Sights in Pushkar
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The one-hour trek up to the hilltop Savitri Temple overlooking the lake is best made before dawn, though the views are fantastic at any time of day.
Pushkar boasts hundreds of temples, though few are particularly ancient, as they were mostly desecrated by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. Most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few such temples in the world. Apparently Brahma wanted to perform a yagna (self-mortification) at the lake, and when his wife Savitri didn't attend, he married another woman on a whim.
Savitri, understandably annoyed, vowed that Brahma would not be worshipped anywhere else. It's marked by a red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans (goose symbol) of Brahma.
The views from the Pap Mochani Temple, known as Gayatri Temple to locals and reached by a track behind the Marwar bus stand, are worth the climb.