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All You Need To Know About The Pushkar Fair

All You Need To Know About The Pushkar Fair

By Akansha

13 Mar, 2023

The Indian fairs have always been so happening, entertaining and amusing that they rapidly gained popularity all over the world. Rajasthan has some of the most lively fairs showcasing the affluent traditional culture and rare talent of the locals. Pushkar Fair, famously known as Pushkar Mela or Pushkar festival, is one of the oldest and most popular Indian fairs.  It’s mainly famous for the countless colours of grand Indian culture get blending in a single place. Every year this fair takes place during the full moon of Kartik(the Hindu Lunar month) with an abundance of enthusiasm.

Pushkar Mela Happens Every Year Around October & November


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The annually celebrated Pushkar festival boasts the most unusual meeting of music, art, food, dance, adventure, and culture along with the magic of mystique aura, a celebration of local games, various competitions between people and animals, live-cattle stock exchange and whatnot! The grandeur of this fair has been setting the benchmark as every year, it attracts millions of national and international travellers from all around the world. Let us enlist down some of the reasons why you should be at the Pushkar fair.

Reasons You Should Add Pushkar Fair To Your Bucket List - 

1. World's Biggest Camel Fair

The Pushkar fair is mainly famous as the Pushkar camel fair due to the quintessential presence of camels in very large amount of numbers. Most of the camel men of the countryside arrive here with the purpose of trading. The livestock exchanging and trading of cattle is a trademark of this fair. But apart from it, a lot more events take place. The camels are decorated, cleaned and shaved, embellished, energized and then allowed to enter competitions related to dance, beauty, race and other sports. Crazy, isn’t it? If there is one thing that completely studs the stars in this fair, it’s this, the camels and their talent.

2. Musical Evening With A Different Touch

The commencement of the Pushkar festival is generally flagged off by nights full of vivid music, mainly folk music. Nothing could give a more satisfying feeling than enjoying the music of the best fusion bands in the evening time nearby the desert! International travellers as well take part in this crazy event to exhibit their talents. Somewhere between the cold waves of winter in the desert and musical waves of unknown origin, an enriching journey to this fair finds its crazy commencement!


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3. The Grand Cultural Exhibition

Pushkar fair is not only a fair of people, but this fair is literally the rendezvous of many artists like magicians, musicians, dancers, athletes, singers, acrobats, snake-charmers and legends. All of them try to take us a little back to the vintage aura and let us live that time for a while. They put their art and pour a cultural touch into it. The result is simply astounding since we know that the history and culture of Rajasthan are too profound. A simple walk through the fair can render you a glimpse of the world kept in the history of the books.

4. Unique Competitions 

The huge crowd at the Pushkar festival need constant entertainment and this couldn’t happen without the efforts of countless people getting involved in various activities. Thus, endless entertainment is provided by unique puppet acts, bridal acts, dancing performances,matka phod, longest moustache, longest lady hairs, magical chair, slow cycle etc. To your surprise, there is also one event called “recreation of Lagaan”, where local players and foreigners play cricket in typical costumes against each other.


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5. Hot Air Balloon And Quad Bike Ride 

One of the most attractive features Pushkar fair owned over the passage of time is introducing adventures like Hot Air Balloons. How do you feel when your eyes encounter the silent evening of desert filled with a little chaos of myriad colours and movements? In the same way, you can have your own version of an adrenaline rush after throttling the quad bike in the desert. One can wait for anything, but how to let the adventures go! Isn’t it?

6. The Most Vibrant Market 

Pushkar, being the oldest city of Rajasthan, wears its true essence during the fair as all Rajasthani people gather here with their exciting smiles. There is no exaggeration to call the Pushkar market a paradise for shopaholics since it's talked about by many across borders too. Whether it's colourful local jewellery, handicrafts, or traditional stuff, you can never stop when you are in the Pushkar market. The local art and craft during the Pushkar festival steal the main show with their magnificent outlook and intricate artwork.

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7. Horse And Camel Safari 

Your exploration of the Pushkar fair remains incomplete if you haven’t done a Camel or Horse safari in the bordering desert. The exquisitely decorated horses and camels take you to the countryside during the time of sunset- all that you need to get fulfilled at the end.

8. Delectable Dishes 

With the unusual food culture, the streets of Pushkar are always alive on usual days. But during the Pushkar festival, the energy and working chain get accelerated to many folds. Anyone who is walking down the streets of Pushkar anywhere during the fair can't escape his eyes off the small eateries located everywhere. The local Rajasthani desserts are found the most. What about Dal-Bati Churma in various flavours? You can easily find unknown appetizing International cuisines too.


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9. A Spiritual Touch 

No matter how much this fair is expanded with the passage of time, one shouldn’t forget the roots. The full moon night of Hindu Kartik month is believed to be the holiest time to offer prayers. Due to the same reason, thousands of devotees flock down to this ancient town and take a dip in the water of the holy Pushkar Lake. Pushkar has the world's only temple of Lord Brahma too, which makes it a quite different place. The spiritual riches of this place are something everyone should explore during their visit to Pushkar.

10. Camping Under The Stars 

How about a stay under star-studded-sky? One of the most exciting things to do while visiting the Pushkar fair is to choose some vendors who have their own settled campsite in the middle of the desert. These campsites offer a luxurious stay in the countryside where peace is assured in the wilderness. Don’t forget to enjoy this! And if you just want to relax after an exhausting day you can always choose to head back to your dorms or private rooms at The Hosteller.

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