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Said to owe its existence to a divine lotus flower dropped by the gods, Pushkar exudes a mystic allure at every turn. There are temples dotted throughout the area, whether on streets or remote peaks, while local people and pilgrims alike descend the steps of ghats to bathe in the sacred waters that make the town famous throughout Rajasthan and beyond. With its delicate beauty and chilled out atmosphere, you can't ask for a better place to unwind and soak up the real culture of India.

Things to see

There's no doubting the central attraction of this town, and that's Pushkar Lake. It's one of the most sacred among Hindus, and there are dozens of ghats allowing access to its mirror-like surface. They come to bathe, cool down, and disperse ashes, in a time-honoured ritual that's a pleasure to watch even if you don't want to get wet yourself. The authentic enchantment continues at Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, one of the very few temples dedicated to god Brahma. Fashioned from marble, adorned with animal sculptures and noticeable from some distance away thanks to its red roof, it draws in visitors from far and wide. Of course, there are plenty of other temples to visit in Pushkar. If you're feeling up to the trek, you can climb Ratnagiri Hill to see the Savitri Temple, which was built back in 1687. For a less taxing adventure, mingle with locals and fellow travellers in the main street bazaar, where you can pick up everything from wooden ornaments and Hindu sculptures to didgeridoos and psychedelic tie-die clothing to bring out your inner hippy. The dunes and peaks around Pushkar shouldn't be missed either, and there's no better way to see them than on the back of a camel – there are plenty of guided safari tours to choose from.

Hotels in Pushkar

While the town may attract the hippy contingent, there are hotels in Pushkar which don't stint on high-end, 5 star luxury. Think guestrooms with glowingly golden decor, polished wood floors and balconies overlooking shimmering, bright blue swimming pools. Then of course there are the spa tubs and saunas providing even more relaxation. Some of the hotels look like temples themselves, with ornately carved facades, and are particularly good for breathtaking romantic getaways.

Where to stay

There's a very good selection of hotels in Pushkar, and if you cast your net wider you can also choose to stay in accommodation closer to Ajmer, near the grand body of water that is Ana Sagar Lake, dating back to the 12th century. A great time to visit Pushkar is in November, when it hosts the Pushkar Fair, a 5 day event where thousands of camels and other livestock are bought and sold. It's more than just commerce, though – it's a vibrant festival drawing in almost half a million people, with food and art stalls everywhere, and tents pitching up throughout the town. Just remember to book well in advance if you want to throw yourself into the furore.

How to get to Pushkar

The best placed entry point if you're flying into this part of the country is Jaipur International Airport, which has daily flights to and from Mumbai and Delhi, as well as connections to Dubai. You can also get here by train, via nearby Amjer station, which has services running from all across India.