The Pushkar Fair, also known as the Pushkar Camel Fair which held in the town of Pushkar in November at the time of Kartik Purnima. This traditional carnival brings thousands of camels, cattle, and horses together. This is a seven-day colorful, unique exhibition that attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. Apart from trading the livestock the main attractions of the fiesta are camel and horse races, cultural performances, exhibitions, magic shows, longest mustache competition, bridal competition, and many more. Besides, this fair is renowned for being one of the world’s largest cattle fairs.
Pushkar Fair Celebrated?
The festival was originally started off by the Marwari community as a local trade fair for business. In the present times, the fair is a kaleidoscope of cultural activities and musical events. Artists from all across the globe are invited and perform at the fair depicting a beautiful fusion of cultures. Magicians, artists, acrobats, dancers, and our very own snake charmers can be seen showcasing their skills to entertain the crowd. The much popular atithya or hospitality of Rajasthan is a delight to experience at Pushkar Fair.
Pushkar Fair Celebration Highlights
- The Opening Ceremony – The opening ceremony is as grand as you can imagine! Unfurling of the national flag, the signature tune of the fair followed by the procession of brightly adorned horses and camels being ridden by men in intricately designed Rajasthani attire.
- Glamping Camping – The new way of camping, glamping offers the avenue to stay outdoors in a tent without having to compromise on the luxuries. Sky Waltz offers a unique experience of luxury tents in Pushkar.
- Hot Air Ballooning – The Pushkar International Balloon Festival is organized as a part of the fair activity and a huge crowd collects to watch a dozen teams perform. Travellers can also book balloon safaris although they can be a little heavy on the pocket.
- The Holy Dip – Pushkar, that means born out of a flower, has a sacred significance. Lord Brahma once threw a lotus and the place where it landed, water sprang up. This is where the sacred lake of Pushkar lies and pilgrims throng here every year to take a dip.
- Sunset Safari– The sunset safari is basically carts driven by camels. The evening in the beautifully decorated carts amidst the desert is an experience of a lifetime.
- The Handicrafts – Pushkar is a haven for handicrafts. Several stalls are put at the fair, all of which showcase a traditional treat in the form of bead necklaces, ornaments, patchwork, textiles, Ajmeri footwear, etc.