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.
Merta, a city in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district was once ruled by the brave Mertia Rathore Rajputs. This city is known for its historical grandeur and has witnessed many battles between various Rajput clans. Some of its nearby cities include Pipar, Phalodi and Jaitaran. There are many tourist attractions that include Mewra, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Khajwana and Degana.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels available in Merta. However, Ajmer which is 75 km away provides budget hotels for the travellers. Some of these are Hotel Regency (Tariff – Rs.651), Hotel Vaishali (Tariff – Rs.495), Hotel Sagar Paradise (Tariff – Rs.623) and Hotel Ajmeru (Tariff – Rs.526).
The languages spoken in Merta City are Rajasthani and Hindi.
The most celebrated festivals in Merta City are the Kite Festival in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Guru Purnima in July, Dussehra in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are interesting sightseeing locations around Merta. They are Kundal Talab which is a kilometer away, Charbhuja Temple (700 m), Moakalpur (12 km), Mewra (30 km) and Jhintiya, which is 25 km away from Merta.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Sawai Mansingh International Airport in Jaipur, which is 209 km away from Merta City.
The nearest railway station is the Merta Road Railway Junction, located 15 km away from the main city.
Merta City is connected by state-run and private buses from surrounding cities and states. There are several private bus operators that provide Volvo A/C buses to Merta from Jaipur. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling.