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.
Shamalaji is a popular place for pilgrims in Gujarat. It has one of the largest temples in the Sabarkantha district which was built in the 11th century. It lies on the Udaipur-Ahmedabad highway and is so, is an easily accessible tourist spot. According to local folklore, this temple has been around since the Mahabharata. Many villages like Modhari, Sunsar, Napada, and Revdar were built around this temple.
Places to Stay
Since Shamalaji is a small town, it does not have many places to stay. Some of them are the Mangalmurthy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1500) and Hotel Meshwo (Tariff – Rs. 1200.)
The official language of Shamalaji is Gujarati. Hindi is also understood by a majority of people.
The important events in Shamalaji are Diwali in November, Navratri in October and the Kite festival in the month of January. The Shamalaji fair is held in the month of November for two weeks.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attractions in Shamalaji such as the Shamalaji temple that lies within the city and the Vishnu temple which is 8 km from the city. The Shyamalvan is a theme based garden near the temple and Devni Mori is an historical Buddhist site which is only 3 km away form town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Ahmedabad Airport. It is located about 107 km away from the town.
The Shamalaji railway station is well-connected to all major cities in India. There are daily trains from Shamalaji to Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Kota, and Kutch.
There are daily bus services to Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Surat from the Shamalaji Bus Stand. Shreenath Travels and Hari Hara Travels are one of the best bus operators in this area. You can get an online bus booking offers through TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website.