India is a land of fairs and festivals. Famous for its multi- diversity, this remarkable country is home to many religions, languages, ethnicities and cultures. Fairs and festivals reflects the long going traditions and lets you get a glimpse of the culture. Pushkar fair is one of the most famous religious festival and livestock fair in India. A 10-day annual festival, it is held in the month of November when people from far-off villages come along with their families to trade cattle and enjoy the fair. The sleepy village of Pushkar comes alive with a riot of colors and turns into a tourist’s hot spot with a burst of exciting activities. Thousands of cattle traders, pilgrims, backpackers including more than 30,000 of livestock descent upon the deserts of Rajasthan to take part in the festival.
The world’s largest camel fair, Pushkar fair is also the occasion for Hindu pilgrimages to take a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar lake. It is believed that the dip would purify them of all their sins and cleanse their soul. It is a grand event in Rajasthan and filled with many thrilling activities including cultural and musical performances, camel competitions and much more. It is an experience that hovers to the mind of the travelers impressing them with the fascinating sights that can be witnessed only and only here. The city of Pushkar is one of the five sacred dhams or pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It is believed that Lord Brahma, himself created the sacred Pushkar Lake. The only temple dedicated to him is located here.
Pushkar festival is definitely a priceless treatfor anyone who wish to witness the vibrant cultures and traditions of Rajasthan. A whole range of acrobats, comedians, musicians, folk dancers and ascetics visit the city and grace the occasion with their performances. Traders negotiate deals over their prized animals like camels, horses, cows, goats and sheep. An array of camels are decorated an d painted in a variety of colors for the beauty content. The owners put their all efforts in making their camels look eye catching and win the prize. The sights of beautifully decked up camels just stuns the visitors and leave them fascinated and wide-eyed.
On the last day, devotees rush to the bathing ghats to take a holy dip and pray. Movies are shown, and competitions are held. Poets sing tales of courage and heroism of the mythological heroes and talks about the bygone era. You will be thrilled by the animal races and other competitions which adds to the grandeur of the place. During the sun sets, thousands of small earthen lamps are lighted released in the waters of the Pushkar Lake. With the chanting of mantras in the air, the atmosphere comes alive and enchants the travelers. Pushkar fair is undoubtedly the most awaited festival in Rajasthan and the highlight of the Rajasthan trip.