Pushkar Camel Fair 2016 Dates : This year, the Pushkar Fair will begin from 8th November and will last until 14th November. The number of international tourists is expected to cross its last year’s figure.
Rajasthan and its cities are known for their imperial character, rich history, vivid culture and unique festivals. One of these cities is Pushkar, which is famous for its Pushkar Fair and pilgrimage site near Pushkar Lake. For Hindus, it is one of the most sacred 'dhams' (pilgrimage site) in the world. Pushkar draws in a huge number of both tourists and devotees every year. Besides religion, Pushkar Fair is also a big reason behind its popularity.
The origin of Pushkar cannot be traced to any specific date, but it is said to be one of the oldest living cities in India. There is a legend behind its origin in which Lord Brahma, the supreme creator of the universe in Hindu mythology, performed a 'yajna' (holy ritual of sacrifice) at this place. This venue was chosen because three lotus petals fell here during a battle between Lord Brahma and a demon named Vajranabha.Pushkar Camel Fair
The Pushkar Camel Fair or Pushkar Fair is one of the most interesting events that are held in Rajasthan. It is a five-day fair, which is held in November every year. It was just a camel and livestock fair in the beginning where people use to buy and sell camels and other farm animals. However, it slowly gained popularity as a tourist attraction as it caught the attention of tourists. Later, many other events and program were added to this fair so that tourists could learn and understand the culture of Rajsthan. There are many interesting facts about Pushkar Fair that anyone should know before they visit Pushkar, which are:
Pushkar Fair is one of the oldest fairs in Rajasthan.
It is also the largest camel fair in the world.
Pushkar houses the Brahma Temple, which is the only temple dedicated to Brahma in India.
Many cultural events take place during the fair which helps the tourists to understand the culture and traditions of Rajasthan.
Traditional artists and craftsmen from all around Rajasthan come to Pushkar during the fair, to show their work and hence make it a best place to buy traditional handicrafts.
You can witness many unusual contests like camel beauty contest, longest mustache contest, matka (pot) balancing contest, etc. in the fair.
Many friendly competitions are held in which foreigners compete against the locals.
One can find all the traditional rajasthani dishes at different food stalls.
It is believed that a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake can rinse all the past sins.
There are many other big and small tourist attractions in and around Pushkar. You can visit the Sri Sawai Bhoj Temple, Varaha temple, Apteshwar Mahadev temple and Savitri temple in Pushkar. You can also visit Ajmer, which is only 11 km away and is also a major tourist attraction. You also visit the Lake Foy Sagar, which is an artificial lake located near Ajmer.About Pushkar
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