in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, is one of the most ancient towns in the
country. This city has one of the few rare temples dedicated to Lord Brahma,
the creator. Pushkar is mentioned in both the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha as
a scared place and many devout Hindus take up a pilgrimage to Pushkar every
year. Thanks to its religious and historic appeal, a lot of tourists travel to
Pushkar to witness the beauty and charm of the place.
What You Should Know
About the Pushkar Fair
Fair is held each year during the months of November-December, coinciding with
the Hindu month of Karthik. The fair is celebrated for five days, from Karthik
Ekadasi to Karthik Poornima (Full Moon). Karthik Poornima is considered to be
the day when Lord Brahma appeared here, out of a lotus, in the Pushkar Lake.
This fair is
the largest cattle fair organized in India, and a large number of camels and
cattle are traded during this time. Camel races and even camel beauty contests
are held to showcase the animals’ best points. It is believed that around 50000
camels are traded here on a yearly basis, making it probably the largest camel
fair in the world.
So What’s In It for
The camels on
display are sure to enthrall foreigners and tourists, as these majestic beasts
can make heads turn due to their studied nonchalance. Witnessing the local
trade and the races is sure to be an exciting experience for both local and
international travelers too.
show, games, contests and even an exhibition cricketing match between the local
club and a team of visitors to the city are held. It is a colorful and pulsating
event that attracts people who are interested in studying the local culture and
casual tourists looking to have some fun.
Men and women,
attired in their colorful best (in the local clothes), throng here to visit the
temple and the fair. Amusing contests like ones for ‘The Biggest Moustache’, ‘Matka
Phod’ and ‘The Best Bridal Dress-Up’ are held to entertain visitors. Other
attractions for visitors include puppet shows, acrobatics, shopping for ethnic
ware, body tattooing and folk dance and music performances.
their owners gather here in thousands and race and preen and show off in a one-of-a-kind
show. Visit Pushkar during the Pushkar Mela and witness one of the most
spectacular rural trade shows in the world!