The famous Pushkar camel fair describes the rich culture of Rajasthan. The enchantment of Pushkar fair cannot be compared with any other festivals in India. The drowsy tiny parish, Pushkar in Rajasthan becomes alive with a fusion of colors and energetic burst of activity at the time of the fair.
Pushkar, a small town in Rajasthan is a great place to visit for spiritually inclined people to have a glimpse of colorful mythology of the Hindu religion. It is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other; this sacred town of the Hindus is blessed with over 400 temples and 52 bathing ghats.
The Pushkar Camel Fair is celebrated for five days from Kartik Ekadasi to Kartik Poornima (usually between late October and November). In 2016, the official dates for the Pushkar Fair are November 8-14. It is the time when Rajasthani farmers gather to buy and sell their camels, cattle and horses.
According to the hindu mythology, it is the time when the Hindu god Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake, On this day devotees take a bath in the Pushkar lake.
It is a majestic occurrence in which more than 400,000 people and 50,000 animals such as camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep participate and millions of exhibitors come to enjoy in delight from all over the world. Pushkar Fair is the largest cattle fair in the country; especially meant for enjoyment and merry-making.
This annual Pushkar Camel fair brings together farmers, livestock, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. This huge gathering contains a Technicolor parade of dancers, musicians, magicians, dancers, acrobats, snake charmers and carousel rides to entertain the crowd. Men in huge dazzling turbans, women in pleated Ghagaras and colorful bangles give the fair an utmost charm of a festival.
Here you can take part in some fun activities, such as a game of tug of war, a cricket match, a competition for the longest moustache, a camel beauty-pageant and a turban-tying contest purely for foreign visitors.
The main highlight of the Fair is the beauty completion of decorated Camels. The camels are dressed up like a groom, they washed spanky clean, shaved and decorated with the jewelry like Silver bells and bangles, after that they entered into beauty contests. Best camel wins the Prize.
Beautifully decorated camels perform parade, race and dance to attract the buyers. In another completion the camel accommodate the maximum number of peoples on his back.
This fair would be incomplete without different stalls and arts, crafts bazaar. The stalls and sellers exhibited the picture of colorful Rajasthan in front of the curious tourists. You can also get a taste of Rajasthani food at stalls. Tourists can enjoy some delicious vegetarian food like daal baati choorama, Mirchi ke pakode, Dal Ki Kachori, Malpue etc.
Another highlight of this fair is the International Hot Air Balloon Festival. This is also held during the fair. You can witness this huge Camel fair from the sky in a Hot Air Balloon.
Body painting is also an attraction of the fair. The experts offer various designed tattoos to the peoples. The bright colored tents, traditional costumes and the sand dunes are a complete treat.
So come and enjoy this grand Camel Mela in Rajasthan.
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