The Pushkar Fair, or Pushkar Mela, is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world’s largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights have become competitions such as the “matka phod”, “longest moustache”, and “bridal competition” are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists
This November come and experience the rich tradition of Rajasthan comes alive at Pushkar. A small little hamlet, just around 18 kms from the religious city of Ajmer famous for Dargah of Ajmer Sarif, Pushkar, is host to an annual event called the Pushkar fair. The fair visited by foreigners and Indian alike is perhaps the largest gathering for a fair from tourists all around the world in Rajasthan. Held in the Hindu month of Kartik or November, the fair is a great crowd puller.
Synonymous with the world’s largest camel and cattle fair, the Pushkar fair indeed is a unique experience. The onset of winters bringing the cool winds from the south west, the golden sand dunes reflecting various colours with every phase of the Sun; adding to the natural colours are not only the vibrantly dressed men and women or the shops selling various colourful goods, but also the decorated and bedecked Camel and cattle which are at sale here. The charm of the fair and also the reason behind it becoming the world famous fair is its original and very rural charm. Here the people spontaneously break into a song or a dance, they forget their daily miseries and enjoy the camel and the cattle races. They buy goodies and make merry. All this adds to the charm of the place and that too with a religious touch to it.
Pushkar has temple of Lord Brahma, creator of the three worlds which is the only temple in India of dedicated to Lord Brahma. According to a legend, as Lord Brahma was searching for a suitable place to perform a yagnya, the lotus fell of his hands and the place where it fell sprung out water, since then the lake of Pushkar was formed. The lake still stands with 52 bathing Ghat on its banks. People throng to these ghat to take a dip in the holy lake and wash away all their sins, as is the popular belief here. It was on the full moon day in the month of Kartik that the lake was formed. This religious reason has given the world an opportunity to be a part of one of the most spectacular fairs of the world.
One can enjoy a leisurely trip around the whole of Rajasthan after witnessing the fair or may wind up with ever green – Golden triangle of India.
• Kalbeliya Dance
Kalbeliya is one of the sensuous dance forms of Rajasthan. It is performed by the Kalbeliyas, the snake charmers community. The dancers wear long, black skirt decorated with sliver ribbons. They spin in circles with great flexibility and the pace increases with the increase in beats
• Camel Safari
Camel Safari in Pushkar is a once in a lifetime experience. India Profile tailors these safaris to suit your requirements. Explore the rugged terrain of the Great Indian Desert of Sahara, while using camels as your load bearers. Sleep under the starlit skies. A traveler could not ask for a better introduction to the stark beauty of this place otherwise more famous for its spiritual activities. There is not an iota of doubt that a visit to Pushkar is incomplete without experiencing a camel safari.
11km North-West of Ajmer, Rajasthan.