Pushkar fair continues
for five days and these five days are a period of relaxation
and merry-making for the villagers. This fair time is the
most busy time for them, as this is one of the largest cattle
fairs in the country. Animals, especially camels, are brought
from miles around. Trading is brisk as several thousand heads
of cattle exchange hands. All the camels are cleaned, washed,
adorned, some are interestingly shorn to form patterns, and
special stalls are set up selling finery and jewellery for
the camels. Camels at the Pushkar fair are decorated with
great care. They wear jewellery of silver and beads. There
are silver bells and bangles around their ankles that jangle
when they walk. An interesting ritual is the piercing of a
camel's nose. It has more than 400 temples including the only
one temple in India dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Brahma,
the Creator of the Universe.
According to Indian Mythology,
after visiting all the Hindu pilgrim towns and temples (Four
Dhams), if Pushkar is not visited for Pooja, then salvation
is not achieved. According to the Hindu calendar Pushkar Fair
commences in Nawami (Ninth Moon) and ends in Purnima (Full
Moon) in the month of Kartika, which can be in October or
November depending on the Moon calendar In Pushkar, one of
the biggest Cattle Fair is also held for trading purposes
and the best cattle in all categories are awarded. Countless
people in their colourful attire gather to take a dip in the
Holy Lake and pray to the deities. The whole town comes alive
with vibrant folk music and dances, magic shows, horse and
camel races and various other traditional entertainment competitions.Pushkar,
with more than 12 local fairs and festivals of 10 –15
days duration is a year round destination. It is a mellow
town by the great lake of Pushkar amidst the perfume of jasmine
and rose flowers. More than 4,000 to 6,000 visitors from all
over the world come to Pushkar everyday.
Camel Safari in Pushkar
Tourists can explore the rugged terrain of
the Great Indian Desert of Thar using camels. The Aravalli
Range here is one of the world oldest mountain ranges, and
has sandy fields, small dunes, beautiful hills and mesmerizing
sunrises and sunsets.
The camel safaris in Pushkar will take Tourists
to destinations where they will witnesses small villages along
the way and during crop harvesting, the views are exceptionally
The nearest airport from Pushkar is Sanganer
Airport at Jaipur at distance of 146 km from Pushkar which
is well connected with all the major cities which include
Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Indore, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
Pushkar is 11 km from main Ajmer bus stand.
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from
Jaipur. There are buses from Jaipur to Ajmer, Indore, Nagda
for every 15 minutes.
The nearest railway station from Pushkar
is Ajmer, which is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected
to the metro cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata,
Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Indore, Kanpur,
Lucknow, Patna, Bhopal, Trivandrum, Cochin etc. A Broad Gauge
track is being laid from Ajmer to Pushkar.