Historically, Pushkar always had great
strategic importance and was sacked by Mahumud of Ghanzi
on one of his periodic forays from Afghanistan. Later it
became a favorite residence of the great Moghula. One of
the first contacts between the Moghula and the British
occurred in Pushkar when Sir Thomas Roe met with Jehangir
here in 1616. The city was subsequently taken by the
Scindias and, in 1818, it was handed over to the British,
becoming one of the few places in Rajasthan controlled
directly by British rather than being part of a princely
Located just 11 kms from Ajmer, the holy
lake of Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord
Brahma himself. It is as important as Benaras or Puri.
Devout Hindus believe that it is essential to visit
Pushkar at least once in their lifetime.
No pilgrimage is consedered complete without a dip in the
holy Pushkar lake. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples and
52 ghats and the only temple in the country that is
dedicated to Brahama is to be found here. While Pushkar is
a heaven for the religiously inclined, it is also the
venue of one of the country's most colorful cattle fairs -
the Pushkar Fair.