Pushkar Fair is a five-day celebration in India. The first day is during the Kartik Ekadasi or the ekadashi or the 11th lunar day of the month of Kartik. The fair ends during the Kartik Poornima which is the full moon day of the month of Kartik.
The Highlight of the Fair
The Kartik Poornima is the highlight of the Pushkar Fair and it is believed that it’s the day when the Brahma jumped out of the Pushkar Lake. Travel to India around the month of October/November and learn more about the history of the Pushkar Fair. It is known for its cattle fair and mass trading of animals like camels, sheep, horses, goats, etc. for a period of five days.
After the mass trading, a parade of colorful dressed-up animals begins. The camels are bathed and they are adorned with cloths with striking colors and beautiful patterns. There are stalls all around selling embellishments and cloths for the camels. There is also a ritual that involves piercing the nose of the camels.
The Pushkar camel fair is no doubt the biggest camel fair in the world. If you are in search of an adventure, travel to India and marvel at how they dress up their camels for the camel competition. Getting to India is a fit travel activity because it is the time of the year when the place becomes alive with music and dance.
How to Get to Pushkar
It is considered as one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in India. You can get there by air from Delhi or Mumbai. You can also get there by rail from Ajmer or you can get there by road through the major thoroughfares of Rajasthan, Delhi, Jodhpur, and Bikaner.
The camel competition can be likened to a beauty contest. Owners bathe their camels and adorn them with beautiful cloths and embellishments. Then, the camels are paraded and the best decked camel will be proclaimed as the winner of the competition. Travel to India and be amazed with the way they give importance on their camels.
The second camel competition involves the tourists. They are asked to sit on the camel’s back, after which the camels travel to the lopes across the sands and throw the tourists off their back. The camel that can carry the most number of people on its back will be declared the winner of the competition.
The Pushkar Fair is also the time when there are stalls around the area which sell various ornaments and cloths. There are colorful Rajasthan for the tourists to bring back home as a souvenir. There are also trinkets for the camels like beads, strings, and cowries. Of course, there are also interesting items for the humans. You can buy flashy silver ornaments and intricate bead necklaces. There are also printed clothes, and the well-known tie and dye fabrics which you can take home with you for the woman you love.
Travel to Pushkar and experience a camel fair that is uniquely India.