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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Being in Pushkar is an opportunity to opt for a desert safari on a camel. Camel ride amidst the golden sand and under the blue sky is an experience of a lifetime that one will never forget. Apart from camel rides, people can also opt for horse rides and jeep rides to explore the place and the Pushkar fair to the fullest.
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 is an ancient city that is home to the one and only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. The town is also known for many other tourist destinations such as Pushkar Lake, Varaha Temple, Savitri Temple, and Man Mahal. Every year tourists from the country and abroad arrive here to witness the charm and vibrant culture this town holds.
Pushkar is nearly 420, 1,000, 1,600, and 1,8000 km away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. The well-developed and well-connected railways, roadways, and airways allow you to easily commute to the town from any part of the country. Here are some of the best travel options that you may consider if planning a trip to this ancient city.
Traveling via inter-state and intra-state tourist buses is a convenient and cheaper travel option. You can also drive to the town if you are passionate about long road journeys. A one-way fare from Ajmer to Pushkar starts from Rs.200, from Jaipur Rs.300 onwards, from Kota Rs.250 onwards, from Jaisalmer Rs.750 onwards, and from Delhi Rs.300 onwards. The fare may go up to Rs.1000 in case you opt to travel via luxury buses.
If you are planning to drive to the town in your personal vehicle then you may consider traveling via NH 11 from Jaisalmer, by Bikaner-Barmer Road from Bikaner, by SH 7 from Sikar, and by NH 21 from Gwalior.
Ajmer Junction train station and Pushkar terminus are the two nearest railway stations to reach Pushkar. Express and Superfast trains from across the country and major cities arrive at the station.
From Jodhpur, you may consider traveling by trains like Ranikhet Express, or JU INDB Express; from Kota Dayodai Express, or Maru Sagar Express; from Jaipur Ashram Express, or Yoga Express; from Bikaner INDB Mahamana Express; from Gwalior Kurj UDZ Express; from Delhi Chetak Express; from Mumbai Amrapur Aravali; from Kolkata Annanya Express; and from Bengaluru JP Suvidha Express.
The nearest airports to Pushkar are Kishangarh airport and Jaipur airport which are about 50 and 140 km away respectively. Both the airports receive direct and connecting flights from all the metropolitan cities of India hence finding flights would not be a problem.
From Delhi, you may travel to Jaipur via Air India, Air Asia, and IndiGo airlines, and SpiceJet if planning to land at Kishangarh airport. To Kishangarh Airport you will have to travel via connecting flights from Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. Switching focus to Jaipur Airport, you may arrive in non-stop flights by SpiceJet, IndiGo, GoAir, and Air India from Mumbai; from Kolkata, Air India, GoAir and IndiGo can be considered for their non-stop flights; Go Air, IndiGo, and AirAsia can be considered for direct flights to Jaipur in case you are arriving from Bengaluru.
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