Like Goa or Dharamsala, the mellow, quiet and interesting
little town of Pushkar is one of those travellers’ centres
where people go for a little respite from the hardships of
life on the Indian road. It’s only 11 km from Ajmer but
separated from it by Nag Pahar, the Snake Mountain, and is
situated right on the edge of the desert.
The town clings to the side of the small but beautiful
Pushkar Lake with its many bathing ghats and temples. For
Hindus, Pushkar is a very important pilgrimage centre.
Pushkar is also world-famous for the huge Camel Fair which takes place
here each October-November. At this time, the town is thronged
with tribal people from all over Rajasthan, pilgrims from all
over India and film-makers and tourists from all over the
world. If you’re anywhere within striking distance at the
time, it’s an event not to be missed. Camel rides, however,
are available year-round from a number of operators around the
town. Camel safaris lasting several days are also possible.
Climate: Situated 1,220 m above sea level, it
has a very comfortable climate throughout the year. And
because of this fact, Mount Abu can be visited all through the
year, though the months from February to June and September to
December are the most pleasant here. Light woollens for
winters and light cotton for summers are the recommended
clothing for Mount Abu.
Location : Mount Abu
is located around 190 km away from Udaipur in the Southern
Rajasthan. The town is well connected to most of the places in
Rajasthan and neighboring Gujarat by roads and trains. Abu
Road, the nearest railway station is located at a distance of
around 27 km from Mount Abu and connected to cities across
Best time to visit: An extensive green cover ensures a
pleasant season during spring and early winter. The best
season to visit the city though remains between October and
Places of interest
Shri Brahma Mandir(Temple)
This is the only existing temple dedicated to Lord Brahma.
Built in the 14th century, it stands on a high plinth with
marble steps leading up to it. A silver turtle is set on the
floor facing the sanctum-sanctorum or garbha-griha. Around the
turtle, the marble floor is inset with hundreds of silver
coins. Coins engraved with donor's names are also embedded in
the walls. Peacocks adorn the temple walls as they are
supposed to be the vehicle of Lord Brahama's consort Saraswati.
The sanctuary has silver doors inside a carved marble gateway.
Numerous ghats run down to the lake, and pilgrims are
constantly bathing in the lake’s holy waters. If you wish to
join them, do it with respect- remove your shoes.
Apteshwar Mahadeo Temple ,Warrah Temple
This 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.The
Warrah temple houses an image of Lord Vishnu in the
incarnation of a wild boar.
Festivals in Mount Abu
The exact date on which the Camel
Fair is held depends on the lunar calendar but, in Hindu
chronology, if falls on the full moon of Kartik Purnima. Each
year, up to 200,000 people flock to Pushkar for the Camel
Fair, bringing with them some 50,000 camels and cattle for
several days of pilgrimage, horses dealing, camel racing and
The Rajasthani tourist office has promoted the fair as an
international attraction by adding Rajasthan dance programmes
and other cultural events, and by putting up a huge tent city
for the Indian and foreign visitors. It’s one of India’s
biggest and most colourful festivals.