Royal Desert Camp - Pushkar
The notion of a Royal Desert Camp seems to trace its origins to the 17th century, when while on his way to the battlefields, the Mughal Emperor Jehangir - known for his sumptuous lifestyle - used to set up makeshift royal camps. These camps were equipped with all the necessary amenities and comforts. This tradition over time became institutionalized, and was followed by later rulers as well as those of Rajasthan for their hunting excursions, royal gatherings and leisure activities.
The Royal Desert camp, organized and held in Pushkar, has well appointed 234 tents with all of the added extras one would expect for a royal affair. All are equipped with fine furniture, linen and carpet and specially designed modern toilets. Other facilities of the Royal Desert camp include: a restaurant, camping, jeep, horse, and camel safaris to name a few.
If Rajasthan is synonymous with forts and palaces; it is also synonymous with fairs and festivals. The small, quaint town of Pushkar has its own distinct charm that is unmatched by any other in India. A wonderful town nestled into the side of the Snake Mountains and lining Lake Pushkar, is identified by most visitors as a joyous profusion of fun-fuelled activities, and ceremonies. This jovial, rustic town is also host to one of Indian's most dazzling and colorful festivals: The Pushkar Fair.
Apart from being a tantalizing cultural extravaganza held at one of the country's most glorified holiday settings, Pushkar has the privilege of being the venue for one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimages in the country. This annual Pushkar Fair exhibits some of the most supreme traditions of Rajasthan's cultural and religious heritage. During the daytime, prayers are offered to the Lord Brahma, and at nighttime, the lake becomes a magical backdrop, displaying thousands of iridescent diyas floating along its surface. The fair is held in the month of November, and is a sacred place for Hindus; it has a staggering 400 temples, of which the most important is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The fair also coincides with one of the biggest cattle fairs in India .
The Brahma Temple
Pushkar is one of the two places in India where Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe and part of the holy trinity, (including: Vishnu and Shiva - the most important deity in the Hindu pantheon) - has a temple dedicated to him: The Brahma Temple. This majestic temple is the most famous temple in Pushkar; and this is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the entire country. The Pushkar Sarovar Lake which overlooks it is said to have been the creation of the very Lord himself. The belief is that a dip in this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month), and worship at the Brahma temple, cleanses the soul and ensures salvation.