Stupendously bred and beautifully adorned 50,000 camels converge on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, near Ajmer city, for the annual Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan. The camel fair of Pushkar starting from October 31 to 06, 2014 is a fascinating and peculiar sight for the locals, and a great opportunity for foreign tourists to witness a traditional style Indian festival. Here’s a blog to give you exciting reasons to attend this colorful and eventful festival of Rajasthan!
The traditional purpose behind the Pushkar Camel Fair was to attract local camel and cattle traders to do business during the holy Kartik Purnima festival. With the constantly gained popularity, the fair has now become a major tourist attraction.
A cultural phenomenon of liveliness is witnessed in Pushkar when colorfully dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders, comedians, monks and tourists reach there to enthusiastically attend the fair.
The camel and cattle trading is at its peak during the first half of festival period, while the later half involves engaging in religious activities that dominate the scenario. Devotees take dips in the holy “Sarovar” lake. Fifty two bathing ghats have been constructed around the periphery of the Lake. The sacred water of each of these ghats is said to possess miraculous medicinal powers and also known to bestow salvation.
This tiny sleepy town is colorfully transformed into a spectacular fair ground, as numerous make shift stalls display a distinguished range of objects of art to daily utility stuff. Decoration items for cattle, camel and women, everything is sold rigorously during the Pushkar fair .
The camel and horse races have crowds to cheer. Camel beauty competitions are a hit among animal lovers. Each evening during Pushkar fair brings mesmerizing folk dances and music of Rajasthan, performers delivering live shows to the roaring and applauding audiences.
Pushkar fair has its own magic and it’s a lifetime experience for travelers. It has been featured into various travel shows, films and magazines. It’s truly a feast for the eyes. If you are any where within striking distance at the time, it’s an event not to be missed.