The Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan in North India is an exotic celebration of the colors of life. Come to Pushkar on a Pushkar Tour and see the largest camel fair in the world. Watch folk dancers dressed in colorful costumes dance to the rhythm of a desert melody and see a beauty contest with a difference - for the contestants are all camels! Pushkar is full of surprises, so prepare to be amazed by the color and energy of the desert carnival at Pushkar. You can enjoy tours to fascinating Pushkar with India Profile.
How to reach Pushkar?
Pushkar is 13 Km from the town of Ajmer in Rajasthan. Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is 140 Km away and is the nearest airport and railway station. Delhi, the capital of India is 390 Km away and is the nearest airport. Pushkar can be accessed by road from all of these towns and also on camel back if you'd like to arrive in Pushkar in traditional Rajasthani style.
What to see in Pushkar?
Pushkar is a pilgrimage site in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. For most of the year Pushkar is a tranquil town with a calm and relaxing ambience. If its tranquility you're looking for, you will find serenity amidst the sand dunes of Pushkar, on a Pushkar Tour, for most of the year.
Pushkar gets into a carnival mood during the Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela. Traditionally a camel trading event, the Pushkar Mela has grown to become an international tourist attraction. Held every year during the holy occasion of Karthik Purnima, or full moon night in November, the Pushkar Mela is a vibrant kaleidoscope of images and colors. A city of tents springs up near the fair venue as Rajasthan Tourism and tour operators bring international visitors to see this exotic cultural event that showcases the heritage of Rajasthan. See Pushkar at its vibrant best on a Pushkar Tour, during the Pushkar Mela.
You can see hundreds of camels patiently resting on the sand dunes, as their owners bargain over their prices. There are also many cultural events held during the Pushkar Fair. The camel Beauty Pageant features camels that are elaborately decorated with ornamental saddles and back cloths decorated with mirrors, cowrie shells and colorful embroidery. Tug of war contests between people and camels, camel dancing events, and 'Laado Oonth' where as many people as possible try to ride a camel are part of the fun and games at the Pushkar desert festival in Rajasthan, India.
There are also performances by folk musicians and dancers at the Pushkar Fair. You can see the vibrant cultural heritage of Rajasthan on display at the Pushkar Mela. Traditional textiles and handicrafts are also on display. You can shop for silver jewellery and colorful Rajasthani clothes decorated with embroidery and mirror work, at the stalls in the Pushkar Mela.
Cultural Heritage of Pushkar
Pushkar is considered one of the holiest sites in India. The semicircular Pushkar Lake is believed to be extremely holy and has 52 bathing ghats or steps along its banks. The lake is only 10 meters deep in the middle with shallow areas near the banks where devotees can safely take a ritual holy dip. It is believed that whoever takes a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake on Karthik Purnima day is absolved of all their sins. Devotees bathe in Pushkar Lake and pray at the Temple dedicated to Lord Brahma nearby. Lord Brahma is the Creator in the Hindu Trinity. Pushkar is home to the only Brahma Temple in India. In the evening devotees float little boats made of leaves bearing flowers and diyas - little oil lamps, in the Pushkar Lake. This mesmeric sight mirrors the star-studded sky above as the desert festival of the Pushkar Mela draws to a close.
Dates of the Pushkar Fair: The Pushkar Fair will be held from 12 - 15 November 2005.
You can travel on a memorable Pushkar Tour to the holy pilgrimage site of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India and the vibrant Pushkar Desert Fair with India Profile.