pushkar is one of the oldest existing cities of India. The date of its actual founding is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation. It lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake.
Places to Stay
Some of the good budget hotels in Pushkar are Hotel Goyal Inn (Tariff - Rs.850), Hotel Hill View (Tariff - Rs.950), Hotel Oasis Pushkar Tariff - Rs.500), and Hotel New Park (Tariff - Rs.1250).
Hindi is the official language in Pushkar.
Pushkar, with more than 12 local fairs and festivals of 10–15 days duration is a year round destination. Some of the popular fairs are Pushkar Fair (November), Nagaur Fair (February) , Tejaji fair ( August), Pushkar Camel Fair ( November)
Places to Visit
Some of the prominent places to see Pushkar include The Pushkar Lake (1kms) , The Brahma temple ( 1 kms), Apteshwar Mahadev temple ( 500 meters) and Savitri temple ( 2kms).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Pushkar is Sanganer Airport at Jaipur (146 kms).
Pushkar has a railway station that started operations in January 2012 and connects to the nearest large railway station, Ajmer. Ajmer railway station is the nearest railhead to Pushkar.
Pushkar is 11 kms from main Ajmer bus stand. Rajasthan Roadways runs very comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience to passengers traveling to Pushkar include Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC), Shri Rishabh Travels Delhi, Shrinath Travel Agency and Parshwanath Travels Ahmedabad and Kalpana Travels Pvt.Ltd. To make use of cheap bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com book your tickets in advance.
Jaisalmer, named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh is a small town in Rajasthan, and is dubbed ‘The Golden City’. It is located in the middle of the Thar Desert and is famous for the several temples and forts in and around the town. It gets its epithet from the yellow sand and sandstone that has been used used in the architecture of this area. It has a very rich Jain heritage, and there are many popular Jain temples in this town.
Places to Stay
Jaisalmer is a very popular tourist destination and thus has several good hotels. BRYS Fort Jaisalmer (Tariff – Rs. 5000), Chandra Nivas (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some of the well known hotels.
The official language of Jaisalmer is Hindi. Rajasthani is also spoken by the locals.
The most important event of Jaisalmer is the Desert Festival which is held in January or February. The best time to visit Jaisalmer is early in the year due to the climate.
Places of Interest
There are several places to visit including Jaisalmer Fort, pilgrimage centres like Lodarva, Amarsagar and Pokharan, Gadsisar Lake, Desert National Park, Sam Sand Dunes, Lanela, Akal Wood Fossil Park and Desert Culture Centre and Museum.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Jaisalmer is at Jodhpur (300 km).
Jaisalmer has its own railway station, and The Palace on Wheels has a designated stop there. Trains from Jaisalmer Railway Station are connected to Delhi, Jodhpur and Jaipur among other destinations.
There are daily bus services to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Bikaner. The most popular bus service is the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation. Private operators are also available. Get discount coupons for bus tickets to your favourite holiday destination by logging on to travel websites like Ticketgoose.com.