is a well-known Hindu pilgrim centre. The small and beautiful town
of Pushkar is set in a valley just about 14 km off Ajmer in the
north Indian state of Rajasthan. Surrounded by hills on three sides
and sand dunes on the other, Pushkar forms a fascinating location
and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair
which is globally famous and attracts thousands of visitors from
all parts of the world.
About Pushkar Fair
first five days of the fair, camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep
are sold and purchased. There may be long-drawn negotiations, or
sometimes, a quick transaction. Hard bargains are struck, the vendor
praising the long list of virtues of his camel to the prospective
buyer. An array of stalls all along the main bazaar are renowned for
embroidered fabrics and shoes colourful beads and bangles, brass
utensils, belts studded with brass, cloth covers for camels with
mirror work colourful saddles and leather goods beautiful wall
hanging and shoulder bags. The prime shopping spots are home circus,
Bazaar, Sarafa bazaar, Malakhera Bazaar and Kedalganj Bazaar.
Purnima,(the full moon night in Nov.) the day of ritual oblation ,
is also the closing day of the world's most colourful festivals.
Bathing begins at dawn. There is quite a scramble for getting a
place on the bathing ghats. The famed waters of the Pushkar Lake
wash away the sins of a lifetime. The mystical water is also
believed to cure skin diseases, making Pushkar the Lourdes of the
east. After bathing, the devotees line up in long colourful queues
to take their turn to worship the Creator, Brahma. Most people
associate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair. An
interesting part of the Pushkar Fair is the mass trading of camels.
Of course, cattle and other livestock are also traded, but it's
camels that hold center stage at Pushkar. Camel-traders and
villagers from miles away converge to Pushkar with their humped
beasts. Over 25,000 camels (on the conservative side) are traded;
making this world's largest camel fair.Shopping
roadside stalls sell beads, bangles, embroidered clothes, camel
cover, leather goods brass utensils etc during the fair. The
shopping centres are Baza Bazar, Sarafa Bazar, Kedalganj bazar.Climate
25 to 40 deg C; winter, 5 to 25 deg C; Best season: July-MarchHow
The nearest airport is in Jaipur, 145 km from
Nearest railhead is in Ajmer, 10 km.
There is bus service to all major towns from
here and nearby Ajmer. Ajmer to Pushkar is 20 minutes by bus, 10