Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the largest in India and the
only one of its kind in the entire world. During the fair, Lakhs
of people from rural India flock to Pushkar, along with Camel
and Cattle for several days of live stock trading, horse
dealing, pilgrimage and religious festivities.
This small town, becomes a cultural phenomenon when colourfully
dressed devotees, musicians, acrobats, folk dancers, traders,
comedians, sadhus and tourists reach here during Pushkar fair.
According to Hindu chronology, it takes place in the month of
Kartika (October or November) beginning on ashtmi 8th day
of Lunar Calendar and continues till full moon (Poornima).
The Camel and Cattle trading is at its peak during the first
half of festival period. During the later half, religious
activities dominate the scenario. Devotees take dips in the holy
"Sarovar" lake, as the sacred water is known to bestow
small town is transformed into a spectacular fair ground, as
rows of make shift stalls display an entire range of objects of
art to daily utility stuff. Decoration items for Cattle, Camel
and women, everything is sold together. Small handicraft
items are the best bargain for buying souvenir. The Camel
and Horse races have crowds to cheer. Camel judging competitions
are Quite popular with animal lovers. Each evening brings
different folk dances and music of Rajasthan, performers
delivering live shows to the roaring and applauding crowds.
Pushkar fair has its own magic and it's a lifetime experience
for travellers. It has featured in numbers of travel shows,
films and magazine. According to lonely planet -"Its truly a
feast for the eyes.
If you are any where within striking distance at the time, Its
an event not to be missed." Foot print India handbook 200 I
writes- "The huge mela is Pushkar's biggest draw an