Pushkar Camel Fair: Essential Festival Guide
Pushkar Camel Fair is a unique celebration of camels along with other cattle. More than 2 lakh people participate in this fair. Camel races are the main attraction along with other art exhibition and cultural performances. Pushkar Fair will be held at Pushkar, which is located 10 km away from Ajmer, Rajasthan.
This festival will make you feel excited with the group of people in colourful dresses, camels and cattle dressed with bejewelled with embellishments. It will be celebrated at the edge of the Thar Desert.
Dates of Pushkar Camel Fair
The most excited and awaited Pushkar Camel Fair will be from 4th to 12th November 2019. There will be a huge rush in this fair, hence it is recommended to book it in advance. If you come before you can enjoy the glimpse and swings of the festival.
Where will be the Fair Celebrated?
Pushkar Fair will be held in a small town named Pushkar, which is near to Ajmer. It is located on the edge of the Thar Desert, Rajasthan.
How the Pushkar Fair will be celebrated ?
One must see the comically shaved camels which are decorated with beautiful embellishments. This will resemble the joy and pride of the festival. Another most unique competition called as the most beautiful moustache will be held here. Many men with moustaches of varying length will compete for this prize.
This fair is well known for the sweets and snacks and carousel rides. Rajasthan Tourism Ministry will release the full list of the events which takes place at the fair. This list is made available at the palaces and hotels of Pushkar and the information desks.
Rituals Performed at the Pushkar Fair
Pushkar Fair will be held from Karthik Ekadashi to Karthik Purnima, that is 5 days. This fair is the holy pilgrimage for Hindus. Lord Brahma is the famous lord, who had temple only in this country. Pilgrims used to take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake and offer prayers to the Lord Brahma. For the spiritual rituals, 2 full moon days are considered as highly auspicious.
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Major Attractions at the Pushkar Fair
Camels are the major attraction in Pushkar Fair, which are decorated with jewellery and colourful saddles. Most of the celebrations and activities happen at the intersection of National Highway 89 and Brahma Temple Road. Camels are an integral part of Rajasthan’s livelihood. This Fair includes the unique practices for promoting the virility of animals like camel parades, shaving camels, beauty pageants and camel dances.
Pushkar is a unique camel show which makes the coexistence between the animal and man. This fair attracts the people from the surrounding towns and villages by the carnival of celebrations conducted at the fairgrounds. You can witness the folk dances, many cultural performances of the music, snake charmers and unique performances of the magicians is seen here.
Things to do in Pushkar Fair
1. Hot Air Balloon Ride:
Hot Air Balloon Ride will offer a thrilling and exciting experience. It will offer a whole view of the Pushkar Fair. This activity is not meant for faint-hearted people. It also offers a panoramic view of the desert land.
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This Camping is not just like the normal one, it contains all the luxurious facilities like spacious tents, Buttler services and others. A line-up of the tents will be found in the main spot. You can have a romantic experience during the full moonlight, which is truly worth your money.
3. Camel Safari:
The most exciting experience in the fair is to view the mesmerizing dunes during the sun rises and sunset. Camel Safari is the most beautiful activity one can experience during the fair. One can have a unique experience by taking a camel ride in the fairgrounds with the desert terrain and undulating dunes.
There are other adrenaline activities like quad biking, horse safari which can be held around the fairgrounds. You can have a unique terrain experience here.
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Where to Stay
During the festival time, the charges of any accommodation will raise the sky. It is advised to book earlier. You can have the facility to book the farm stays, guest houses, hotels, luxury tents, five-star resorts and heritage hotels. Some of the popular accommodations are Vela Resort, Ananta Resort, Dera Masuda, Jagat Palace, Lohana Village Resort and Bhanwar Singh Palace.
How to Reach Pushkar
Kishangarh is the nearest airport which had frequent flights from major cities like Rajasthan and its surrounding states, Delhi. The nearest railway station to Pushkar is Ajmer, which receives trains from all the major cities. You may even drive to the venue which takes just 30 minutes from the nearby snake mountain. You can enjoy this picturesque drive. Either, you can also take the World’s famous luxury train – Palace on Wheels that can help you to reach the destination.
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Things Not to Do in Pushkar Fair
There are several offers which are too good to be true, so just keep eyes wide open. It will attract many people from different regions, there might be chances of money scams. To avoid the gypsies and beggars at the fairgrounds, you can simply say no to avoid them.
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