the month of November, the vibrant land of Pushkar, Rajasthan comes
alive with the glistening colors of joys, vivacious events and huge
crowds to relish the famous Pushkar fair. A reflection of the ancient
land of Rajasthan with its opulent traditional culture and the
enthusiasm flowing through each event in the Pushkar Fair is truly
awe-inspiring. The occasion is marked with a dip in the holy waters of
Pushkar Lake and pay homage to the Hindu Deities. At the well-known
Pushkar fair, you can get a glimpse of the age old traditional richness
that is still alive on the bountiful land of Rajasthan.
of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes
place. Men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, cows,
sheep and goats. The women go to the stalls, full of bracelets, clothes,
textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music,
songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited
for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to
demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another. It
is celebrated on the day Kartik Poornima (night of the full moon), the
day, according to legend, which the Hindu god Brahma sprung up the lake,
thus numerous people swim in the sacred water.
Attractions The picturesque lake of Pushkar is set in a valley just
about 11 kilometres northwest of Ajmer, surrounded by hills on three
sides and sand dunes on the fourth. Pushkar forms a fascinating location
and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair.
Turbaned heads of men, and colorful veils and skirts of the women, bring
alive the arid desertscape. The village women dress in their best
clothes and finery for the five-day mela.
Pushkar is one of the sacred places for the Hindus, with 400 temples of
which the most important is dedicated to Lord Brahma the creator
of the universe. Fifty-two ghats bind the lake. During the days of the
mela, the otherwise tranquil lake is engulfed with religious fervor.
Thousands of devotees congregate to take a dip, sadhus descend from the
Himalayas and people pray for salvation to the sound of verses from the
Holy Scriptures, which fill the air.
In the afternoons, people
crowd the stadium where camels, horses, and cows are paraded and raced.
Camels are bought and sold during the Pushkar fair. On the roadside,
stalls of all kinds are set up to sell a cornucopia of items. Almost
every household is engaged in setting them up as the locals try to
capitalize on the massive influx of people. It is impossible to drive
around because of the large crowds. Either you hire a camel or you walk.
In this aspect, it is truly a rural bazaar.
interesting part of the Pushkar Fair is the mass trading of camels. Of
course, cattle and other livestock are also traded, but it's camels that
hold center stage at Pushkar. Camel-traders and villagers from miles
away converge to Pushkar with their humped beasts. Over 25,000 camels
(and that's on the conservative side) are traded; making this world's
largest camel fair.
Since Pushkar is a religious place alcohol
and non-vegetarian food is prohibited.How to Reach
is 11 kilometres northwest of Ajmer, which is located on National
Highway No, 132 kilometres west of Jaipur.. Ajmer is well connected with
Jaipur and Delhi by road and rail. One can fly to Jaipur and then easily
drive down to Pushkar, the site of the fair.