The Pushkar Fair is one of the most attractive festivals in Rajasthan. In the start of winters every year, the desert landscape is seen covered by almost 30,000 camels. The fair eponymous with camels is a fascinating colorful opportunity to witness an Indian festival.
The Pushkar Camel Fair was started to attract the local camel and cattle traders for a business meeting during the holy Kartik Purnima festival. The festival is an extravagant occasion as it is a major tourist attraction. The festival celebrates colors, music, dances, food and competitions besides letting tourists enjoy the beautiful golden sand dunes. Create unforgettable memories of the lifetime when you attend the festival, it is a sensory feast.
When is the Fair Celebrated?
The Pushkar Fair is celebrated every year on the holy Kartik Purnima. The full moon day in the Hindu lunar month of Kartik has been known to be very auspicious. Pilgrims from far and wide come to take a dip in the holy waters of the Pushkar Lake and pray to Lord Brahma. In 2018, the official dates for the Pushkar Fair are from November 15th till November 23rd.
Where is the Fair Celebrated?
The small town of Pushkar hosts the Pushkar Camel Fair. The holy town is located in the state of Rajasthan on the edge of the Thar Desert.
How is the Pushkar Fair Celebrated?
The Pushkar Fair is quite known for the camels. The ship of the desert are seen in huge numbers. The camels are dressed up in colorful garbs, adorned lovingly. The beasts of the desert are lovingly washed, adorned and ornamented with cloths, jewelry, silver bells, bangles and other finery. The camels bedecked at their best are paraded around for all to see. There is even a Camel Beauty Contest organized. Camels are entered into races, competitions dance shows, and trade of cattle. One interesting contest turns the camel into a clown car. Numerous people climb aboard, until the camel starts bucking vigorously to get down people from its humps.
This festival has religious origins which draws pilgrims from far and wide to this festival to bathe in the holy waters of Pushkar's lake. The two days around the full moon are considered to be the most auspicious time of the year for bathing in the lake. It is believed to absolve their sins with the holy waters. Sadhus, holy gurus and people from all walks of life come to take a dip in the lake.
The sand dunes of Pushkar appear in the carnival mood. There is a huge inflow of pilgrims, camel traders, and tourists. It is a fascinating sight, and a great opportunity to witness the colors, aromas and mood of an old traditional style Indian festival. A huge carnival is held. There are musicians, dancers, acrobats, magicians, snake charmers, rides and food stalls to entertain the guests. The festival highlights are temple dancing, folk and classical music, and arts and crafts bazaar as well. The mustache competition where menfolk compete for the award for their facial tresses is definitely worth witnessing.
It is possible to witness the spectacle of the camel fair from up in the sky, in a hot air balloon. There are tour companies which offers exhilarating hot air-balloon flights over Pushkar. Savor the beautiful sight of the desert landscape in the early sunrise hour or anytime of the day. An International Hot Air Balloon Festival is also organized during the fair.
The Pushkar Fair is one of the significant tourist attractions in Rajasthan. The huge influx of visitors during the camel fair causes the demand for accommodations to rise, and prices increase accordingly. Before you attend the festival make plans for your stay. There are two main options for organizing a place to stay, either arrive a couple of days before the fair starts and find accommodation or book in advance. Lodgings include simple guest houses, desert tents, heritage hotels, and farm stays.
How to Reach?
The nearest airport to reach Pushkar is in Jaipur. The Jaipur International Airport is around two and a half hours away. Buses, state owned and private luxury ones play on the route. Taxis and other private vehicles can be booked for comfortable travel.
The closest railway station, which receives long distance Indian Railways trains, is Ajmer. There is a single train line linking Ajmer and Pushkar. Either take a taxi from Ajmer railway station or reach Pushkar by train coming from Ajmer.
By Road Pushkar is well-connected through Jaipur and Ajmer. A 30 minute drive through the aptly named Snake Mountain (Nag Parbat) takes you to Pushkar. State owned buses, deluxe Volvos and taxis ply on the route.
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