Precious Kamei, a travel blogger from Outlook Traveller explains her maiden trip to Rajasthan and how she got to unravel the beauty of Pushkar beyond palaces, camels, and desert. On her first trip to Rajasthan, Kamei visited Pushkar to witness the glory of The Sacred Pushkar- the festival of music, art, tradition, and culture.
She enjoyed the musical experience offered by the serene Pushkar Lake and various national as well as international performers who came together to cast a spell on the audiences. She explains that apart from the camels and the serene lake, people visit Pushkar because of the religious aspects. The Jagatpita Brahma Mandir and the temples dedicated to his consorts Savitri and Gayatri are the most prominent places visited by tourists.
Talking about her own experience, she shares as to how she came to know about the story of a curse which goes like this:
According to the tales, Brahma was supposed to marry River Goddess Savitri in a sacrificial ritual but she took too much time to get ready. So Brahma decided to choose Gayatri, a local shepherdess for the yagna so as to get married in the auspicious moment. Angered by this, Savitri cursed Brahma that he will be worshipped only in Pushkar and moved to the top of Ratnagiri Hills while Gayatri settled for the lower hill.
Kamei also enjoyed the view from the hills overlooking the lake- a sweeping view of Pushkar. On her way to Pushkar (from Jaipur), she also visited Taragarh Fort which renders a spectacular view of Ajmer with the sound coming from the mosque serving as a background score. She also enjoyed bird watching, cable car ride, and the folk music by local Rajasthani artists on her Pushkar Trip.