SAVITRI TEMPLE PUSHKAR – HINDU PILGRIMAGE SITE
The Savitri Temple in Pushkar overlooks the entire town of Pushkar and all the surrounding valleys. The temple can be spotted while at the Pushkar Lake and the beauty is, the temple is only a fifteen-minute walk from the lake. It really is the most accessible and a great way to enjoy the view over the whole of Pushkar.
SAVITRI TEMPLE IN PUSHKAR
The walk up from the base takes about fifteen minutes, although you may need a few breaks it is quite a steep incline of stairs. There is also a ropeway which is carriages that take you up the mountain on a cable. I’m not sure how much it costs but unless you are afraid of a short workout and some sweat I suggest the stairs. Keep an eye out for monkeys they were quite aggressive and had me on edge, ready for battle.
At the top of the Savitri Temple, you will need to remove your shoes before you can enter the temple. I had made some friends who worked in the India Navy in Goa and watched them give their prayers and perform a short ritual, which began by ringing a bell hung from the ceiling.
The Savitri Temple in Pushkar is dedicated to the wife of Lord Brahma, Savitri. In 1687 the temple was built on Ratnagiri Hill. You might hear guides refer to the Ratnagiri Hill sunrise/sunset hike. They are referring to the Savitri Temple. The idols of Savitri and Gayatri sit inside the temple and are the centerpiece of a room you cannot enter but can look into while offering prayer. The idols are incredibly old, dating back to the 7th century.
After the prayer, we took in the views at both the back and the front of the temple as the sun began to set. We got asked to head down before the colors in the sky starting to come through but it was still a great view of the town and surrounding farms.
I suggest heading up an hour before sunset and enjoying the evening sky after visiting the temple. Entry is free but donations are encouraged.
Where to stay in Pushkar
When you are in Pushkar, the main thing to look for in accommodation is located. You want to be near the ghat (the lake). This is where all of the action is and the feature of the city. The accommodation is very cheap in Pushkar and you can get a hostel for $5-10 or a private room for $10-20. I have recommended two places below. One is a hostel by the popular Zostel chain and the other is a value pick for a private room. Both have a pool, which is nice because it can get very hot and there is no beach or swimming lake nearby.
Budget recommendation: Zostel Hostel Pushkar – The Zostel Hostel Line has a great reputation in India and the hostel in Pushkar is no different with modern facilities, air-conditioning and of course a swimming pool.
Value recommendation (Private Room): The Country Side Resort – This resort has beautiful architecture and amazing facilities with a big swimming pool on the resort grounds for less than $20 per night for a private room.
Savitri Temple Pushkar Map