Rajasthan Travel Guide

Pushkar Camel Fair

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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.

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.

Attractions in Pushkar Camel Fair 2017

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.

  • Camel Race
  • Gorband- Camel Decoration
  • Camel and Horse Dance
  • Kabbadi match (Local v/s Visitors)
  • Cultural Programmes

Pushkar Mela 2017 Dates

Pushkar Came Fair 2017 Dates- November 08 to 15. 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 Mela 2017 Programmes Schedule

8th November – Pushkar Camel Fair 2017
06:30 AM Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:00 AM Nagada Vadan & Pooja & Flag Hoisting at Mela Ground
10:30 AM Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM

10:30 AM Mandana Competion,Camel Decoration Vyayam Pradarshan at Mela Ground

11:30 AM Football Match with foreigners at Mela Ground
4:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 PM Inaugration of Shilgram Handicrafts Bazar
5:00 PM Deepdan, Rangoli, Maha Arti & Pushkar Abhishek at Pushkar Sarovar
6:30 PM Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:00 PM Advaita Live at Mela Ground
9:00 PM Best of Rajasthan
9th November – Pushkar Camel Fair 2017
06:30 AM Hot Air Balloon Flights
07:00 AM Heritage walk at Pushkar Circuit
10:00 AM Langri Taang with foreigners at Mela Ground
10:30 AM Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM
10:30 AM Satolia Match at Mela Ground
11:00 AM Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 AM Camel Decoration Contest at Mela Ground
12:00 PM Camel Dance Contest at Mela Ground
4:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 PM Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 PM Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:00 PM Voice of Pushkar
9:00 PM Folk Entertainment
10th November – Pushkar Camel Fair 2017
06:30 AM Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 AM Kabbadi at Mela ground
10:30 AM Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 AM Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 AM Horse Dance Contest at Mela Ground
1:00 PM Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground
4:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 PM Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 PM Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:00 PM Prem Joshua Live at Mela Ground
9:00 PM Voice of Pushkar – To be continued
11th November – Pushkar Camel Fair 2017
06:30 AM Hot Air Balloon Flights
07:00 AM Yoga at Mela Ground
09:30 AM Spiritual Walk from Gurudwara to Mela Ground
10:30 AM Adventure Activities at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 AM Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 AM Pushkar ki Patang – Kite flying competition & contest
1:00 PM Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground 
4:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 PM Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:00 PM  Mohammad Irfan Live in studio format at Mela Ground
9:00 PM Odissi dance by Tejaswini Gautam
12th November – Pushkar Camel Fair 2017
06:30 AM Hot Air Balloon Flights
09:00 AM “Lagaan” style cricket match at Mela Ground
10:30 AM Adventure Activities at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 AM Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 AM Moustache Competition at Mela Ground
11:30 AM Turban Tying & Tilak Contest
11:30 AM Kite Flying at Mela Ground
4:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 PM Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:00 PM  Live Entertainment at Mela Ground
9:00 PM Indian dance performances by foreigners
13th November – Pushkar Camel Fair 2017
06:00 AM Harmony Marathon from Ajmer Sharif to Brahma Temple
6:30 AM Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 AM Matka Race at Mela ground
10:30 AM Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 AM Horse & Camel Competition
11:30 AM Musical Chair Race
1:00 PM Exhibition Kabaddi Match
4:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 PM Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:00 PM Indian Groom & Bride Contest at Mela Ground
8:00 PM Roots of Pushkar at Mela Ground
14th November – Pushkar Camel Fair 2017
06:30 AM Hot Air Balloon Flights
9:00 AM Mega Cultural Event & Closing Ceremony
9:00 AM Camel Race, Matka Race, Tug of War, Group Dance,Kala Jattha & other Local Performancec
4:30 PM Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:45 PM Maha Arti at Pushkar Sarovar
8:00 PM  Fireworks at the High Level Bridge

How To Reach Pushkar Camel Fair

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.



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by- Dharmesh Thakker

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Anant Says

please reconfirm the dates