Pushkar fair ka Pushkar ka mela attracts thousands of tourists to the holy town of Pushkar in rajeshthan Pushkar mela every year. The Pushkar Fair is believed to be one of the world’s largest camel fairs! This camel fair is graced by the presence of over 50,000 camels and more than 100,000 global travelers. While many flock the place to catch a glimpse of the camels, there’s much more than just that to Pushkar. Here’s a list of 4 reasons why you should visit Pushkar.
Pushkar Fair in 2017, 2018, 2019
Pushkar Camel Fair are linked to the Hindu lunar calendar. The Fair has two components -- camel trading and religious rituals. The camel trading is the main attraction for tourists, happens at the commencement of the festival and then winds up as the focus shifts to the religious aspect. Many people come here to do photography. Photography lovers gets the best shots and different level of photography here in Pushkar.
In 2017, the official Pushkar Fair dates are October 28-November
In 2018, the official Pushkar Fair dates are November 15-23.
In 2019, the official Pushkar Fair dates are November 4-12.
If you're interested Photography in Pushkar Mela you should plan to arrive a few days later the official start of the fair. The official dates are when the government sponsored cultural activities take place. However, camel traders tend to arrive early and leave early. Here's what you can expect in the lead-up to the festival and during it.
October 24, 2017 -- camels, herders and traders start arriving and setting up camp at the sand dunes
October 25-26, 2017 -- arrivals continue and the gathering grows at the sand dunes. Lively trading starts taking place. This is a great time for photography, as it's possible to move around freely and observe the scene.
October 27, 2017 -- the sand dunes are at their most crowded with camels, horses, other livestock, traders and herders.
October 28, 2017 -- more and more people arrive in Pushkar, and the official program of camel races, competitions and other activities begins at the fairground.
October 29, 2017 -- the scene at the sand dunes gets busy with camel cart rides, vendors, musicians, gypsies and tourists. Camels and traders start disappearing back into the desert as their business concludes.
October 30-31, 2017 -- the town starts to swell, especially around the temples and market area near the lake, as pilgrims begin arriving for the religious part of the fair. Official events for tourists continue at the stadium. There are amusement rides, folk dances, music performances, stalls, and other entertainment including turban tying and mustache competitions.
November 1, 2017 -- the town is full of colorfully dressed pilgrims from all over the region, while most of the camels and their herders have now left the sand dunes.
November 2-3, 2017 -- The town is busy with pilgrims. Bhajans (devotional hymns) and religious ceremonies take place at the temples. The most important temple, which is the center of celebrations, is dedicated to Lord Brahma (the creator) and the religious part of the festival is held in honor of him.
November 4, 2017 (Kartik Punima) -- this is the holy full moon night when thousands of pilgrims gather to bathe in the lake to absolve themselves of all sins, drawing the fair to a close. There's a grand finale of events, including a maha aarti (worship with fire) by the lake and fireworks display.
1. The unique celebration:The Pushkar mela rajeshthan Fair takes place on the banks of Pushkar Lake. Apart from selling livestock, there’s a large exhibition of clothes, bracelets, jewelry, textiles and much more. The 5 day festival begins with a camel race, followed by music and songs to add to the merriment. It hosts unique competitions like ‘matka phod,’ ‘longest moustache,’ ‘bridal competition,’ and much more.
2.Camel Safari: One can try the camel safari in Pushkar, to visit the small villages around the town. Apart from visually enticing views, one can get a closer feel of the life in a small town and also notice the difference in culture.
3.Little Israel of India: Pushkar mela 2017 can rightly be called the little Israel of India. It is a lesser known fact that Pushkar has numerous Israelis, and many of the locals can speak Hebrew! Israelis have set up a ‘Chabad,’(Jewish Community Centre) here. Traditional Jewish delicacies like jachnoon, moussakas, cinnamon cakes have found a place in the menu books in Pushkar! So while exploring rural India, you will be treated by Jewish culture too!
4.Brahma Temple: The Brahma Temple or Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is one of the very few existing Brahma temples, dedicated to the Hindu creator, Lord Brahma. pushkar mela fair After taking a ceremonial sacred bath in the Pushkar Lake, holy men and sages enter the temple. Only ascetics are allowed to perform a puja at the temple, and one has to give the offerings to the priest, from the outer hall of the temple. If you visit the Pushkar Camel Fair, you should certainly visit this temple!
Apart from these 4 reasons, we must add that Pushkar has quite a few other tourist attractions! If you visit the Pushkar Fair, don’t forget to share your experience!
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