Camel Fair Pushkar - Visit Pushkar & Pushkar Camel fair 2013
The camel fair Pushkar or the Pushkar camel fair, is usually how the annual Pushkar fair is referred to by foreign tourists visiting Pushkar to witness this annual event . The Pushkar fair happens every winter in the Hindu calendar month of “KARTIK” which usually falls in the month of October-November. The Pushkar fair has a great religious significance for the Hindus. Pushkar is situated in the state of Rajasthan ,India. The closest airport to Pushkar is Jaipur and Ajmer is the closest Railway station. The camel and cattle fair at Pushkar and the camel and cattle trading actually happens at the sidelines during the Pushkar Fair . Pushkar is one of the holiest of the holy cities for the Hindus and , finds references in the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. With its hundreds of temples big and small and its 52 bathing ghats, very few places can match the religious fervor associated with this town. In the month of Kartik this quaint town comes alive with activity. Gaily attired local village folk, folk dancers and folk singers sing ballads and folklores of gallantry as also the holy chants of Mantra and shlokas from the Pushkar temples intermingle, reverberating in the air, the town hosts the world renowned Pushkar Fair also referred to by many as the Pushkar camel fair or camel fair Pushkar because this is the time when livestock owners from all over the country come here to trade their camels, cattle and horses as well as other species.
Although various animals are traded, camels rule the roost. The camels are shaved, cleaned and adorned with bells, camel jewellery and traditional livery. Stalls selling jewelry and other finery for camels are also set up. With over 25,000 camels changing hands at Pushkar, the Pushkar Fair is arguably the world's largest camel fair. Other striking feature of the Pushkar Fair is the camel competition. Beautifully decorated camels parade while competing in a beauty contest and the best decorated camel wins. Though spectators take pleasure in the festivity and fervor, it is the camels that enjoy every bit of attention and pampering that they receive during these days.
The Pushkar fair is also the time when the folk art and rural crafts of Rajasthan are showcased to the curious tourists, ranging from cattle jewelry, saddles, saddle-straps, beads, bells, strings to an array of artifacts, Silver ornaments, traditional paintings, bead necklaces ,embroidered bed sheets, patchwork, block printed textiles as well as the famous tie 'n' dye fabric. Pushkar is a Hindu religious town hence non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited. All foreign guests are requested to dress modestly and show respect to the Hindu way of life.We can Help you plan your visit to Pushkar during the Pushkar camel fair.