Pushkar is a holy town, with several important Hindu temples in the area. The religion, you could say, is woven into the fabric of the town. While there is plenty else you could do here, the main reason you would come to Pushkar is to see the temples and the lives of the priests and others who live there.
In this article, we will cover the important temples as well as the other touristy places, attractions and things to see. We bring you the top 15 tourist places to visit in Pushkar.
Tourist Places In Pushkar (Temples)
1. Brahma Temple
This is Pushkar’s biggest and most famous temple. So it has to be on you list of places to visit in Pushkar. A red spire marks the temple and there are (hans) goose symbols at the entrance. The floors and walls of the temple are marked with carvings that are dedicated to the dead. For a special experience, go during the special prayer service,.
- Location: Ganahera
Savitri Mata Temple
There is a ropeway ride that leads to the Savitri Mata Temple, so it is easy to get to the top. Others who want to take the long way up can hike up to the temple via the Ratnagiri Hill.
From the temple complex, you can enjoy lovely views of the lake and Pushkar’s skyline. Inside the temple are gorgeous idols of goddesses Savitri and Gayatri.
- Location: Ratnagiri Hill
3. Gayatri Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Gayatri, this temple is a must visit site in Pushkar. The temple is constructed in Rajasthani architectural style. Each day the temples see hundreds of visitors who come with deep faith to offer prayers and pay respect to devi Gayatri.
The temple is also called Pap Mochani. The hill near the temple is often used by outdoor enthusiasts for hiking.
- Location: Vamdev Road
4. Old Rangji Temple
Located in the Chotti Basti, this temple is a fine example of South Indian architecture. The walls at the temple are adorned with sculptures of Hindu gods and people. There are small arches too around the temple that have decorative inscriptions. There is also a stupa on the temple premises.
- Location: Chotti Basti
5. Varsha Temple
The Varsha Temple attracts a large crowd because it is located close to the Pushkar bus stop.
Inside the temple you can find a large white marble statue of Varsha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Browse through the walls of the temples to find elegant carvings, within the temple you find lovely statues of doormen and gold pillars with images depicting Garuda, a mythological bird.
- Location: Near Pushkar Lake
6. Gurdwara Singh Sabha
This Sikh temple is one of the most beautiful ones in Pushkar. You are only allowed to enter in if you cover your head. They give you a shawl or a cloth to cover your head free of cost. Inside the temple is a friendly guru who is always meditating and chants prayers that are soothing for the soul.
On Sunday, they have a langar (free kitchen) where they serve delicious vegetarian food to everyone who visits the temple.
Please note that no photography is allowed inside the temple.
- Location: Near Pushkar Bypass
7. Naya Rangji Temple
Situated on the east side of the Pushkar Lake, the Naya Rangji temple is an important place of worship for the locals. The top of the temple has on it carvings and statues of many Hindu gods. The best time to visit the temple is during the prayer services that are usually held in the evenings.
- Location: Near Pushkar Lake
8. Pushkar Lake
A must visit spot for all tourists, the Pushkar lake is historic. There are around 52 bathing ghats near the river that are visited by thousands of devotees. During the holy occasion of Kartik Poornima, locals as well as devotees from across the country visit Pushkar to take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake.
Surrounding the lake are many temples that are worth visiting if you are looking for peace and silence or love Indian architecture.
- Location: Pushkar Lake
9. Varah Ghat
The Varah Ghat is where the Pushkar mela is held. It is believed to be the site where Vishnu turned into a boar to fend off evil spirits. The best time to visit the ghat is in the evening, when the Aarti is held. It is a unique and spiritual experience.
- Location: Pushkar
10. Gandhi Ghat
This ghat is where the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were sprinkled. After the Varah Ghat, this is the most popular ghat in Pushkar. Visit the ghat in the evening to watch the sunset. This ghat was previously called the Gau Ghat.
- Location: Near the Pushkar Lake
11. Adventure Desert Camp
Located near the Aravali Mountains, the Adventure Desert Camp is an excellent place to explore Pushkar’s hospitality and culture. Organised in the desert, the camp offers you with a variety of local entertainment. From dances to music performances and traditional food, you can enjoy all the best that Pushkar has to offer.
Ticket prices begin from Rs. 4000 a person and includes food, stay and entertainment.
12. Man Mahal
Located near the Sarovar lake, the Man Mahal was a former palace that has now been converted into a guest house. The palace has beautiful architecture, in typical Rajasthani style and offers great views of the area.
- Location: Near Sarovar Lake
13. Jaipur Ghat
This is yet another ghat in Pushkar that is popular. The Jaipur Ghat is well known as a place to watch the sunset. Each day between 5 and 6 pm, thousands of locals and tourists converge at the ghat to watch the sunset. After which, they head out to the nearby restaurants to savour a few snacks and chai.
- Location: Jaipur Ghat
14. Budha Pushkar Lake
Located in Pushkar, the Budha Pushkar Lake is a must visit for anyone that loves peace, quiet and tranquility. Surrounded by greenery and open areas, this place is where you should stop by at to meditate or to enjoy the silent ambiance that nature offers. There is a temple near by, where you can offer prayer.
- Location: Budha Pushkar Lake
15. Pushkar Main Bazaar
For shopping in Pushkar there is not better place than the Pushkar Main Bazaar. Besides everyday essentials, at this market you will find many stores and stalls selling religious items and traditional Rajasthani clothing. A must visit if you want to take something memorable back home, the Pushkar Main Bazaar has products at very reasonable rates.
- Location: Main Bazaar Road
16. Pushkar Desert
When you are in Pushkar, you must not miss out on making a desert safari. Held at the Pushkar Desert, the safari will take you on a magical journey through the local culture. Witness traditional music and dance performances, camel rides and enjoy delicious cuisine.
- Location: Pushkar Desert
17. Brahma Temple Market
The market near the Brahma Temple is yet another popular place for shopping. The market is famous for its Bandhani saree and puppet stores. There are a few shops that sell chaniya cholis and sarees with mirror work too.
If you are looking to buy any of the above mentioned items, shopping at the Brahma Temple Market is the right thing to do.
The market is only open on the weekend between 9 am and 6 pm.
- Location: Near Brahma Temple
18. Mela Maidan
For a taste of local Rajasthani culture, drop by at the Mela Maidan to witness a local festival. This huge ground plays host to the most important festivals in Pushkar. From the Pushkar fair to other important festivals, this ground hosts them all.
Sometimes, there are trade fairs held here to.
- Location: Mela Maidan
The next time you are visiting Pushkar, enjoy a complete tourist experience by checking out these 18 amazing tourist places in Pushkar. They are historic and have a close cultural connection to the city.
In case you are looking for more things to do, places to eat and experiences to enjoy in Pushkar or Rajasthan, you can ask us for suggestions. Drop in your questions in the comments below and we will gladly reply to them.