Fairs and Festivals of India

Pushkar Fair

pushkar-fairPushkar Fair - this word conjures up a plethora of images like beautifully decorated camels, opulent palaces, rolling sand dunes, unique handicrafts, pristine lakes and sumptuous delicacies. The annual eight day Pushkar Mela is organized between October to November in the enchanting town of Pushkar that is located about 11 km from the city of Ajmer. This vibrant fest is undoubtedly a quintessential presentation of the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

Pushkar – Small but Glittering Gem of Rajasthan The fair takes the tourists to the fascinating and cultural journey of Rajasthan. Pushkar is also known as the 'Land of Lord Brahma' – a Hindu deity who created the universe. It is believed that the town is an abode of Lord Brahma. The place is also one of the divine pilgrimage destinations, especially for the Hindu devotees. A dip in the holy waters of the picturesque Pushkar Lake is considered to absolve the people from all their sins.

This quaint town blooms during the Pushkar fair that sets the people into the festive mood. Tourists from every nook and corner of the world pour into the town to add some spark to their vacations and most importantly explore the true essence of Rajasthan.

Pushkar Fair – A Magical Sojourn to the Unique Event on Earthpushkar-fair pushkar-fair The Pushkar fair is generally organized in the month of from Kartik Ekadasi to Kartik Poornima (October – November) according to the Hindu Lunar Calendar. It is touted as one of the biggest livestock fair in the world that includes trading of camels, goats, cows, horses, sheeps and bullocks. The fair is thrown open to the public with a flag hoisting ceremony at the mela ground. In the evening, plenty of people assemble near the Pushkar Lake or Sarovar to see the deepdan (floating lamp) ritual and offer prayers in Brahma Temple.

The stars of the fair are the magnificently adorned camels that captivate the attention of the tourists. The camels are fondly bedecked with the colorful saddles, silver jewelries, emeralds and beads. For the entertainment of the people, various competitions such as the camel dance, decorated camel, camel race competitions are also held. Moreover, the best decorated camel is handsomely rewarded bringing a huge smile into the face of the camel owner.

There is no dearth of the entertainment quotient for the visitors. A concentrated effort is made to acquaint the tourists with the rich heritage and vivid culture of Rajasthan. For this purpose, there are many stalls and shops that offer multicolored turbans, stunning jewelries, dazzling bangles, beautiful clothes and various other magnificent artifacts. The traditional folk dance, magic shows, music and puppet show mesmerize the tourists. The other exciting activities in the Pushkar Mela include a tug of war, kabaddi match, turban tying, horse race, matka phod (pot breaking) and long moustache competition.

Pushkar fest is a perfect amalgamation of rich traditions, vibrant culture and never ending fun. There are three things that you will bring back from your tour - entertainment, entertainment and entertainment! Do not miss the golden opportunity to be a part of this great carnival and have an unforgettable experience.

Festival Date: 30th October to 06th November 2014

How to Reach Pushkar:

By Air: Sanganer Airport situated in the city of Jaipur is a nearest airport that connects Pushkar to the various prominent parts of India and abroad.

By Rail: Ajmer is the closest railway station for the visitors to reach Pushkar. Ajmer being a renowned sacred destination itself is about 11 km away from Pushkar. The taxi and bus services are quite conveniently available from Ajmer to reach Pushkar.

By Road: Pushkar has a very good connectivity with all the major states and cities of India. Marwar is a prominent bus stand that is located very nearer to Pushkar and has excellent road connectivity with important cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and so on.