Pushkar situated at a distance of about 11kms from Ajmer is a noted Hindu pilgrimage centre. This place known for its religious myths and faith is built around the sacred Pushkar lake. The holy lake has 52 ghats/bathing places, where pilgrims take ritual dip in the lake. The biggest attraction of the holy town is the temple of Brahma-the Lord of creation. The annual Pushkar fair held here on Karthik Poornima, is one of the largest cattle fair in the country. This place is flocked by Pilgrims and tradesman from different parts of the country. The fair today has become one of the major tourist attractions of the state. Camel cart races and various cultural events are organized during the fair.Pushkar is very sacred to the Hindus and is referred to as “Tirth Raja” or the King of all Pilgrimage Centres.No pilgrimage to Badrinath,Jagannath,Rameshwaram or Puri is considered complete without the pilgrims having bathed in the holy waters of the Pushkar lake.
HISTORY : Pushkar is also known as the sister city of Ajmer.There are lot of mention about the city Pushkar even during the 4th century. The Chinese traveller Fa-Hien has written about Pushkar in his travel note.Pushakar which is said to be blessed by Lord Brahma has a legend associated with it, which states that in a battle Lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower whose petals floated down to earth and landed in three places in and Pushkar where Lakes sprang up the bath at Pushkar is thought to be more important than at any other place. There are also mention about the city Pushkar in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha.Pushkar was also one of the favourite destinations of the Mughal rulers. But soon the princely state came under the rule of the British.
LOCATION : Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan is situated at a distance of about 14 km off Ajmer.Pushkar is encircled by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other.Pushkar is situated at the latitude of 26.5° north and the longitude of 74.55° east.