Located in the heart of Rajasthan in North India, Pushkar is considered one of the holiest cities in the subcontinent. Around a beautiful lake , a local legend says that Lord Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the ground and Pushkar blossomed on the surface. Hundreds of pilgrims travel to Pushkar throughout the year to bathe in the holy waters and be absolved of their sins.
Despite being slightly larger than a village, Pushkar has more than 500 temples , including the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma, the creator of the universe in the Hindu religion. Days can be spent drifting through the markets, absorbing Rajasthani culture and sipping sugar tea in cafes and shops. The markets have everything from brightly colored handmade clothing to jewelry and books. Don’t be afraid to haggle.
A must see while you are in Pushkar is the desert . Book a camel tour and spend a night in a camp. The desert is a couple of hours away by car and when you arrive you will feel like the only person who has reached that place. Remember to take some blankets if you are going to spend the night there since the nights are very cold. November is an especially good month to visit the area as the Pushkar fair takes place.
This is the largest cattle fair in the world. Camels are traded, and even beauty contests are made with them. As Pushkar is a holy city, local rules prohibit street smoking, alcohol consumption and wearing little clothing.