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The Beauty Behind Pushkar, India

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Pushkar is set in the heart of the Thar Desert and is somewhat remote from the rest of India. Yet despite its small size, thousands of visitors from around the globe come to this well-known town every year. Pushkar is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in India’s history as it dates back thousands of years. Tourists can find a number of things to do and places to see in this holy town. Here are some of the top activities that you can take part in whilst visiting Pushkar, India. 

Rangji or Rangnath Temple
Rangji Temple was built in 1823 by Ganeriwal. This unique temple is influenced by South Indians and the Mughal style of architecture is visible throughout the temple. Foreigners aren’t allowed to enter this temple, however, you are permitted to take photos from outside.

Hot air balloon ride
If you want to experience the vibrant town and its sweeping landscapes from an alternative angle, why not take a hot air balloon ride. You’ll be able to look down the many temples and ghats of Pushkar as well as catch a glimpse of the desert.

Craft shops
One of the best places for shopping is Rajasthan area in Pushkar. This is home to a number of market stalls and traditional craft stores. If you’re looking for souvenirs, take a look at the textiles, leather goods, and jewellery shops that are situated in the main bazaar.

Pushkar Craft shops

Pushkar fair
The fair in Pushkar takes place every November and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors. The fair brings together lots of traders, farmers, and tourists with numerous items to take home with you. At the fair, you can find traditional ornaments and handmade jewellery. You can also find a large variety of traditional Indian apparel and henna tattoo designs.

Camel safari in November
Pushkar is most famous for its camel safari. But if your visit doesn’t coincide with the fair, you can still have a similar experience at the safari. Most tour operators can arrange half-day or full-day itineraries as well as nearby accommodation. You should also make sure you have adequate travel insurance set in place when booking your holiday to India.

Pushkar Camel

Kishangarh
The miniature painting school in Kishangarh allows visitors to explore the artistic heritage of Pushkar. At the local market stalls, you can easily pick up paintings on stone or wood for reasonable prices. Look out in particular for reproductions of the famous portrait of Krishna.

Brahma Temple 
This is the only temple of its kind in India. Brahma temple is not just rate but it signifies the importance role of gods and goddesses in Hinduism. Brahma Temple represents the god who created the universe. The beautifully painted shades of blue and red on marble and stone slabs believed to be almost 2000 years old! If you’re going to visit a temple in Pushkar, make sure you don’t miss out on this ancient and unique place of worship.

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