Pushkar Fair 2010
District : Ajmer Region of Merwara
Location : Nestled in the Aravalli Valley of Central Rajasthan boardering Ajmer
World Renowned : For Pushkar Fair
Famous For : Brahma Temple (only one of its kind in whole world)
Camels in Pushkar Fair
|To See :||Pushkar Fair, Sacred Pushkar Lake, Temples of Brahma, Varaha and Aptaeshwar.|
|What to Do :||Participation in Camel Fair, Camel Safari, Experience Folk Song and Dances performed by Gujjar Folklores.|
|Don't Miss :||Photographing Decorated Camels in Pushkar Fair, Making a Wish at Brahma Temple, Bath in the Sacred Pushkar Lake.|
|Visiting Time :||During Kartik Purnima ( Full Moon Day ) in October-November.|
|Duration :||Pushkar Fair last for 12 days.|
|Getting Around :||Ajmer - 11 km SE, Merta - 63 km W, Nimaj - Chhatra Sagar (115 km SW).|
|To Shop :||Sarweshwar Kala Mandir - Rajasthani Miniature Paintings. Bhagwan Barmeri Handicraft Shac, Dhabai's Shop - Antique pieces, Ethnic World - Cotton embroidered Kurtas, Gulkand a confection of rose petals and sugar.|
|Getting There :||Air : Sanganer
Airport Jaipur is nearest (154 km/ 2 ½ hrs).
Rail : Ajmer Junction -11 km / 15 mins. Ajmer Shatabdi Train from Delhi and Jaipur.
Road : Pushkar is on NH-89, 11 km off NH-8 that connects Delhi and Mumbai. 15 mins from Ajmer, 2 ½ hrs from Jaipur, 7 ½ hrs from Delhi.
|Important Distances :||400 km SW of Delhi, 154 km SW of Jaipur, 11 km NW of Ajmer.|
|Where to Eat :||Honey and Spice - Ginger Cinnamom Coffee, Juices, Spinach Pineapple Noodles. Moondance Cafe - Pizza, Oily Spinach Enchilada. Halwai - ki - Gali Kachoris and Samosas. RTDC's Hotel Sarovar Dal, Mixed Egg, Palak Paneer.|
|Staying Options :||Pushkar Palace, RTDC's Hotel Sarovar.|
|Inside Tip :||Pickup a Camel Leather Shoes from the local market for a comfortable walk, Avoid Non-Veg. and Alcohol as it is prohibited inside Pushkar.|
Amidst the desolate desert, harbored by lush green hills
and wrapped around a scintillating lake, is the abode of the "Creator".
Where the roads squirm amongst the buildings; architectural marvels with
onion domes and ornate jaalis, where the heavy carved doors opens up to
greet you into the beautiful courtyards decorated with murals, where men
in prismatic dishabille clothing sell the mystical healing plant,
Welcome to Pushkar! A city that careens with the rhythmic beats of spirituality, a city that puts color to its every emotion, best revealed through its magical Pushkar Fair. Take a Pushkar tourism to explore this divine land.
The Pushkar fair in Rajasthan is a famous weeklong fiesta with gregarious events and state sponsored frivolities thrown in. Rajasthani myths find their doorway in folk songs, dance diaries and short skits, while the cattle look on, belching and smelling that can floor the greatest knight. Storytellers, hypnotic, acrobats, snake charmers and monkey trainers all crowd in this kaleidoscopic parley of folks, held during Kartik Purnima, every year.
Crowd at Pushkar Fair
Long before you touch the sands of famous Pushkar, you will spy the vibrant colors of the fair. Imaginations blossom via jazzy color combinations and resplendent vignettes, portraying lifestyles of enigmatic elven figures. The famous Pushkar fair is a major camel festival in India where the fair ground reverberates with gaiety, as rows of make shift stalls display a bewildering array of items that compete with each other for visitor's attention. Flashy umbrellas embroidered with red, yellow and green colored fabrics screen you from the scorching sun while you enjoy purveyors of lassis (butter milk) at the roadside traveler dhabas (rural open-air eating joints) with one eye directed to the magnificent silver jewelery and crafts hanging nearby. The wind flirts with the aroma of the bonne bouche while you flip through the tents looking for your favorite recipe, not to forget the esthetic dal-baati-churma, a Rajasthani favorite. Come dusk, and the rich strains of euphony are carried across the desert sands, as the merrymaking continues deep into the night while the stars in the moon lit sky witness the glee and the contagious enthusiasm of the village folks.
During Kartik Purnima, on the full moon in the month of October-November each year, Pushkar explodes into Rajasthan's most exuberant festival of cattle commerce. Thousands of cows, camels, sheep, goats and their traders nest on the golden sands beside the lake. Dressed with a killing look, besides cattle, the camels with attractively decorated humps are also bought, sold, decked up and paraded on the sand dunes, presenting a picturesque sight. Their owners are seen wearing colorful turbans and flaunting long mustaches, a placard of their chivalry.
Camels at Pushkar Fair
Take a tour of the famous Pushkar fair that brings together a large number of
countrymen from different parts of the state. Some come here to sell. Some
come here to buy. Others come here on a pilgrimage. Still others come here
just to enjoy the festivities. Bards and poets recite and sing tales of
valor and chivalry of bygone days. As the sun rises in the horizon,
scattering its aurora across the skyline, people cluster in the terrain to
rejoice the camel, horse and donkey races, a salient feature of paramount
importance. Dolled up in gorgeous fabrics and festooned with dazzling
ornaments, these animals alienate across the start line. Then with a bang,
the race starts, jettisoning pounds of sand towards you.
There is another event akin to musical chairs. Here, as the music stops, the camel is supposed to manage to stick its long arching neck between two poles, each camel owner guiding its match by means of a silken cord attached to its nose ring. This camel festival is a major fair in India.
Combating for the first place in the beauty contest, splendidly embellished camels are brought to the arena and paraded to catch the critical eye of keen judges. The gait of the camel, the choice of its equipment and ornament, its capacity to interpret and carry out commands and the variety of pranks it is capable to perform are the basic criteria for selection of the "beauty pageant". During the famous Pushkar camel fair, the camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their trainers. Bridal bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands cast a magical spell.
Body tattooing is a fun you can engage in. Several checkered canopies advertise their traditional style of tattooing, chiefly with henna leaves. These people not only color your body but also stain your memories with the saffron color of henna.
Women take part in Tug of War game at Pushkar fair
Come to Rajasthan during Pushkar fair, when shopping is a real fun. During this major camel festival in Rajasthan bewildering variety of souvenirs like beads, bangles, embroidered shawls, colorful saddles, beautifully woven blankets and cloth covers for camels embroidered and embellished with mirrors, are offered for sale in plentiful roadside stalls. Rustic women spiffed up in intricate silver ornaments - hairpins and chains, nose rings, waistbands, anklets, toe rings and the ivory bangles worn from wrist to shoulder, actually snatch attention of the beholder and infuse a buying spree in them. The options are many: embroidered fabrics such as wall hangings, cute cushion covers, scarves and groovy shoulder bags and hence in the end, Pushkar is not a bad place to pick up gifts for family and friends back home.
When in a place like Pushkar, one cannot dream of putting up in a star class hotel. Enjoy the vivacity of the fair by staying at the tourist village, organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. A block of tents, each with its own identity, is self-sufficient and specially designed to complement the natural beauty of the site. So much so, they are even furnished with western style toilets and running water.
Travel to the holy place, Pushkar, lies in the breast pocket of two major cities of Rajasthan: Jaipur (140 km) and Ajmer (13 km). Rajasthan State Transport Corporation runs comfortable deluxe buses, in every 15 minutes, which connects Jaipur and Ajmer, from Jaipur main bus stand. You can also fly up to Jaipur, and then cuddle up in a taxi until the gritty sands of Pushkar welcomes you. Well connected to all major destinations of the country by broad gauge lines, Ajmer station is bis by your side if you are traveling by train. Pushkar is a relatively small town and it is easy enough to loiter around on foot. Without the opportunity to hire an auto-rickshaw, you can even go for a bicycle.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Pushkar Fair
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Buy A Camel If You Can
Get A Memoria
Shelter In The Sands
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Wildlife Safari Tour
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