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Vibrant streets of Pushkar during the Pushkar Fair

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Vibrant streets of Pushkar during the Pushkar Fair

The temple city of Pushkar which is famous for its Brahma temple (the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world) and Pushkar lake raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere.

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The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

Let us take you on a totally different sojourn in the galiyan of Pushkar.

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Ajmer Airport to begin operating flights from 15th August, 2017

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Ajmer and Pushkar are the major tourism cities of Rajasthan that attract thousands of tourists, devotees, celebrities as well as foreign dignitaries from across the world. It is due to the popular Annual Cattle (Pushkar) fair, Brahma Temple in Pushkar and Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti known as Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Ajmer. Although the cities are very well connected by Road and Rail, but the convenience of air travel demanded an airport in Ajmer. Ajmer airport in Kishangarh was, however, long due since 1982. The good news is that it is in the last phase of its completion now!

Sources added security measures like scanners and security doors are already installed in the airport and terminal is ready for passengers. A team of Jaipur airport authority had also visited to verify the standard and quality of services. Ajmer airport has already got the international code by international civil aviation organisation and it is also decided that Rajasthan Armed Core (RAC) will be responsible for security of the airport.

The airport will tentatively start trial this year in mid-July and possibly services will start from August 15 with the maiden flight to Delhi.

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The airport will connect other cities like Jaipur, Chennai, Mumbai and other destinations. Some companies have already assured of providing services from Ajmer in a charter plane with 70-80 seats.

Happy Flying !!

Pushkar Cattle Fair begins from today

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A tourist paradise in Rajasthan- Pushkar is the Holy town with colors and life! There is nothing like experiencing its cultural galore during the world famous cattle fair that coincides with the religious Kartik Poornima.

At the time of Pushkar Fair visitors from across the world gather to witness the spectacle where thousands of camels are dressed up.  Pushkar Camel Fair from 08th to 14th November, 2016 is a unique event where a haat market for animal trading is set up at one destination but over the years it has turned into a cultural bonanza for tourists and photographers. At Pushkar Fair, you don’t just get to see cattle trading but witness the true colors of Rajasthan. Folk performances, markets for everything Rajasthani and delicious food add to the spectacle.

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A stroll on Pushkar streets offers to experience the radiant market, culture and lifestyle of its people. It is fascinating to see small shops selling almost everything from colorful puppets to souvenirs, beads and bangles, gemstones, leather goods, mirror work items, saddles, utensils, decorative pieces and a lot more. At every point you will be tempted to Stop and Shop!

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Just the sight of vendors preparing typical Rajasthani food would be enough to sway you to taste the street food in Pushkar. Be it staple daal baati, garama garam Chapati, Mirchi ke Tapore, Dal Ki Kachori, yummy pakoras or the delicious Malpue which you get nowhere else,  Pushkar, offers a wide variety of vegetarian food in multiple eateries in dirt cheap rates.

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There is nothing to match the magic of floating on air on Hot air Balloon or taking a helicopter ride to have that unique experience of witnessing the cattle land from the top.

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There’s no better way to explore the rugged terrain other than camel safari or horse safari. Enjoy the music of slow moving camels as they walk past the golden sand dunes.

 

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The Folk artist while roaming around the cattle ground or in the market echoes melodious tunes which are hypnotizing enough to vibrate the chords of your soul.

Every nook and corner of Pushkar is a photographer’s delight. Be it the colorful caravan of camels, women flaunting in colorful odhinis, flamboyant bazaars, mesmerizing sunrise and sunset’s, expressions of different people you simply want to capture all and make it a memorable time through your lens.

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It’s considered auspicious to take a holy dip at Pushkar Sarover and it will bring you good luck and takes away all your sins. For spiritual travelers, a holy dip is must.

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The only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the entire country is located here at Pushkar. Throughout the year prayers are offered by the devotees in this temple.

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The Mela ground is full of activities including fun rides. Various types of competitions are also held viz camel and horse decoration, races etc.The folklores, music, ballads and dance performances showcase the colorful culture of Rajasthan.

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Night is the best time to get a splendid view of Pushkar Lake where the bright stars twinkle in spectral colors. Simply tranquil, serene and peaceful.

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Pushkar Fair Programme Details

Pushkar Camel Fair will begin on 8th November this year and will conclude on 14th November on the occasion of Kartik Purnima.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10 am Nagada Vadan & Pooja & Flag Hoisting at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
10:30 am Mandana Competion,Camel Decoration Vyayam Pradarshan at Mela Ground
11:30 am Football Match with foreigners at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Inaugration of Shilgram Handicrafts Bazar
5:00 pm Deepdan, Rangoli, Maha Arti & Pushkar Abhishek at Pushkar Sarovar
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Advaita Live at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Odissi dance by Tejaswani Roy

 

Wednesday, 9th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:00 am Heritage walk at Pushkar Circuit
10:00 am Langri Taang with foreigners at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
10:30 am Satolia Match at Mela Ground
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 am Camel Decoration Contest at Mela Ground
12:00 pm Camel Dance Contest at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Voice of Pushkar
9:30 pm Folk Entertainment

 

Thursday, 10th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 am Kabbadi at Mela ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 am Horse Dance Contest at Mela Ground
1:00 pm Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground (Rassa Kashi, Volleyball, Kabaddi
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Prem Joshua Live at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Voice of Pushkar – To be continued

 

Friday, 11th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:00 am Yoga at Mela Ground
9:30 am Spiritual Walk from Gurudwara to Mela Ground
10:30 am  Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 am Pushkar ki Patang – Kite flying competition & contest
1:00 pm Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:30 pm Live Entertainment at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Best of Rajasthan Live at Mela Ground

 

Saturday, 12th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
9:00 am  “Lagaan” style cricket match at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 am Moustache Competition at Mela Ground
11:30 am Turban Tying & Tilak Contest
11:30 am Kite Flying at Mela Ground
4:30 pm  Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:30 pm Live Entertainment at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Indian dance performances by foreigners

 

Sunday, 13th November 2016

6:00 am Harmony Marathon from Ajmer Sharif to Brahma Temple
6:00 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 am Matka Race at Mela ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Horse & Camel Competition
11:30 am Musical Chair Race
1:00 pm Exhibition Kabaddi Match
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:00 pm Indian Groom & Bride Contest at Mela Ground
8:00 pm Roots of Pushkar at Mela Ground

 

Monday, 14th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
9:00 am Mega Cultural Event & Closing Ceremony
9:00 am Camel Race, Matka Race, Tug of War, Group Dance,Kala Jattha & other Local Performances
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:45 pm Maha Arti at Pushkar Sarovar
8:00 pm Fireworks at the High Level Bridge

How to reach Pushkar

Pushkar has no airport and the nearest airport is the Sanganer International Airport at Jaipur. From Jaipur you can reach Pushkar by road or by train in 2 hours.

Pushkar is well connected by train and by road from many other cities of Rajasthan so reaching here is easy.

With all this information at your hands so early, there is no way that you should miss this beautiful event!

Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

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  1. ALSISAR

The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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  1. BHANGARH

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place.
The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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  1. BUNDI

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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  1. DEEG PALACE, BHARATPUR

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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  1. JODHPUR

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

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  1. MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu J

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  1. NAWALGARH

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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  1. PUSHKAR

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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  1. RANTHAMBORE

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.

The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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  1. SHAHPURA

65 kms. Away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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Tranquil Ghats of Pushkar Lake

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In the Tranquil Ghats of Pushkar Lake,
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Of temple Bells and Hymns
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Into the home to the King of creation
Where Sin can never enter

In the month of October/ November, ‘Pushkar Festival’ at Pushkar, Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan is held every year during the auspicious period of Kartik Poornima, and then is the time when this small town turns into a hub of cultural extravaganzas. On the day of Kartik Poornima, thousands of devotees bathe in the holy lake, which is said to have been created when Lord Brahma dropped a sacred lotus flower to earth.

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The saintly Pushkar town clusters around the Pushkar Lake with innumerable small temples, but the Brahma temple is a major attraction and around 52 Ghats cuddle the holy lake. The Ghats or we call it steps are sacred bathing places used to do religious rituals & ceremonies like Pind Daan(Hindu Ritual done for ancestors to take their blessings) and pilgrims bathe in the sacred waters. It is important to know that Ghats of Pushkar are meant just for religious bathing.  A dip in its holy waters during the eve of Kartik Poornima is considered auspicious.

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The best way to experience the sanctity of this holy town is to visit its Ghats. While you walk on the buzzing street of Pushkar, the fragrance of incense sticks or Agarbattis, the spectacle of the yellow marigold floret and red roses with the periodic sound of temple bells and hymns alongside the narrow alleys inevitably takes you to the Ghat where the Panda’s clad in dhoti’s and tikka on forehead beside the pilgrims of all ages greets you.

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Let’s take a tour of vivid Ghats of Pushkar lake. It is interesting to note that every Ghat has an interesting story behind and has its own meaning and use. Most Ghats are dedicated to worshipping and some are meant for cremations. Along with Pandas, multitudes of pigeons are the hosts to the sacred ghat. Every day between 5 pm to 5.30 pm Maha Aarti is being performed at Varah Ghat.

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The prominent Ghats surrounding Pushkar lake are-

Gau Ghat

  • Gau Ghat ( Raj Babra Temple )
  • Janana / Queen Mary Ghat
  • Chir Ghat
  • Nagar Ghat
  • Jagannath Ghat
  • Ram Ghat
  • Mukti Ghat
  • Gangaur Ghat
  • Asthal Ghat.

Badri Ghat

  • Badri Ghat ( Old Rang-ji Temple )
  • Bhind Bhadawar / Nagar Palika Ghat
  • Vishram / Jhulelal
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  • Kurmanchal Ghat.

Pachdevri Ghat

  • Pachdevri Ghat
  • Holkar / Ahilya / Indore Ghat.

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Varaha Ghat

  • Varaha Ghat ( Varaha Temple )
  • Pachdevri Ghat

108 Mahadev Ghat

  • Chandra Ghat
  • Indra Ghat
  • Gwalior Ghat ( Koteshwar Mahadev Temple )
  • Bagula Ghat
  • Panch Vir
  • Jaisalmer / Kishangarh Ghat
  • Guru Gobind Singh Ghat
  • Man / Jaipur Ghat.

Saptrishi Ghat

  • Saptarishi Ghat.

Mandor / Gurjara Ghat

  • Bundi Ghat
  • Balunda Ghat
  • Vir Gurjara Ghat
  • Sikar Ghat

Swarup Ghat

  • Swarup Vallabh Ghat ( Savitri Temple )
  • Kota Ghat.

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  • Hingor Mal Mahal / Tantuvaya Vaishya Ghat
  • Chauri Paidi Ghat.

Kalyan Ghat

  • Kalyan Ghat ( Rama Baikunth Temple )
  • Raj Bohra Ghat ( Brahma Temple )
  • Karni Ghat
  • Tarni Ghat
  • Parashuram Ghat ( Nimbark )
  • Savitri Ghat.

Brahma Ghat

  • Brahma Ghat ( Brahma Temple )
  • Dadhicha / Hada Ghat
  • Sati Ghat.

Yajna Ghat

  • Yajna Ghat ( Riddhi Siddhi Temple )
  • Shitla Mata Ghat
  • Chhik Mata Ghat
  • Bharatpur Ghat
  • Rehgaran / Gandhi / Shaheed Ghat.

Remember, to remove shoes and put your camera back in cover, as photography at the Ghat area is not allowed.

A New Temple Town In Rajasthan – Pushkar

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Pushkar is the epitome of pilgrim centers not only in the country but also in the world. It houses the world famous temple of Lord Brahma, along with another dozen temples of historical significance. People visit this oldest city from all over the world especially for Pushkar Fair and to cleanse all the sins of the past by immersing in the holy waters of this Buda Pushkar Sarovar. It acts like a magnet, as it attracts a number of tourists from around the world.

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This holy town is now declared to be the developed as the temple city of Rajasthan due to its great religious significance, especially among the Hindus. The hustle-bustle of this town can only be seen in a single street where one can hear the enchanting of prayers, couplets and offering to the several deities.

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As Pushkar is getting its makeover to become the new temple city so are the other temples of different other towns. Every town has a religious place which is close to the hearts of the inmates of that area and will be developed soon into a temple town. Some of those include the temple of Tejaji and Mirabai in Nagaur and in Hanumangarh – the Gogamedi temple.

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A Dip Into The 6 Famous Lakes Of Rajasthan This Summer

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1) Nakki Lake

Do you know why is it named as Nakki Lake? Here is it.  Dug out from the nails for the protection from demons, thus got it name as Nakki Lake. Situated on the only hill station of Rajasthan- Mount Abu, Nakki Lake serves the most important tourist destination of Mount Abu as well as Rajasthan.

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2) Ana Sagar Lake

Approximately 13 kms spread this lake built by Anaji Chauhan is in the city of Ajmer. Ana Sagar is the biggest artificial lake in Ajmer, with a small accessible island. Another small lake in Ajmer is Foy Sagar.

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3) Gadisar Lake

A man-made lake which was initially constructed for water conservation, is the only perennial water body in the desert city of Rajasthan, and thus proves to be the must visit site in Jaisalmer.

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4) Pushkar Lake

A sacred lake which has a religious significance, is a must visit during the major fair of India – Pushkar Fair. It has its own beauty during the night, when people sit at the Ghats to enjoy the serene beauty and peaceful environment.

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5) Mansagar Lake

Situated in the capital city of Rajasthan- Jaipur is an artificial lake which has Jal Mahal situated in the middle. It is a famous tourist attraction of Jaipur which also provides the facility of boating. The Jal Mahal highlights the attractiveness and importance of this lake.

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6) Lake Pichola

Considered as one of the most beautiful lakes of Rajasthan, is situated in the ‘City of Lakes’ – Udaipur. Some of the main tourist attractions of Udaipur are situated along the periphery of this lake. With its own charm, people also come to enjoy its scenic beauty – sunrise and sunset. Fateh Sagar Lake is also an important lake of Udaipur which is connected with Lake Pichola. This lake was originally constructed for irrigation purpose, and to provide water for drinking in the city of Udaipur.

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