Top 8 Things to do at the Pushkar Mela
Situated to the northwest of Ajmer in Rajasthan, is the serene city Pushkar, the place with abundance of culture and tradition. It is nestled at a height of 510 meters and is bordered by hillocks on three sides.
Pushkar is home to a legacy of architectural heritage and pulls a wide range of tourists.
1. Pushkar is a small town located at the edge of Thar Desert. The famous Pushkar Lake is bordered by 52 bathing ghats. Pilgrims here throng in large numbers to take a sacred bath, especially around Kartik Poornima. This is also when the Pushkar Fair is held. A dip in the sacred lake is believed to cure skin diseases and cleanse sins. There are more than 500 Hindu temples are located around the lake precincts.
Watching the Arti is a beautiful experience.
2. The rugged yet splendid landscapes of Rajasthan never fail to amaze. Every city in the state is beautiful in its own way. The mesmerizing sights and sounds make you experience the rich and profound tradition.
Sunset camel safaris are a beautiful way to soak the spirit of Rajasthan. Sandy fields, small dunes, lovely hills and add to this the captivating sunrises and sunsets. Similar to camel safaris are the fun and adventurous jeep safaris in the countryside. Needless to say, the thrill of these safaris is a must-to-do while touring the beautiful state of Rajasthan.
3. Pushkar is home to numerous attractions. Among the famous ones are Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Gurudwara Singh Sabha and Varaha Temple. Pushkar Lake, described as ‘Tirtha Raj’ is the king of all pilgrimage sites. People from far and beyond come to take a dip in the holy lake. The days around the full moon are considered to be the most propitious for taking bath in the lake.
4. Visit Ajmer Sharif or Khawaja Gharibnawaz Dargah Ajmer, the famous pilgrimage dedicated to Moinuddin Chishti. Located in Ajmer, approximately 20 km from Pushkar, it is considered to be among the holiest Muslim shrines in India.
5. The busy and bustling market of Pushkar is home to beautiful handicraft items. If handicrafts are your thing, make sure to check out the beautiful handicrafts at the fare especially at the Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar.
Pushkar is also home to a diverse range of cafes and restaurants offering varied cuisines like Italian, Spanish and Israeli food. Some of these cafes offer a brilliant view of the sunset.
6. One can go for various traditional activities and competitions at the pushkar stadium. A wide range of fun and interesting activities in the Mela dominate the scene and attract tourists. Harmony Marathon, Langri Taang, Kabaddi, Dance Contest and football matches are some of the activities in Pushkar Mela. You can also play numerous rural sports like Volleyball and Rassa Kashi at the Mela.
One can also go for ropeway ride to the temple top.
7. If you are a photographer then Pushkar is your place. The entire town especially the mela ground is a happy hunting ground for your shoots.
8. A cultural extravaganza that it is, the festival marks excellent performances by entertainers including musicians, dancers, acrobats, magicians etc. The city is in a festive mood. Some of the main attractions that one shouldn’t miss are temple dancing, arts and crafts bazaar and folk and classical music.
Hot air balloons where one gets to experience and enjoy the sight of the mela from the sky in a hot air balloon.
Pushkar fare is truly an experience of a lifetime. With abundance of cultural activities on one hand, and beautiful nature on the other, the fare offers you a chance to soak the true spirit of Rajasthan, a state known for its beauty and vividness all across. The demand for accommodation options during the Mela is always high. One can opt for desert tents, simple guest houses, heritage and royal hotels or farm stays.
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