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Pushkar Fair, Pushkar Camel Fair or Kartik Mela are the different names of this cultural kaleidoscope that is held in the state of Rajasthan every year. Pushkar is a very well-known place of the state which is blessed with authentic traditions, unmodified culture, and unique hospitality. Pushkar fair is India’s largest cattle fair that is held for 9 days and each day is marked by unique and energizing programs and attractions. 

Pushkar is also known to be the only place that has a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is believed that the lake that surrounds the temple has been consecrated by 33 million Hindu Gods on the night of Kartik Purnima. This also makes Pushkar one of the five dhams for Hindu followers.  

History of Pushkar Fair

Locals of Pushkar claim that the fair is more than 100 years old and initially, the fair was organized to glorify and celebrate the Kartik Purnima (full moon night of consecration of Pushkar lake) in the lunar month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar. Earlier villagers from the nearby villages would come here to celebrate the rich Hindu culture by performing the religious rituals, along with folk music and dance. Being a desert, Rajasthan is home to camels who are an innate part of their culture and festivals. During Pushkar Mela, camel owners decorate their camels in vibrant clothes, accessories, hang bells around their neck and paint them to gather the attraction of the crowd and also honor the animal for its hard work.   

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During the fair pilgrims and villagers from across the country, visit here to take the holy dip at Pushkar Lake and offer prayers to Lord Brahma in his one and only temple on earth located here in Pushkar. Puppet acts, mustache competition, camel sports, Matka Tod competition, Bridal competition, camel parade, dance performances, are the major highlights of the fair. The 9 days long Pushkar fair (mela) is a concentrated dose of Rajasthani culture and heritage. 

Major attractions of Pushkar Fair

Biggest Cattle Trade Fair 

The fair is visited by agriculturalists, farmers, and cattle owners and people who belong to the dairy industry for the sale and purchase of cattle and camels. Apart from sale and purchase people also get to witness an exhibition of camels wherein they are adorned with vibrant accessories and clothes. 

Immerse into the Folk Music and Dance 

Many fusion bands of India perform during the festival which is a major highlight of the fair. Some fun and extremely entertaining competitions and events are also a part of the event in which people participate and win prizes. 

Camping and Hot Air Balloon Ride 

If you think that there is no place for adventure and thrill in this cattle fair cum cultural festival then you are mistaken. All the adventure enthusiasts can opt for camping or the hot air balloon ride at the fair. The hot air balloon ride will give you a birds-eye view of the fair which is just incredible! Camping in the cold nights along with the warm hospitality of people at Pushkar is an unmatched combo that you’ve got to try once.   

Desert Safari 

Being in Pushkar is an opportunity to opt for a desert safari on a camel. Camel ride under amidst the golden sand and blue sky is an experience of a lifetime that one will never forget. Apart from camel ride people can also opt for a horse ride and jeep rides to explore the place and the Pushkar fair to the fullest.      

Visit Ajmer Sharif Dargah 

Ajmer Sharif is a holy shrine of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti. The dargah is approximately 15km away from the Pushkar Mela. People from across the globe arrive here to offer their prayers, make wishes and escape from the fast-paced life and get lost in the mystical ambiance of the shrine.   

Pushkar Mela 2019   

Pushkar Mela is scheduled to take place from 4th November 2019 to 12th November 2019. The initial days from 4th to 9th November are dedicated to cattle trade and exhibition, whereas 10th and 11th November are dedicated to cultural performances and programs. The last day of the fair which is 12th November is reserved to take the holy dip in the Pushkar lake.   

How to reach 

By Road. Traveling via inter-state and intra-state tourist buses is a convenient and cheaper travel option for tourists and travelers who like road journeys. Because Pushkar is well connected via roads one may also take one’s personal vehicle such as a car/bike to reach Pushkar. In any case, one has to cover nearly 420, 1000, 1600, and 18000km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.  

By Rail. Ajmer Junction train station and Pushkar terminus are two nearest railway stations to reach Pushkar Mela. Express and Superfast trains from across the country and major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru arrive at the station. Ajmer Express, Nzm Aii Duronto, and Ajmer Shatabdi are a few trains on which seats can be reserved to reach Pushkar Mela.    

By Air. Pushkar fair is organized in the city of Pushkar of the state of Rajasthan every year. The nearest airports to Pushkar are Kishanganj airport and Jaipur airport which are about 50km and 140km away. Both the airports receive direct and connecting flights from all the metropolitan cities of India hence finding flights will not be a problem. 

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    04 November 2019 - 12 November 2019

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    Pushkar

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