Pushkar Lake
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Located in the small town of Pushkar in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, The Pushkar Lake is one of the most prominent spots of pilgrimage as well as the site of the world famous Pushkar Fair. Encircled by numerous temples and ghats (bathing spots), the lake draws thousands upon thousands devotees every year to its threshold, to gain spiritual distinction and attain salvation by taking a dip in its holy waters. As the Kartik (Oct-Nov) month descends, the site becomes the focus of soulful devotion and pilgrimage as auspiciousness of this time is highly emphasized in Hindu sacred texts. At the same time, Pushkar Fair wonderfully exhibits the vibrancy of Rajasthan with exotic colors, dishes, dance, cattle fair and numerous entertaining contests and competitions. With amazing spiritual atmosphere, Pushkar Lake remains the site of timeless reverence and spirit.
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2jijo
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
The lake and temple was nice. But bitter experience with the priests who are insisting to pay donation as part of rituals. Nice view of the lake surrounded by a lots of ghats.
Written 23 November 2022
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Tanuj26
Lucknow, India12 contributions
Nov 2022
Lake was good but as usual experience was priest and guided tour was not good. One is ready to donate but at least ask their capacity and willingness. People are robbing here in the name of ancestors. They will tell you that whole pooja is free. they dont charge anything. At the end priest forced us to pay 2100 for laddus and 500 as his fee.
Written 16 November 2022
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BeGuide
Ahmedabad, India195 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
After long time I took a break from my work and decided to visit Pushkar - Lord Brahma's only temple available on the earth for creator of Universe. Also Shradh Paksh - special month for ancestors, we decided to pray for them we reached Pushkar after 10 hours my longest self drive journey. We took accommodation at prebook Ananta Spa and resort. Next day we started journey with Brahma Lake or Pushkar Lake where we did prayers for our ancestors, take Holly deep at lake. Then moved to visit temple Lord Brahma where one can pray in front of Lord Brahma and Devi Gayatri.
Written 15 October 2022
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Louise W
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Sadly we had a similar experience to many of the other travellers who have reviewed this lake also.
We were taken here by a guide to look at the lake, and before seeing it we were told we were welcome to make a donation if we wished but it was not mandatory.
We were given a tray of flowers and ushered to the steps to meet with the holy priest to receive a blessing and learn more about the lake and it’s spiritual significance. At the tail end of the blessing the priest asked my husband to verbally say how much he would donate as a commitment to the blessing.
We awkwardly looked at each other as we already give to charity and it’s always something we like to discuss and know who we are handing our money over to - especially in India where there are an incredible amount of scams. I said to the priest we needed to discuss it in private however he insisted my husband say an amount out loud before we proceed. He then began listing off how much people generally give - 5000 rupee, 10,000 rupee.
He kept demanding and my husband awkwardly chuckled and mutter something - enough for his to continue with the blessing. Afterwards he took up to the donation booth - at that point we both felt very uncomfortable so I confidently told him that we already give to many charities and unfortunately we wouldn’t be contributing today. I also kindly said I hope this does not offend you, but heck did his attitude change!
He kept insisting and telling us that our giving was not to the people of pushkar and that they needed our money. At this point I was done. Not to mention there are amounts on a board which I assume is what you have to give - 1,100 , 2,100 ect. How terrible is that?

I told my husband how uncomfortable I felt, actually threatened at the point and we quickly left with the priest aggressively yelling something at our driver.
This completely ruined our experience.

I’m not sure if the charity is legit, but to be honest there are many wonderful charities out there to contribute to knowing that your money is going directly to the people.
I don’t think emotional blackmail is the right approach when it comes to charity.
Please be wary, and if it doesn’t feel right back yourself and WALK AWAY! They won’t do anything to you but try and make you feel uncomfortable enough to give, this is not okay!

* I have this experience two stars because the lake was quite pretty!
Written 27 September 2022
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Kinta
World1 contribution
Aug 2022
I was on a guided tour of Pushkar and was extremely disappointed with my experience with the Brahman priest. After leaving the Brahman temple, our guide led us lakeside to receive a blessing from a Brahman. Prior to this, our guide had told us about this process and alluded to the optional nature of donations to the community.

After being led by my guide to the lakeside, I was quickly ushered away from the people I was travelling with to sit alone with a priest. The blessing itself was fine and I enjoyed it so much that I was now happy to donate a small amount. However, things took a turn when the priest began talking more and more about the donations. He began saying how the priests do not earn money and began working his emotional blackmail. I felt especially targeted when he begun telling me certain amounts that tourists (including people from my country) make and the experience began to feel very commercialised. I begun by telling him a small amount to contribute for each for my (9) family members which added up to an amount I was already uncomfortable paying. As a person who does not cope well in confrontational situations, it was very hard to fight against this man who would not stop insisting that I paid these high amounts of money.

I ended up paying over 5000 rupees. I hope this man feels good about taking this amount of money from a 19 year old (who has worked numerous jobs to afford this trip). I felt very uncomfortable at the payment window too - with the priest looking into my bag and trying to eye up how much money I had.

Both of the other people I was travelling with had a very similar experience with their priest. The thing that disappointed me the most was that the guide had not warned us of this. I am not sure if he would receive commission on anything like this.

After all of this had happened, the transaction appeared on my bank statement - showing the money had been transferred to a garments company. This interaction ruined the rest of my time in Pushkar. The lake itself is beautiful but this experience did not make it worth it.
Written 28 August 2022
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mohit g
New Delhi, India76 contributions
Aug 2022
It was clean and full being monsoon season and the fact that it is a rain fed lake. We went from the side near the Brahma temple. All access roads are badly broken and safe parking options are ery far for comfort of elderly infirm and disabled. Not at all wheel chair friendly. Full of touts posing as priests and guides. Need to be careful. The ghats are not well maintained and the surroundings too require a facelift. Water was murky as there is no programme to keep it clean other than fish and some turtles which live there
Written 22 August 2022
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VIPIN_GOEL_TP_Impex
New Delhi, India6,569 contributions
Aug 2022
We parked our car in the street after one priest halted our car. We paid him Rupees fifty to show and explain us about the lake and Shri Bhamha ji temple. We told him not to any puja here. We walked to Badri Ghat near to where we parked our car. The person explained us the significance of the place. He asked us to do puja with ten rupees, we refused. It should be done, otherwise, they put you in a trap to spend some money. Several families were taking bath here. We just cleaned our face and hands with the holy water and took some pictures of the lake. Take care of Black monkeys here. We spend some time in the cool breeze blowing there even at 12 noon. While bathing, take care of the Mosses (Kai in Hindi) grown on the steps in the lake. You may slide deep in the lake. Being holy religious place the place is frequented by devotees and is a must visit place. There are several ghats around the lake. One can sit and bath at all ghats.
Written 19 August 2022
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Curiositytraveller
London, UK17 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The place is pretty beautiful. You feel a sense of calmness. The place needs little maintenance and cleaning. Sometime you need to be careful with the pandit around there.
Written 6 June 2022
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Sami
Helsinki, Finland46 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Nice place to chill in the mornings and evenings. Just sit on the stairs and observe the indian culture and life. Remember, no shoes. Morning light is really beautiful.

Be aware of scammers trying to give you a flower. DON’T ACCEPT IT. It is a scam and they will make prayers for good karma. And I’ve heard it will cost you a lot. They will not tell you anything about the price. They say ”you are welcome” and hand you a flower. Be polite and say no. They will try to push it. If you wanna experience the praiers, make sure that you know how much it’ll cost,
Written 1 May 2022
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ravi p
1 contribution
Mar 2022
I had visited Pushkar in the month of Mar-2022. and had worst experience at the pushkar ghat. Priests are completely commercial. Initially they asked me to take a bath at pushkar and come back to perform pooja at the cost of Rs.10/- . While performing pooja, priest stopped me in middle of pooja and asked for donation to pay for their trust. He gave two offers (5000 rupees for Meethi Rice, and 2000-Normal Rice) to pay. Asked me to select any one of them. I said, I can't pay that amount, instead I can pay what I like. But started insisting me. There were huge arguments between us. Finally I paid Rs.1000/.

My brother was sitting little bit far from me. He could not speak with them because of language problem. finally he paid Rs.5000/-.

I suggest to visitors, please take your bath at Pushkar and straight away go to temple for darshan. Do not trust anyone like Priest, Taxi Driver, guide anyone. If you trust, you will loose.
Written 23 April 2022
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