Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan. It’s set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins.
The state’s most famous fair, it brings together camel traders, pilgrims, visitors and those who are here simply to participate in one of the season’s most colorful social events. Besides tented camps, there are hundreds of shops selling everything from handicrafts and spices, to food and jewellery. There are a number of fun activities arranged for visitors, but most simply wish to camp within the fair grounds to watch the village transform before their eyes.
Day 1: Arrive at Ajmer and drive 11 km to Pushkar. Spend the day in the fair grounds and camp overnight in tents.
Day 2: Go back to the fair for camel rides, visit the Brahma Lake and the temples on its banks, spend the rest of the day shopping and taking in the sights at the fair.