Camels, Colours and Culture- The Pushkar Camel Fair
Surrounded by the beautiful Pushkar lake, lies one of the oldest towns in India, Pushkar. The town of Pushkar is located in the Ajmer district of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Once a year on a particularly auspicious full moon in the Hindu month of Kartika( October -November) Pushkar is host to the largest camel fair in the world, the Pushkar Camel Fair.
The Pushkar Camel Fair is a five day camel and livestock fair. Thousands of pilgrims and holy men flock to the city of Pushkar to revel in the festivities and take a dip in the Pushkar lake. A dip on the full moon day is said to absolve one of all their sins. The fair takes every traveller on a journey of a lifetime and makes them experience the vibrant culture and essence of Rajasthan.
Here are some attractions of the largest Camel Fair in the world.
Eclectic Mix Of People
The Pushkar Camel Fair brings together an eclectic mix of people from different walks of life. Foreign travellers, local traders, pilgrims, Godmen, artists, performers, snake charmers, hippies, photographers all of them simply soak up to the festive atmosphere. If you want to experience the sounds and smell of Rajasthan, the resounding folk music, the colourful dance and laughter, the Pushkar Camel Fair is the perfect place for a resplendent Rajasthan experience.
Traditional Rural Sports
The Pushkar Camel Fair hosts a lot of engaging activities which are also fun to watch, to make the best of this carnival you must try your hand at the several amusing competitions held at the Pushkar Fair. A tug-of-war between Indians and foreigners, kabbadi matches, a turban tying competition especially for foreigners, bridal and moustache competitions.
Taste Of The Local Flavours
The Pushkar Camel Fair offers a varied taste of the local flavours and should be explored. The fair lives up to the demands of the people coming from all over the world and offers sumptuous meals in all major cuisines . There are various food stalls offering local street foods as well, any foodie’s delight, which make the fair a sensory extravaganza.
The most mesmerising feature of the carnival is probably the decorated camels. The camels are decorated from head to toe with different type of embroidered clothes and jewellery. Most of the trading and business is finished before the festivities begin. The fair starts with a camel race, which is then followed by other cultural shows. You can expect to see over 30,000 decked up camels racing, dancing and being traded.
Art And Crafts Bazaar
The art and crafts of the colourful Rajasthan is exhibited in front of the curious travellers. The array of artifacts exhibited is just endless, from jewellery items for cattle to silver ornaments and bead necklaces for the human folks, patchwork, printed textiles as well as the famous tie ‘n’ die fabrics from Ajmer are a major attraction. The fair is also known for the varied body tattoos it offer. Get your hands tattooed with henna or buy a few souvenirs but a visit to the art and crafts bazaar is a must.
Desert Camp Bliss
Desert camps and tents are erected for travellers around the town, surrounding the main fair ground. Staying in a desert camp is a magical way to experience this extraordinary event. It is a rare combination of luxury camping and real desert adventure. Campfires under the starry sky make this experience all the more memorable.
Reverberating Dance Forms
Folk dance performances are a regular feature at the fair, but evenings are reserved for the tribal and exotic dances like a mesmerising performance of Kalbelia dancers. The daring gypsy women perform all kinds of stunts including fire dance where the troupe performs on and around blazing embers.
It’s unimaginable to skip the thrills of a camel safari when touring the majestic state of Rajasthan. Camel safari sums up to be a thrilling ride into the sandy landscape, watching the sun rise or set behind the stunning sand dunes stretching beyond all limits. Camel safari allows the travellers to explore the life and majesty of Rajasthan and enthrall the desert landscape. If you are not courageous enough to ride on camel back, then go for the Camel cart!
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Post by Madiha Shariq / Travart Blogs/ 21 September 2016