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The Pushkar Fair

Around 11,000 camels, horses and cattle are visited by over thousands of people from around the world. Pushkar fair is one of the most famous tourist attractions in India. It is a one in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the vibrant royalty and tradition of Rajasthan. This year it will be held on November 8-15 2016.

Rajasthan And Its Unbound Friendship With Camels

It is said that Camels have originated from North America at least 40 million years ago. Before the Ice age they developed into a distinct species and had moved to Central Asia, East Asia, Iran, and Arabia.

Camels share a special relationship with Rajasthan, as largest numbers of camels in India are found in Rajasthan. Camels are traditionally used as a transport mechanism, to take goods from one place to another, to carry water from wells or to take people from one destination to other. But apart from these traditional roles, camels have taken a special place in the lives of Rajasthani people. They are often decorated during weddings and other important festivals. Indian deserts especially the region of Rajasthan is incomplete without Camels in it. In order to celebrate this exceptional animal, Rajasthan holds The Pushkar Camel Fair every year.

 

Reverent land Pushkar

Pushkar is known as the holy town of Rajasthan and is famous for its lake, temples, and traditions. In the whole world, Pushkar is where the only temple of Lord Brahma is located. Apart from the breathtaking view of Pushkar lake and astonishing architecture of Pushkar temples, you can also enjoy camel safaris!!

The Pushkar Fair

The Pushkar camel fair is celebrated every year in the month of November in the city of Pushkar , Rajasthan. Initially, the fair was organized for the local camel traders to do business, over the years it attracted traders from all over the world and now it has become also a tourist attraction. It is a grand scale celebration where you can witness the colors, tradition, royalty and meet thousands of livestock, farmers and traders of Rajasthan.

 

Pushkar Fair Has Everything From Camel Races To Entertainment!!

Apart from buying and selling of livestock, it holds some of the most spectacular shows and competitions. These include Camel race, longest mustache, Beauty competitions where camels are cleaned and decorated with jewelry and clothes, the most beautifully decorated camel wins the prize.

Another popular competition is where the camel which succeeds in accommodating the maximum number of people on its back, wins. They also host a cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a team of random foreign tourists. Maybe you could be the lucky player?

  

Shopping

Apart From these, you can also enjoy the folk dances and music, you can shop in the crafts market of Pushkar mela. It is like a rural bazar where every household of Pushkar and nearby villages come and set up their stall. You can find the famous tie ‘n’ dye fabrics from Ajmer here, silver jewelry, bangles, bead necklaces from Nagaur, as well as printed textiles.

  

Food To Die For….

You can dig in the famous Rajasthani food which includes Dal Bati and Churma which is prepared with gram flour balls and tangy gravy made up of buttermilk and spices or Rajasthani Kadhi which is made of buttermilk, gram flour, spices, and ghee.

 

Where To Stay

It is recommended to plan a visit to Pushkair Fair and book the accommodation few months in advance. Those are the heaviest dates in year for Pushkar, hotels charge double or triple the usual rate and all propertoes are fully booked anyway. There are plenty of options to choose from such as tents, guest houses, heritage hotels and farm stays. Experience travel agent will help you choose and book the best option.

Pushkar festival is a unique way to experience the life of local traders. You can be a part of the traditions and values these traders are following from generations. It is not just a festival of colors and happiness but also a way of life in which the humble Camel plays a very important role. So be a part of Pushkar festival by planning your trip to Pushkar with boutique tour organizer Nomaday travel.

-Priyanka Bho

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