pushkar Travel Guide

One of the most magnetic cities of all time, Pushkar, today, is known worldwide for its spectacular Camel Fair. In the Hindu month of Kartika (October/November), this one of the oldest cities of India wraps itself with colour, zeal and fervour.
Nestled among the holy Pushkar Lake, this small town bordering on the Thar Desert offers enchantingly mystic and relaxed ambience. With 400 milky-blue temples, 52 bathing ghats, and one of the very few temples Brahma temples, the town has a lot to offer in terms of pilgrimage and heritage tourism. Interestingly, one can spot a large number of Israeli tourists at any given time of the year. If you can ignore the commercialization and the pell-mell of the touristy and religious insistence, the town portrays a perfect interplay of history and mythology.
Get ready to tickle the traveller in you as you pack your bags for Pushkar.

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pushkar Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  BEST TIME TO VISIT

  • Q.When should I visit Pushkar?
    A.
    Pushkar has a pleasant weather all year long but the best time to visit is between November and March.

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  CLOTHES

  • Q.Advise on the type of clothing.
    A.
    Have loose-fitting clothes, but try to carry full-sleeved clothes, shirt or tops to cover your hands and arms, to protect them from sunburn. Nights are cooler, so carry a stole or shawl.

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  • Q.What should I wear at the religious places?
    A.
    It’s best to dress modestly and act conservatively in Pushkar because it is mostly a rural area. Don’t wear shorts and cover your head while entering any revered place.

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  DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

  • Q.What is the baggage allowance for domestic flights?
    A.
    Generally stating, the cabin baggage allowance in Economy Class is 15 kg and carry-on hand baggage is 7 kg. You can check airlines guidelines for more.

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  • Q.Are the domestic flights safe and reasonably priced?
    A.
    Sanganer Airport is the nearest airport connecting Pushkar and is well-connected to the major cities of India. It is safe to travel and you can find many attractive deals on booking.

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  • Q.Do the flights fly on time and follow safety protocols?
    A.
    Yes, the flights are safe and do not delay unless there are some unavoidable circumstances.

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  • Q.Can I get snacks and meals on board?
    A.
    Generally, domestic flights offer snack boxes which contain a small drink as well. Depending on the airline policy, you might or not have to pay for the food.
    No alcohol is served on domestic Air India flights.

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  • Q.How early shall I reachat the airport counter?
    A.
    For domestic flights, you are required to reach two hours prior to the scheduled time. Mostly all airlines have web check-in facility. Find out more from the respective airline.

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  ELECTRICITY

  • Q.What is the power supply like(110 v or 220 v) in Pushkar? What type of power points/plugs/sockets can be used?
    A.
    For any electronic item, check the label before buying. If it says "125/250V | 50/60Hz", it can be used all across. The common power plugs and sockets are of type C, D and M in India.
    Try getting a universal adapter for the ease of working.

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  FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

  • Q.Which fairs and festivals are best to attend in Pushkar?
    A.
    • Pushkar Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia
    • Ganesh Chaturthi is different from the rest of country for its vivid traditional practices
    • Kartik Purnima is when devotees take holy dip in Pushkar Lake.

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  FOOD

  • Q.Will I get food according to my specific dietary requirements?
    A.
    Since Pushkar is a small rural city, it is better to tell your special dietary requirements to the representatives of https://www.india-tours.com/while booking.

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  • Q.Are raw fruits and vegetables available on the streets of Pushkar?
    A.
    Yes, you can find vendors selling seasonal fruits and vegetables.

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  • Q.Will I get spicy food?
    A.
    You will find the authentic Rajasthani foods that are usually tasty, tangy, and sometimes sweet and spicy.

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  • Q.Can I get vegetarian and vegan food in Pushkar?
    A.
    Majority of the hotels and restaurants serve vegetarian and vegan food.

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  • Q.Can I also get meat and fish easily?
    A.
    Chances of getting non-veg restaurants are rare in Pushkar. However, you can get some on the outskirts.

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  • Q.Is it easy to get kosher food here?
    A.
    Pushkar attracts a large number of Israeli tourists all year long. So, you can find kosher food easily.

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  • Q.Can I get Halal food in Pushkar?
    A.
    You can get Halal food in Ajmer, but ask the representative of India Tours to help you arrange for it particularly in Pushkar.

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  • Q.How about getting the non-spicy European food?
    A.
    If you are looking for something in particular, inform our attendants of India Tours.
    Otherwise, many restaurants serve European food, although mostly vegetarian.

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  • Q.Can I find the food chains like Pizza Huts/Dominos/Mc Donald in Pushkar?
    A.
    Pizza Hut is there in Pushkar. For other international food chains, you have to reach out to Ajmer.

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  GENERAL

  • Q.Tell me a list of essentials to pack while travelling to India.
    A.
    Depending on where you will be visiting in India, you can pack the following. Remember, the urban sector has most of the items you might need. However, for rural areas, it’s better to be prepared.
    • Quality spinner suitcase, locks and cable
    • Comfortable sturdy walking shoes
    • Layered clothes (cotton/woollen)
    • Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, power bank
    • Prescription drugs

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  • Q.Tell me about the basic rules of etiquette for visitors to India.
    A.
    Religious Etiquettes: Menstruating women are usually not allowed inside religious places. Covering the head is a must for Gurudwara or a Mosque. Leather items are not allowed in Jain temples. Do not photograph cremation ceremonies.
    Table Etiquettes: Food is generally eaten with hands. Hindus usually avoid beef. 5%-10% tipping is common in restaurants.
    Greeting: Bowhead and fold hands to greet elderly people
    Business Etiquettes: Business meetings in India are slightly less formal than occidental.

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  • Q.Are the monuments handicapped friendly in Pushkar?
    A.
    Not really. However, the India tours representatives can help you arrange for the required amenities.

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  • Q.Is it okay to go around the local villages and schools?
    A.
    Yes. You may. India tours can arrange guides for you.

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  • Q.Is it okay to give money to beggars on street?
    A.
    Yes. However, try avoiding the panhandlers.

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  • Q.Tell me some basic Hindi words.
    A.
    • Hello – Namaste or Pranam
    • Thank you – Dhanevaad
    • What is your name – Aap ka Naam kyahai
    • What’s this – Ye kyahai
    • Can you help me – Kya aap meri madaad karenge

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  • Q.What religion is common found in India?
    A.
    Being a secular country, you will find the population to be an eclectic mix of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism and more.

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  • Q.What type of toilets shall I find here?
    A.
    You can get both the traditional squatting pan and the western commode while in India. Residents commonly use water to wash but toilet papers are also available.

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  • Q.Is it safe for LGBT travellers to visit India?
    A.
    Homosexuality has been decriminalised in India in 2018. More hotels, cafes and bars are becoming LGBT-friendly. However, as the country is socially traditional, try not to involve in physical intimacy publicly. Choose hotel accommodations wisely and is better to remain alert in all sorts of situations.

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  • Q.What are some of the uncommon places in India?
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    • North eastern part of India
    • Halebid, Karnataka
    • Chembra Peak, Kerala
    • Champaner – Pavagadh, Gujarat
    • Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
    In Pushkar, you can visit:
    • Pushkar Lake Banks
    • Mahadeva Temple
    • Merta
    • Naga Pahar
    • Rose Garden
    • Sarafa Bazar
    • Kishangarh

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  • Q.Is India safe as a family destination?
    A.
    Yes. You can arrange accordingly with https://www.india-tours.com/.

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  • Q.How can I avoid stares on the road?
    A.
    Unless you are scantily dressed or wearing exceptionally body-hugging apparels, you are good to go.

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  • Q.Can I find tourist police?
    A.
    13 states in India have supposedly deployed tourist police in one form or another, but it hasn’t translated into much of visible improvement. It’s advised to keep the telephone number of the local police station handy.

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  • Q.Are snake charmers, cows, camels, elephants, bears seen in the streets in Pushkar?
    A.
    Being predominantly a rural area, you can spot some snake charmers and camel bearers. The stray dogs and cats are common in every part of India.

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  • Q.Are the stray dog and cats safe?
    A.
    Yes, unless you unnecessarily provoke them.

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  • Q.How is the pollution there?
    A.
    Air pollution in India is a serious issue. If you have not been to a polluted place before, carry scarves to cover your face.
    The heat and the dust of Pushkar might make it difficult to breathe at times but it is lesser polluted than the major metro cities.

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  GUIDES

  • Q.Will I get guides who speak languages other than English?
    A.
    Yes. The guides of India Tours can speak in a number of language such as French, German, Chinese, Spanish etc.

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  • Q.Can I find women travel guide?
    A.
    Yes. She will not only show the tourist sights, but also to accompany to shopping, eating, exploring, while you are there.

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  • Q.Can I get audio guides?
    A.
    The Official Audio Tour Partner of the Ministry of Tourism, AudioCompass is a free iOS and Android app that helps bring stories of India to a traveller by turning smartphones into personal tour guides.

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  HEALTH, WELLNESS AND HOSPITALS

  • Q.Are there good hospitals in Pushkar?
    A.
    There is a government hospital which has doctors 24*7.

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  • Q.Can I find option for complicated medical treatment such as Dentistry, Cosmetic Surgery, Oncology, Cardiology, MAS-Laparoscopy, Hair Transplant in Pushkar?
    A.
    Pushkar is a small town; there are little chances of getting specialised treatments. You can however get the sophisticated medication at Ajmer.

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  • Q.Can I get the rabies, fever, migraine, diabetes in the pharmacies in Pushkar?
    A.
    Most of these common medicines are available across the counter in the pharmacies.

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  • Q.Are there good Ayurveda Treatment Centers in Pushkar?
    A.
    Yes, there are some holistic wellness and ayurvedic centres.

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  HOTELS

  • Q.Can I find international hotels in Pushkar?
    A.
    India tours will help you find the right hotels in Pushkar depending on your budget and requirements.

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  • Q.Are the hotels costly here?
    A.
    The various portals offer many discounted rates for the hotel rooms. India tours can provide comparative rates to help you choose the right one.

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  • Q.What is the approximate cost of accommodation in Pushkar?
    A.
    There are different budgeted hotels and guesthouses available. Visit https://www.india-tours.com/to find out more.

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  • Q.Can I stay in old, heritage hotels in Pushkar?
    A.
    Yes, you can. Book it with India Tours.

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  • Q.Do the hotels maintain good hygiene and modern amenities?
    A.
    Yes. They have all the world class features.

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  • Q.Is it safe to stay in the hotels of Pushkar?
    A.
    Being a rural area, it is better to remain alert. There might not be CCTVs everywhere.

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  • Q.Is Pushkar safe for solo woman traveller?
    A.
    Pushkar is not the safest of the cities for solo travelling.

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  • Q.Are there handicapped friendly hotels in Pushkar?
    A.
    Yes, there are some handicapped friendly hotels and India Tours can help you arrange the same.

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  • Q.Will I find handicapped friendly toilets there?
    A.
    Yes.

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  • Q.Can I find western toilets in the hotels, restaurants and other public places in Pushkar?
    A.
    Mostly yes.

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  • Q.Till when can I get the bars and restaurants open?
    A.
    Pushkar is a holy town and restaurants tend to close early.

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  • Q.What is the best way to book hotels and holidays here?
    A.
    Visit https://www.india-tours.com/.

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  INSURANCE

  • Q.Should I carry any medical and travel insurance for travelling to India?
    A.
    If you believe in prevention is better than cure, it is always worth getting travel insurance before flying anywhere.

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  LANGUAGE

  • Q.Will I find the local people speaking English in Pushkar?
    A.
    Seldom will you find roadside vendors of auto drivers speaking in English.

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  MONEY AND CREDIT CARDS

  • Q.Are foreign currencies available in ATM machines?
    A.
    No. You will only get Indian currency in various denominations.

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  • Q.Which is the best place to exchange Euros, Sterling Pounds, US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars in Pushkar?
    A.
    The representatives of https://www.india-tours.com/will help you find the best place to get your money exchanged.

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  • Q.Can I get these currencies exchanged in banks or hotels?
    A.
    Banks offer a good rate of exchange. Depending on which hotel you are staying, you can get them exchanged.

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  • Q.Is it safe to use the credit cards in hotels, shops and restaurants in Pushkar?
    A.
    Yes. But beware of any fraudulent activities and do not share the personal details like CVV with anyone.

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  MONUMENTS

  • Q.List of monuments in Pushkar and their timings.
    A.
    • Brahma Temple - 530 am to 130pm - 3pm to 9pm
    • Pushkar Lake - 9:00 AM-6:00PM (Daily)
    • Moti Mahal - 24 hours
    • Apteshwar Temple - 6.30 AM - 8.30 PM
    • Savitri Mata Temple - 9am–6:30pm

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  • Q.Can I find public conveniences at the monuments?
    A.
    Yes. You will find autos and rickshaws here for local travel.

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  • Q.Can I get wheel chairs at the monuments?
    A.
    The monuments are not very disable-friendly but you can ask India tour operators to arrange for the same.

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  MOVING AROUND

  • Q.Advise on the best ways to travel in Pushkar.
    A.
    There are public buses, taxis, and Uber from the station. You can hire car services from India Tours for a convenient journey.

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  • Q.Is it advisable to rent a self-drive car in Pushkar?
    A.
    Since it is a touristy place, you will find self-driving options. Choose from the wide range of hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs and luxury vehicles to enjoy an impromptu tour.

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  NIGHT LIFE

  • Q.How is the nightlife in Pushkar?
    A.
    You can find the guesthouses and hostels where food is served late into the night along with live music and recreational smoking until the wee hours of the morning. It is different from what you generally experience in any cityscape.

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  PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Q.Is photography allowed in public places?
    A.
    Yes, you can photograph the public roads and the peripheries of the temples. People frown if you click inside the temples.

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  RELIGIOUS PLACES

  • Q.Where are places we can offer prayers to?
    A.
    Brahma Temple, Gayatri Temple, Saraswati Temple are three major places for Hindus.
    Adhai Din ka Jhonpra and Dargah Sharif are places of Islam importance. They are in Ajmer basically, and not exactly in Pushkar.

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  • Q.Should I maintain any dress code to visit these religious places?
    A.
    The population is largely male here and mostly belong to rural areas. It’s best to dress modestly and act conservatively. When visiting religious sites, avoid dresses with short sleeves and shorts. Always carry a scarf/ stole in case you need to cover up for unplanned temple / masjid visit.

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  • Q.Can foreigners go to all religious places?
    A.
    Rajasthan tourism is open to all sorts of tourists, including the religious places. If there are any specific rules, it will be clearly mentioned.

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  SAFETY

  • Q.How safe is Pushkar for a single women or a girl or a family to travel?
    A.
    It is not rated as one of the safest cities in India. So, make your arrangements accordingly.

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  • Q.As a woman traveller, should I be clicked with young men if requested?
    A.
    In such tricky situations, use your presence of mind. Always remember a polite no does no harm.

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  • Q.Shall I go out at night with strangers in Pushkar?
    A.
    No. It is not wise to go out with unknown people, no matter how amicable they are.

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  SHOPPING

  • Q.What do tourists generally buy in Pushkar?
    A.
    Sarafa Bazaar is one of the liveliest bazaars of Pushkar. You can try the stitched/ readymade garments, stony bead bangles, amazing fabrics, leather goods, intricately designed camel covers.

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  • Q.Am I allowed to bargain?
    A.
    Yes. Haggling is allowed in the roadside stores.

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  • Q.Is it easy to get cigarettes/cigars / tobacco easily inPushkar?
    A.
    Smoking in public places is illegal but you will barely find it to be enforced. You will find tobacco in stores easily.

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  • Q.Is it okay to shop from the store where our driver will take?
    A.
    The drivers will know better where to buy the local things from. But there’s no harm if you look around in the other local shops to compare the prices before actually buying.

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  • Q.Where can I get suggestion what to shop in Pushkar?
    A.
    Our representatives can help you.

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  • Q.Are the shops genuine to buy from?
    A.
    Hundreds of people buy from the roadside stalls when they have to buy souvenirs. You can also try the government and established brick and mortar shops in case you are worried about any form of shams.

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  TELEPHONE AND MOBILE/SIM CARDS

  • Q.Is it easy to buy a SIM card in Pushkar? Are they costly?
    A.
    There are mobile stores are available which sells both prepaid and postpaid SIMs. You can get many plans as per your budget and requirement.

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  THINGS TO DO

  • Q.Can we visit the local markets?
    A.
    Yes.

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  • Q.Can you arrange for culinary classes?
    A.
    Yes. You can learn about the spicy Rajasthani gastronomy in Pushkar.

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  • Q.Are there Yoga classes or naturopathy/wellness/ayurveda therapies in the city?
    A.
    Many centres give holistic wellness classes. This includes Yoga classes naturopathy/ wellness/ Ayurveda therapies.

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  • Q.What are main things to do in Pushkar?
    A.
    Religious and heritage tourism are main things to do here.

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  • Q.Can we engage in charity tourism?
    A.
    Yes. India Tours will help you arrange.

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  • Q.Can we learn classical Indian Dances in
    A.
    You can learn, study and practice of traditional Indian dances in a contemplative devotional atmosphere.

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  TIPPING

  • Q.Are we allowed to tip?
    A.
    5 – 10% of tipping is acceptable but sometimes they can ask you for more.

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  VACCINATIONS

  • Q.What vaccinations should I take to go to Pushkar?
    A.
    Recommended vaccinations for travel to Rajasthan and India generally are Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid.

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  • Q.Which vaccinations are not necessary but recommended to travellers?
    A.
    Oral polio vaccine (OPV), Typhoid vaccine, Varicella vaccine, Yellow fever (YF) vaccine are some of the recommended vaccines.

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  • Q.Which medicines should we carry when travelling to
    A.
    Apart from the particular drugs that you take, it is wise to carry Analgesic tablets, Antihistamine tablets, Cold and flu tablets, Cough Medicine, Motion sickness tablets, Diarrhoea Medicine, Antacid, Antiseptic Solution and Ointments.

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  VISA

  • Q.Does India accept E visa?
    A.
    India now has arrival visa for passport holders from 167 countries and territories including the US, UK, European Union, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Philippines and more.

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  • Q.What is the validity of E-Visa in India?
    A.
    E-Tourist visas and e-Business visas have a validity of one year from the date of issuance.

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  WATER AND DRINKS

  • Q.Are bottled water available in Pushkar?
    A.
    Yes.

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  • Q.Is it safe to drink tap water in Pushkar?
    A.
    Not always. It is better to get distilled water bottles.

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  • Q.Can we get bottled water in Pushkar?
    A.
    Yes.

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  • Q.Can we brush our teeth with tap water in Pushkar?
    A.
    The tap water is used to freshen up.

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  • Q.Is alcohol available?
    A.
    No openly, but you can find them in some nooks of the city discreetly.

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  • Q.Is it safe to drink tea and coffee in Pushkar?
    A.
    Yes. You will get plenty of options.

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  • Q.Can I get milk here?
    A.
    Yes.

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  WEATHER

  • Q.Which is the most preferred time to travel to Pushkar?
    A.
    The best time to visit the holy town is between November and March.

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  • Q.Give more information on weather
    A.
    The prevailing climate in Pushkar is known as a local steppe climate. 24.8 °C is the average annual temperature

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  • Q.When are the monsoons in Pushkar?
    A.
    Monsoons season of the town starts from the month of July and ends in September.

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  • Q.How are the monsoons here?
    A.
    There can be Torrential rainfall on some days of the monsoon.

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