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Pushkar Fair: A lot more than Camels

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Pushkar Fair: A lot more than Camels

The greatly awaited Pushkar Fair is right upon us, scheduled to begin on 4th November and will culminate till 12th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima. There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive with multiple hues.

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The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from the world over. The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now.

Primarily, thousands of pilgrims and cattle merchants flock the town for holy rituals or the trade of cattle and livestock. But, that’s not all; Pushkar fair has a lot to offer to the travellers who are neither pilgrims nor traders. Buzzing markets, fascinating ghats and activity grounds are enough to catch the fancy of travellers and photographers.

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Sunrise and Sunset: The vibes and the views of Pushkar switch within every hour right from the dawn to dusk, added to that the starry sky above ignited Pushkar Lake gives a heavenly chill in nerves. During early mornings and evenings, when the dust mixes with golden light falling from the sun it’s an absolute delight to watch the camels and the camel traders in the Mela ground. You not only get to see the heard of camels but also get a glimpse into the life of a rural Rajasthan, where the traders heat up the chullahs (a kind of stove used for cooking the food ) and prepare their food with minimum ingredients. Thousands of people from the world across come to capture only this spectacle.

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Markets: The narrow streets and lanes of the town have hidden within themselves a whole world of intrigue; from the local artifacts and handicrafts to funky apparels and chunky jewellery, Pushkar’s cozy markets are the treasure trove for a shopping enthusiast.

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Ghats: The Ghats in the holy land of Brahma are said to be nothing less than those of Varanasi. Roaming around the ghats with a soothing sound of hymns and bells renders tranquility to the visitors. While the night scene becomes even more fascinating when evening aarti is performed on these Ghats. Illuminated with multitude of lights the Ghats and lake take the spectators into a world of solace and peace.

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Food: Pushkar is also one heaven for foodies. From street stalls to roadside cafes, wide range of cuisines waits for food lovers to visit and enjoy sumptuous cuisine of Pushkar. Special Masala chai in Kulhad, Authentic Italian pizza, unique Poha Dal Pakwaan and Ugma ji ki kachori are a few to dishes to tantalize your taste buds. However, as you walk down the streets of Pushkar amidst the aroma of freshly made baatis, puris and kachoris being fried right on the street, the whiff of gulkand and the sight of tempting malpuas dipped in sugar syrup will call out only one thing- pure bliss.

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Adventure and Activities: Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, the fair has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities like camel cart ride, horse riding, bullock cart ride and giant wheel that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of the town.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative impression of the flow of events at Pushkar Camel fair 2019.

4th to 9th November – Cattle Trading
Cattle trading is at its peak during these days along with a variety of cattle contests.

10th to 11th November – Cultural Galore
These two days will see some cultural activities like dance shows, music performances sponsored by the Rajasthan State Government.

12th November – Holy Dips
This is the Holy Day when people take dips in the Pushkar Lake, and other religious ceremonies take place.

How to reach Pushkar:

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By Air

The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Kishangarh, which is 36 kilometres away. Apart from this, Jaipur Airport is the major airport, which is 140 Kms and well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata. 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 Bus

Regular buses between Jaipur and Ajmer ply every hour. 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 (both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) connecting Ajmer to nearby cities and then transport you to Pushkar for a very nominal fare.

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 like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhopal, and Bangalore. Some of the most popular trains that run daily on this route are Ajmer Shatabdi and Ajmer Rajdhani. Apart from these, other trains are Chetak Express, Aii Sdah Express, Aravalli Express and Bsb Express. Once you reach at the station, you can hire a taxi to reach Pushkar.

So what are you waiting for? Go and enjoy India’s Biggest and world’s famous festival Pushkar Fair.

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Pushkar Fair to begin from 4th November 2019

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Pushkar Fair to begin from 4th November 2019

There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive with multiple hues. The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from the world over.

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The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now. This year the much-awaited fair will begin on 4th November and will culminate on 12th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima.

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Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, the fair has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of the town. Also, don’t forget to try local foods and do indulge in retail therapy. Spend some time at the famous Brahma Temple and watch the evening Aarti at Pushkar Lake too.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative impression of the flow of events at Pushkar Camel fair 2019.

4th to 9th November – Cattle Trading
Cattle trading is at its peak during these days along with a variety of cattle contests.

10th to 11th November –  Cultural Galore
These two days will see some cultural activities like dance shows, music performances sponsored by the Rajasthan State Government.

12th November – Holy Dips
This is the Holy Day when people take dips in the Pushkar Lake, and other religious ceremonies take place.

Pushkar Camel fair 2017 Programme Details

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Pushkar Camel fair 2017 Programme Details

There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive. The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from world over.

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The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now. This year the much awaited fair will begin on 28th October and will culminate on 4th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima.

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Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of city. Also, don’t forget to try local foods and do indulge in retail therapy. Spend some time at the famous Brahma Temple and watch the evening Aarti at Pushkar Lake too.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative schedule of the events planned at Pushkar Camel fair 2017.

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pushkar camel fair 2017 schedule

Have fun and click lots of pictures!

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Pushkar Fair Programme Details

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The much awaited annual Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan is all set to begin from Wednesday, 18 November 2015.

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Pushkar Fair is a spectacular tourist attraction that pulls Indians and foreign buyers together. The trade of cattle, attractive activities like desert sports, music encores, unique competitions and attractive markets constitute the major chunk of the fair while a series of cultural events precede the fair which includes lively puppet shows and camel races.

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The Pushkar Lake very much visible from Pushkar Palace, is the point of attraction for millions of devotees for a holy dip and provides an opportunity for the traders and organizers to create a festive bonanza for the devotees coming to the town.

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It’s true that most locals look at the Fair as an occasion, and the foreigners love being a part of this occasion. Here’s the detailed list of events to be held during the Pushkar Fair.

Pushkar Fair 2015 – Tentative Programme

Wednesday November  18 , 2015

09.00–09.25 a.m. Flag Hoisting Stadium
09.30–10.00 a.m. Mandna Competition Stadium
09.35–09.50 a.m. Group Dance (By School Girls) Stadium
10.05–10.25 a.m. Camel Race Stadium
10.30–11.30 a.m. Football Match (Locals v/s Visitors) Stadium
06.00–06.30 p.m. Deepdan Sarovar (Lake)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

10.00–11.00 a.m. Satolia Match (Locals v/s Visitors) (Traditional Game) Stadium
10.30–11.00 a.m. Langari Taang Competition (Traditional Game) Stadium
11.00–11.30 a.m. Camel Decoration (Gorband) Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat

Friday , November 20, 2015

11.00–12.00 noon Camel Dance Competition Stadium
12.00–01.00 p.m. Horse Dance Competition Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple

Saturday, November 21, 2015

08.00–10.00 a.m. Spiritual Walk Gurudwara-Stadium
10.00–11.00 a.m. Kabbadi Match (Locals v/s Visitors) Stadium
01.00–02.00 p.m. Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports Competition Stadium
03.00–03.30 p.m. Inauguration of “Shilp Gram” Art & craft Bazaar Shilp Gram
03.00–03.30 p.m. Inauguration of “Shilp Gram” Art & craft Bazaar Shilp Gram
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
05.30–06.00 p.m. Inauguration of Gir & Cross Breed Cattle Exhibition Cattle Exhibition Ground
06.00–06.30 p.m. Inauguration of “Udhyog Craft Fair” Rural Haat
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple
08.30-10.00 p.m. Cultural Programme Stadium

Sunday ,  November 22, 2015

10.00–11.00 a.m. Gir and Cross Breed Competition Stadium
11.00–11.30 a.m. Turban Tying and Tilak Competition Stadium
11a.m.–09 p.m. “Shilp Gram” Art & Craft Bazaar Shilp Gram
11 a.m.–10 p.m. Udhyog Craft Fair Rural Haat
11.30–12.00 noon Moustache Competition Stadium
01.00–02.00 p.m. Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports Competition Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
07.00–08.30 p.m. Indian Bride & Groom Competition (For Foreigners) by Rajasthan Tourism Stadium
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple
08.30-10.00 p.m. Musical evening by renowned vocalist Smt. Vidhya shah Stadium

Monday , November 23, 2015

08.00– 09.00 a.m. Wrestling Competition Stadium
11.00–11.30 a.m. Matka Race (Water pot race for Women) Stadium
11a.m.–09 p.m. “Shilp Gram” Art & Craft Mela Shilp Gram
11a.m.–10 p.m. Udhyog Craft Fair Rural Haat
10.00–11.00 a.m. Horse, Camel and Nagauri Bull-Animal Competition Stadium
12.30–01.00 p.m. Matka phod Competition (Locals v/s Visitors) Stadium
01.00–02.00 p.m. Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports Competition Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
07.00–09.30 p.m. Best of Rajasthan – Cultural Show by Rajasthan Tourism Stadium
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple

Tuesday , November 24, 2015

11.00–11.30 a.m. Musical Chair Race Stadium
11a.m.–09 p.m. “Shilpgram” Art & Craft Bazaar Shilp Gram
11a.m.–10 p.m. Udhyog Craft Fair Rural Haat
03.00–04.00 p.m. Champion Cattle Competition Cattle Exhibition Ground
01.00–02.00 p.m. Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports Competition (Final) Stadium
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
07.00–10.00 p.m. Cultural Programme Stadium
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple

Wednesday , November 25, 2015

09.00–11.00 a.m. Closing Ceremony & Prize Distribution (Cultural Programme,  Folk Artists & Camel Parade, Cattle Show, Horse Race, Camel Race, Tug of War, Jalebi Race, Water Pot Race etc.) Stadium
11 a.m.–10 p.m. Udhyog Craft Fair Rural Haat
05.00–05.30 p.m. Maha Aarti Varah Ghat
08.00–09.00 p.m. Temple Dance Old Rangji Temple

Pushkar Fair 2014 – A miraculous reunion of Verve, Devotion and Folklore

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As the early morning light of 31st October rose over the sand dunes of holy town, Pushkar, the smells of camel feed along with the sounds of belching camels filled the air and embarked the beginning of the Pushkar Fair. The camel and horse traders huddled near the embers of small fires with cups of camel milk chai (tea) in the hands to discuss their plans for the fair while the droves of tourist cars and backpackers started pouring into town.  With melding of innumerable hues of color and serene views and raw sounds, the festival took off its 7 day long mesmerizing journey with a flag host followed by a sequel of bustling activities.

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Though the woman in rural Rajasthan sits in the confines of her home but the creativity in her hand is truly exceptional, which left many awe struck during the Mandana Competition. The designs, fine lines and…

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Pushkar attracting tourists for Camel Fair

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Tourists and locals from across the world are flocking the annual Pushkar fair in Rajasthan. The week-long cultural extravaganza, which began on Friday, is exhibiting numerous art and craft stalls that are attracting scores of tourists. The town of Pushkar can be seen as a cultural phenomenon with vividly dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders and tourists shining in joy.

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People are enjoying folk dances and performances by caparisoned camels and various music and dance performers from different parts of Rajasthan and neighboring states.

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On the first three days, the tourists also participated in plethora of local sports and competitions to even win some of those. Besides there are exciting camel rides, cattle exhibitions, camel show along with succulent food stalls to enjoy the festivities of the fair.

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The Pushkar town is transformed into fair ground with rows of makeshift tents selling creative crafts, jewellery , cattle accessories and mouth-savoring delicacies.

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Offering a lifetime experience for tourists, photography enthusiasts, Pushkar camel Fair is also attracting spiritual followers for enchanting evening prayers and religious gatherings in temples and ghats for holy dip in lake.

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Three more days, and the colorful Pushkar Camel Fair is going to bring more smiles on the faces of local & foreign tourists and photographers!!