Rajasthan Pushkar Camel Fair, famously known in India as 'Pushkar Mela', is the annual five-day camel and cattle fair, held in the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. Pushkar Rajasthan is known especially for this Pushkar camel fair and this fair is one of the largest trade of cattle of India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights have become competitions such as the "matka phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists.Pushkar Mela Starts : Saturday, 28 October 2017
Most official occasions of Pushkar Mela happen at the Mela Ground, an expansive stadium. Some of the fascinating events in Pushkar Fair are horse and camel races, Tug-of-War, traditional rural games, wrestling, turban and mustache competitions and showcases. Women make beautiful paintings on the wall for a competition called as mundane competition. An evening here then follows with the cultural programs by locals.The Pushkar Fair is all about the camels, cows, sheep and goats buying and selling which is done by the local people and they come from all the cities and towns of Rajasthan to grab customers. There is also a ritual of the fair is to drown into the Pushkar Lake. It is celebrated for five days from the Kartik Ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, the full moon day.
Pushkar Camel Fair is a great occasion in Rajasthan which is appreciated with life oozing activities, for example, social and musical occasions, exciting camel safari and a stay in the conventional camps making you feel like you are from Pushkar only. Pushkar fair is a memorable experience of a lifetime that floats in the mind of the travelers and leaves them craving for even more.
The Fair is a week long event with variety of activites on daily basis. It is one of the most famous fairs in Rajasthan. Pushkar Mela is a huge attraction in Rajasthan which attracts visitors from all over the world. The peak celebrations occur over the last five days from the Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, the full moon day of Kartik (October–November) in Hindu calendar. This period sees an influx of Hindu pilgrims who attend the fairs, visit the temples and take a dip in the Pushkar lake. Thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes place. Men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, horses, cows, sheep and goats. The women go to the stalls, full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics.
Pushkar Came Fair 2017 will start from 28 October 2017 till Saturday, 4 November 2017. The Pushkar Fair occurs every year in the Hindu month of kartik (October /November), this year the Pushkar Fair will be held between November 08 to 15. During this period Pushkar and its environs come alive as the much awaited annual camel & cattle fair begins at Pushkar. Hotels are full to their capacity, tents and campsites suddenly spring up to accommodate the thousands of pilgrims, tourists and villagers with herds of cattle, horses and camels who come here to participate in this grand annual event.
Pushkar Camel Fair attracts many tourists due to its good connectivity through road and rail. Located at 14 km from major Ajmer city, Pushkar can be easily reached through Ajmer by taxis and buses which run at regular interval. Pushkar has its railway station but Ajmer railway station is major station well connected with major trains to other destinations. The nearest airport is Jaipur International airport at 131 km distance from Pushkar. One can take taxi or bus from Jaipur airport.