Pushkar is recognised as one of the most sacred cities in India. It is 14 km away from the city of Ajmer. This holy city finds its reference in the travelogue of Fa-Hien, a renowned 4th century Chinese traveller and in the writings of the period, when Mughals invaded India. An eminent Indian poet, Kalidas holds Pushkar in high-esteem in his famous work, Abhigyan Shakuntalam. This small city is home to over 400 temples and 52 ghats.
The Brahma Temple at Pushkar is one of the few temples in India, dedicated to Lord Brahma. The other famous temples in Pushkar are the Varaha Temple, the Aptaeshwar Temple and the Savitri Temple. The holy Pushkar Lake is another religious attraction of the place and has a legend behind its origin. According to the legend, Lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower. Consequently, three petals fell from that flower, of which one fell in Pushkar, where the holy lake came into existence. Millions of people take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake on Kartik Purnima (full moon), as it is a popular belief that it is the path to salvation. Pushkar is also popular for its fairs and festivals. Every year, in the month of November, the city hosts the world famous 'Pushkar Cattle Fair,' the largest cattle trade fair in the world. Besides the cattle trade, the fair also exhibits different aspects of the Rajasthani tradition and culture.
The best season to visit Pushkar is the winter season, when the temperatures range from 8°C to 25°C.
Travellers can also reach Pushkar by buses and taxis. The main bus stand at Ajmer is at a distance of about 14 km from here. Ajmer has a vast network of buses, linked directly to other main cities of Rajasthan and the national capital, New Delhi. Tourists can also avail services of deluxe, super deluxe and Volvo buses to Ajmer from Jaipur, Jaisalmer and New Delhi.