Camel fair which is also called Pushkar fair is celebrated every year in Rajasthan in the month of October or November. This is the world’s largest fair which is also attended by many international tourists who schedule their trip in advance. Around 2 lakh people attend this fair every year.
This traditional carnival of Rajasthan is mainly popular for the trade of camels, cattle, and horses. Apart from this, seven days of Pushkar festival hosts a number of attractions for the visitors.
Camel Race at Pushkar Fair
Camel and horse races are the major attraction of the fair. Camels are dressed up and decorated with colorful saddles, jewelry, and other embellishments and exhibited for the trade.
Cultural Activities at Pushkar Fair
All the traditional colours of the Gujar community can be seen here. This includes a lot of cultural activities, folk music and dance performances by the locals in their traditional attire.
Competitions at Pushkar Fair
To engage the visitors, Pushkar Mela hosts a lot of competitions like matka phod, longest moustache, camel decoration and bridal competition.
Puppet Shows at Pushkar Fair
The traditional puppet shows to entertain the visitors are also a part of this fair. Dance of the Snake Charmers and performances by magicians also attract of a lot of people.
Rides at Pushkar Fair
People can also enjoy hot air balloon ride, camel and horse rides and jeep safaris in Pushkar fair.
Shopping at Puskhar Fair
Pushkar fair and the nearby markets is the hub to buy traditional paintings and handicraft items. People love to shop here block printed and tie-and-dye textiles, pottery items, handmade jewellery, fashion accessories and bags with a traditional touch and handcrafted home décor items and furnishings.
Food at Pushkar Fair
Experience the traditional and mouthwatering food of Rajasthan at Camel fair. – It includes Dal Baati Churma, Malpua, Rajasthani Lassi, various types of Pooris, Dal Kachori, Pyaz Kachori, Mirchi Wada, Allo Papri, Gujia, Ghevar, Jalebi and much more.
Where to Stay at Pushkar fair?
There are many budget and luxury hotels in Pushkar which visitors can book in advance. Booking on the spot can cost you more, so it is advisable to book your room at least one month before. Staying in camps and tents in mela ground is also a unique experience. If you want to take a camping feel, you may also book camps. You will also get air-conditioned, deluxe and luxury tents here.
Attractions and Temples near Pushkar Fair
Pushkar mela is also associated with the Hindu religion as it celebrates Kartik Purnima. Thousands of people from different parts of the country reach here to take a holy bath in the sacred Pushkar Lake. Pushkar Lake had 52 Ghats and more than 400 nearby temples.
The most popular temples near to Pushkar Fair are: • Sri Sawai Bhoj Temple • Brahma Temple • Mahadeve Temple • Savitri Temple • Rangji or Rangnath Temple • Varah Temple • Sri Vaikunthnathji Temple
Other places to visit in Pushkar:
• Man Mahal
• Gurudwara Singh Sabha
• Ajmer Sharif or Khawaja Gharibnawaz Dargah Ajmer