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Pushkar, Rajesthan - Celebration

Pushkar Camel Fair
2013 Trekking, Travelling and Photography Andy Rawat
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In around November each year, a small town comes alive with explosions of color, song and dance as people come all the way to celebrate the exuberant Pushkar Fair. If you prefer to see Camels rather than people, should visit before the festival. When you are at the Famous attraction of Pushkar Fair is begins on full moon Kartik Shukla Ekadashi, which falls in the month of Oct-Nov and goes on for five long days till Kartik Purnima. Explore the delights of the Pushkar in free time and holy town that attracts a lot of backpackers in one of the five sacred dhams or pilgrimage sites. Silver bells making pleasing jingles, animals walking over sand dunes and camels sitting with their owners has become the most fascinating and stunning cultural retreat. The oldest city of India and lies on the shore of the sacred Pushkar Lake and it has 52 ghats.

Pushkar is one of most highly rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale. Pushkar is a fascinating and peculiar sight about 13 kilometers away from Ajmer and its surrounded by the Aravali Mountain Range. The fair takes center stage and has become a popular festival with locals and travelers which surrounded by small villages. It’s a great opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the great traditional festival, which brings livestock traders, villagers, fun activities, camel-horse race, longest moustache, bridal competition, traditional cloths, cultural-musical events, thrilling camel safari tours and many other games played by the locals. Its an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire place. More than 200,000 people from across the globe visit here when Rajasthani farmers gather to buy-sell their an astonishing 50,000 animals approx mostly camels but also goats, cows, horses and sheeps in this exchange market. It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime".

“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.” – Anthony R.
Detailed Itinerary

WHEN AND WHERE CELEBRATE ?

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Pushkar Fair is celebrated for five days from Kartik Ekadasi to Kartik Poornima and its a biggest animal gets together event held's in Oct-Nov in Full moon. Occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy and break from their routine tough desert life. Be sure to come early to see the fair in full swing! Pushkar hosts thousands of celebrating devotees, following prescribed rituals on the lakeside and in the Brahma Temple. In the small town of Pushkar, near Ajmer, located on the edge of the Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan. Every year a little township comes alive with vibrant colors and burst of activity. According to the legends Kartik Poornima is the main day and it is the day when Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake. On this day devotees take a bath in the Pushkar lake.


HOW CELEBRATE AND WHAT ARE EXPECTATIONS ?

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Camel Fair is a fascinating annual 5 day festival held in a holy town. pushkar becoming more westernized and tourist-focused in these days. The camels are dressed up, paraded, shaved, entered into beauty contests, raced, made to dance, and traded. Spotlight of an Indian desert's rural lifestyle, attires, performance arts, and handicrafts. A huge carnival is held, with an array of musicians, heritage walks, camel races, folk singers, fortune telling, folk-fusion music concerts, art craft bazaar, dancers and magicians to entertain the crowd. Once a year the lakeside town erupts into a frenzy activity, as thousands of cattle traders, great food, pilgrims, farmers and travellers descend for annual Fair. Dancing camel ride are available to entertain you and foreign visitors invites to play cricket match with the local club, etc. The camel races are definitely a highlight. Pushkar fair is an experience of a lifetime that hovers on the mind of travelers. Most of the temples are destroyed and re-built. The most famous is the Brahma Temple. And without mustache competition fair would be incomplete.


HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER PUSHKAR

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Pushkar is the only destination of its kind to host a Hot Air Balloon Festival. The International Hot Air Ballooning Festival at Pushkar adds charm to the Pushkar Camel Fair which gives a spectacle wonderful experience to get the glimpses of the fair from above. Manu company offers exhilarating balloon flights over Pushkar in the early mornings and evenings. An astonishing site to view more from high above on board on a Hot Air Balloon and guests can book hot air balloon rides or Race.


WHAT DON’T MISS AND MAKE IT UNIQUE ?

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Pushkar is a small town located on the edge of the Thar Desert, near Ajmer. A night stay under the stars is a magical experience in the desert. Pushkar festival is the only place where you can ride a Hot Air Balloon, which makes it unique is the cultural, mythological and historical legacy that gets intertwined. A traditional camps making you feel like a local. There are also plenty of market stalls with local wares on sale, including bracelets, clothing, and fabrics. People from all over the world enjoy competitions of tying turban. These camels participate in the beauty contests, parade and the race organized for them during the fair. Camels are also traded in the event.



WHAT ARE THE RITUALS DURING FAIR ?

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Pushkar is a place, where you can feel the spiritual energies. Pilgrims come to this festival to bathe in the holy waters of Pushkar's lake and be absolved of their sins. Surrounded by 52 bathing ghats, Lake is the heart of this small town as a pilgrimage center, where pilgrims have holy dip in the sacred waters. Visit during the camel fair, chances are very less to get accommodations because prices increase very high. Pushkar has five main temples and many small temples. There is also a cultural fair of music and dance, with numerous stalls of handicrafts and ethnic jewelry of art and culture. Avoid to approached priests and locals, who come and give you flowers and then demand a large sum of money. The mountain which you go up to get to Pushkar from Ajmer is called Nag Parbat (Snake Mountain).


SAFARI RIDE AND CATTLE TRADING

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Camel Safari is one of the best amusement in pushkar and going through many small villages to have a look at the rural village life as well as farming and then over night stay with food. Silver bells making heart pleasing jingles, animals walking over sparkling sand dunes has become the most fascinating norm at this stunning cultural retreat. Camel race contest is the first event during fair. The intention behind the Camel Fair was to attract local camel and cattle traders to do business during the festival. So there are camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep; all decked up to be sold and purchased. The fair is synonymous to a cattle fair, as mass trading of animals during these five days. Its also claimed to be the best Camel Fair in the world and known as only fair of its genus across the globe. There are number of camels, as far as your eyes can see. This festival for local traders to do business during the month of Kartik. Also known as Pushkar Mela.


A SPIRITUAL HOLY DIP AND WHERE TO STAY ?

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Brahma threw a lotus flower to select a suitable site and the flower struck at Pushkar and water sprand up from there giving shape to the sacred lake of Pushkar. There are many people who take a holy dip in the lake the day is marked as auspicious. Hindus visit Pushkar year-round to take a dip in the holy waters of the lake, but there’s one particular day when bathing here is believed to relieve devotees of all their sins. Pushkar is situated around Temples and the shore of holy lakes' 52 ghats. Pushkar is the holy place to worship Lord Brahma, who is considered as the creator of the universe. After a short break from Pushkar we take a walk along the ghats of Lake. The mountain which you go up to get to Pushkar from Ajmer is called Nag Parbat (Snake Mountain) to Pushkar by auto rickshaws. Either arrive a couple of days before and book in advance like simple guest house, luxury tent set up, desert camping especially for the festival and heritage hotels near the fair ground.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR : The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Jaipur, which is 140 kilometres away. The airport is well-connected to major metropolitan cities. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Pushkar. The journey from airport to the city will take approximately 3 hours. You can either pre-book a cab or hire from any of the taxi vendors outside the airport.

BY TRAIN : You will need to take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar. The Ajmer railway station is well-connected with major Indian cities. Some of the most popular trains that run daily on this route. Once you reach at the station, you can hire a taxi to reach Pushkar.

BY ROAD : This is not a great option for long distance travellers. However, buses from Delhi to Ajmer and further to Pushkar are easily available. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs deluxe and semi-deluxe buses connecting Ajmer to nearby cities and then transport you to Pushkar for a very nominal fare.

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