Also known as Pushkar ka Mela, Pushkar Fair, is the world’s largest camel fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. Pushkar Fair is undoubtedly the world’s largest camel fair and it also makes it world’s largest cattle fair in general. Competitions such as the “Matka Phod”, “moustache”, and “bridal competition” are the main attractions of this fair which attracts thousands of tourists.
A spotlight of one’s holiday in India, the festival hosts around 50,000 camels which are sold, decorated, shaved and raced. From a mere 14,000 to a massive 200,000! This is how the population of Pushkar swells during the Pushkar Fair.
Pushkar Mela is an annual livestock fair and also the largest trading of livestock in India, that takes place in the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, usually during the months of Oct-Nov every year. The city of Pushkar attracts almost a million visitors annually with 1/4th of the visitors visiting Pushkar during the fair.
The Pushkar Mela is not only about livestock trade and pilgrimage and is highly popular among tourist for a wide array of reason, especially among the foreign tourist. Some of the reason you should visit Pushkar Mela once in your lifetime is:
One of the India’s large camel, horse and cattle fairs.
History & Legends
Puskar has has the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country. Myth says that Lord Brahma was on his way to search for a suitable place to perform a ‘Yagna’ (a fire sacrifice) while contemplating, a lotus fell from his hand on the earth and water sprouted from that place. One of them was Pushkar where Lord Brahma performed “Yagna”. Worship of Brahma was considered highly important at the end of the first millennium BC.
The holy lake has 52 ghats and pilgrim taking a ritual dip in the lake is a common sight. Although a serene town, Pushkar bustles with life during the joyous celebration held on Kartik Purnima. Every year thousands of devotees throng the lake around the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in October-November to take a holy dip in the lake. Huge and colourful cattle fair “The Pushkar Fair”, is also held during this time. Pushkar fair is well-known for it’s camel trading and other attractive activities.
Umpteen number of traders gather here and and set up shops. These traders sell a lot of products like woolen blankets of Merta, bead necklaces of Nagaur, textiles printed in Ajmer and Jodhpur, brassware of Jodhpur and Jaipur etc. Saddles, ropes, and assorted household items are also on sale.
Cultural shows and exhibitions are also organized in this fair to enliven the event. Movies are shown, competitions are arranged, bards and poets recite and sing tales of valour and heroism of bygone days. Animal races and other competitions also add the attraction.
Why visit the Pushkar Fair?
It is the world’s largest Camel Fair
You will visit the only Brahma Temple in the world
You will see the Holy Pushkar Lake with 52 ghats surrounding it
Pushkar offers around 400 temples to see
You can participate in numerous cultural activities
Ethnic shopping items from all over the state are on sale
Itâ€™s a rare combination of religious fervour and cultural vibrancy in Rajasthan
You can interact with tribal folks and understand their culture
How to Reach Pushkar
Pushkar lies at a distance of 11 km from Ajmer, which serves as the base for the most of the long-distancepjourneys to and from Pushkar.
By Air : The nearest airport from Pushkar is located in Jaipur which is 131 km away.
By Rail : Ajmer which is situated at a distance of 11 km from Pushkar, is the nearest railway station. Ajmer in turn is well connected with major destinations in Rajasthan.
By Road : Pushkar has to two bus stands. The Marwar bus stand is situated to the north of the town by the post office and has buses to some long distance places including Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner. The Ajmer bus stand is located east of the Pushkar town and offers bus services to Ajmer and Jaipur.
Pushkar Fair Programme
The Pushkar Fair is no less than an encyclopedia on the tradition and culture of the state of Rajasthan. It is the event when a better population of the state can be found at one place and at one time. It seems as if the whole state has come alive at Pushkar to stand witness to its pulsating cultural heritage.
Villagers gather from all around the state to enjoy and make merry, breaking all the barriers of hectic schedules of their lives. Colourful sights at the fair can touch and move even the sternest heart. Hindu pilgrims can be seen flocking the place to take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake, washing away all the sins of the past. Devotees and worshippers can be seen surrendering themselves at the only Brahma Temple.
Shopping in Pushkar
Pushkar, a small town in Rajasthan, is located 11 km from the city of Ajmer. It is a land of various colours, different moods and an enigma visited by people from all over the world for various reasons. Primarily, it is a holy place also famous for its Pushkar lake, plethora os temples and last but not the least various shopping articles known for their unique charm.
Pushkar occupies an important place in Rajasthan as a source of souvenirs and visitors who visit this holy town definitely go the bazaars to purchase textiles, clothes with elaborate embroidery, ethnic jewellery which is a speciality of Rajasthan, alluring miniature paintings, leather goods, lovely brass utensils, mesmerising puppets and pottery. Pushkar is considered to be one of the most interesting places in Rajasthan to buy costume jewellery and embroidered clothes.
At the time of Pushkar fair, one can purchase various items like beads, brass utensils, lovely colourful bangles, leather goods, unique embroidered clothes, camel cover, and much more.
Major shopping areas in Pushkar are Sarafa Bazar, Baza Bazar and Kedalganj bazaar.
Exploring the Pushkar Temples
Pushkar, located 11 km northwest of Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan, is one of the most important pilgrimages in the country. The town is considered to be sacred by the Hindus because of the presence of some 500 temples, which encircle the lake. Some of the most visited temples here are the Brahma Temple, Savitri Temple, Rangji Temple, Varah Temple and Apteshwar Temple.
Capture the pure Essence of Rajasthan
Travellers and visitors to the Pushkar Mela can experience the local culture and hospitality at its best during the Pushkar Mela. Travellers can mingle with the locals, dress up in traditional Rajasthani attire, indulge in rich Rajasthani cuisine while witnessing the entire city Pushkar covered by decorated camels, colourful staffs, locals dressed in traditional attire, the divineness of the Pushkar Lake, etc.
Experience a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Travellers can experience hot air balloon rides and have a bird’s eye view of the colourful and vibrant sights and scenes of the fair while also enjoying the mesmerising natural beauty of Pushkar and areas around it.
Enjoy Live Music in the Desert
The Pushkar Mela also hosts many live musical events ranging from traditional music to modern rock and music bands. Well known bands to have performed at the Pushkar Mela include the Indian Ocean, Prem Joshua and Band, Advaita and many more.
Witness the most “Bizarre” competitions
The Pushkar Mela is also the home to some of the strangest and most bizarre competitions in the world. These include bride-groom contest, a contest of pot breaking, tug-of-war, turban competition, moustaches and beard competitions, turban competitions etc.
Any visit to Pushkar is incomplete without spending a night camping in the desert. With colourful tents set under the stars, festivities can last the entire chilly night with music and bonfire. Travellers can experience lives of nomads and tribal of Rajasthan.
Shopping at Local Bazaars.
The town of Pushkar have several local markets or bazaars, with the most famous being the Sarafa Bazaar, Kedalganj Bazaar, the Bada Bazaar which sells a wide assortment of traditional Rajasthani garments and handicrafts, jewellery, leather items, rose items, trinkets etc. These bazaars have a lively, colourful atmosphere filled with the hospitality of the local people which enhances the entire experience of shopping.
Take a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake
With over 52 ghats and 400 temples surrounding the sacred lake, the Pushkar Lake receives thousands of visitors every year who come here to take a dip and bathe in the holy waters of the sacred lake. Visitors can witness an assortment of sights and scenes at the Pushkar Lake which includes Hindu saints and sadhus, pilgrims bathing in the holy water and various religious ceremonies being held on the ghats of this sacred lake. Some of the famous ghats among visitors include the Bhrama Ghat, Varaha Ghat, Badri Ghat, Gangaur Ghat, Yajna Ghat and the Saptarishi Ghat.
Camel and Horseback Safari
The town of Pushkar is also famous for several outdoor activities such as camel and horseback safaris. Pushkar offers travellers a wide array of camel and horseback safaris from a short hour-long safari, sunset and sunrise safari to a full day Pushkar fair on horseback to an overnight camel safari with overnight camping in the desert under the stars.
Visitors can explore the rustic landscape of Pushkar, travel through sand-dunes and enjoy the sights and sounds of the country-side of the region.
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