Pushkar Fair: All you need to know about biggest Camel Festival in World
Fairs and Festivals in India
Pushkar fair also is known as ‘Pushkar ka Mela’ is all about camels. This fair host around 50,000 camels. In recent years it has become a popular tourist spot. Pushkar fair is held in a small and beautiful town of Pushkar in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. The town is surrounded by hills on the three sides and there is also a beautiful lake known as Puskar Lake. Pushkar fair is held on the banks of this lake. It is set in a valley which is 14km away from Ajmer city.
Pushkar fair is basically an annual five-day camel fair and is known as one of the largest camel fairs in the world. Here men also buy or sell their livestock like cows, sheep, and goats. Apart from this, there are many more events that are held. The popular events are ‘matka phod’, ‘longest mustache’ and ‘bridal competition’. These are the main attractions why Pushkar fair tours are so popular and are visited by thousands of tourists every year.
The town’s population is around 21,626 but during Pushkar fair, it shoots up to 200,000. Pushkar is one of the important pilgrimage destinations in India. It is considered to be one of the five sacred dhams of Hindus. The other four dhams are Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwarka. It is said that the demon Vajra Nabh was killed by Lord Brahma with a lotus flower. This lotus flowers’ petals floated down to earth and landed in Pushkar where lakes sprang up. Earlier this lake was surrounded by more than 400 temples. The Brahma temple is the most important temple in India and the only Brahma temple in the whole world. Thousands of Hindus come to Pushkar from across the world to take a dip in the holy waters of Pushkar Lake. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated in the month of Kartik i.e. in the months of November and December. The last day of the fair (Kartik Poornima) is the most important day for the pilgrims. It is believed that this was the day when God Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake.
The fair starts with a camel race followed by music, songs, and exhibitions. The other events are folk performances, body tattooing, ethnic shopping, puppet shows, acrobatics, best breed contest, etc. Traders also sell products like bead necklaces of Nagaur, brassware of Jodhpur and Jaipur, textiles printed in Ajmer and Jodhpur, woolen blankets of Merta, etc. Women are more attracted to the stalls of glittering wares. The climate of Pushkar is extreme so the best time to visit Pushkar is in between October to March.
Pushkar fair tour packages are now easily available. There are best and complete Pushkar fair tours packages provided from one’s home to Puskar fair and then back to home. For the visitor, Pushkar fair tour is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the culture and enthusiasm of Rajasthan in one place. One can visit Pushkar to catch a glimpse of this lively town begetting a legacy of timeless architectural heritage.