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.
Raj Nagar is an area in the temple town of Madurai in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The city centre lies at a distance of 6 km south across the Vaigai river. Situated south of several small lakes, the Sirumalai Reserve Forest is not too far either and is located at a distance of 91 km north. Being in Madurai, temple enthusiasts will also love to visit the place.
Places to Stay
Madurai, as a city, has a couple of good budget hotels. Some of these places which deserve mention are MR International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Duke Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Taj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also understood in certain places such as hotels.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The area is not that remote, yet in terms of tourist sites, it has nothing much to offer. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the neighbouring urban hub of Madurai are Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Alagar Koyil and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport at a distance of 16 km.
The closest railway station is the Madurai Junction railway Station at a distance of 5 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are readily available from the centre of the city. The online bus ticket booking facility at Ticketgoose.com can save you a lot of time and energy.