A kaleidoscope of colours, ethnic diversity, hospitality, land of fairy-tale palaces and epic forts, Rajasthan is in true sense the jewel in India’s crown. If you really want to witness vibrancy at its best in just a few days, the world’s largest Pushkar’s Camel Fair is where you need to be!
The Pushkar Camel Fair also famous by Pushkar Mela is an annual five days camel, livestock fair and cultural fete held in one of the oldest cities in India, Pushkar – Rajasthan. This opulent cultural festival takes place from Kartik Ekadashi to Kartik Purnima each year, in the awe-inspiring large ground amidst humongous crowd and herds of cattle.
Experience India’s greatest tribal gathering where around 2, 00,000 people from across the globe gather in the holy land of Pushkar for the trading of camel, cattle and more. From camel races to tug of war, tourists gets to enjoy every bit of this remarkable fest to its fullest! It is a spectacle on an epic scale where other fascinating competitions such as ‘matka phod’ ‘longest moustache’, ’turban competition’, ‘bridal competition’, art and culture shows and much more attract the visitors.
The place comes to its liveliest form with the ships of dessert who are spruced up in vibrant colours, beautiful paintings as well as other accessories. It’s a fascinating and peculiar sight to witness where even musicians, mystics, camera crews, traders and tourists join the throng to experience this picturesque fair.
Kartik Purnima is considered a pious day in the mythology. So, each year this exuberant fair takes place around this time of the year as selling or buying of cattle on this day is considered to be very auspicious. When at Pushkar, visitors also take some time off from the chaos and fair, to take a dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake and seek blessings. Surrounded by 52 bathing ghats, Pushkar is one of the most beautiful and important pilgrimages in India. It attracts devotes and nomadic from all over the world to bathe in the sanctified Pushkar lake at dawn and then visit the only Brahma Temple, where an individual feels the spiritual energies are taking over you to give blessings.
In a nutshell, witness a small town come alive with explosions of colour, song, dance and people in this high-spirited annual mela that soothes your mind, body and soul. For visitors, it’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the magnificent spectacle whose every aspect is a special experience. Amidst a welcoming retreat and magical place, encounter people from all walks of life and religious happenings to take home lots of pictures and precious stories for life. Be a part of this big slice of Indian culture happening during November, but dates vary according to the Lunar Calendar.
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