Pushkar Camel Fair.

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The Pushkar Fair, also called the Pushkar Camel Fair or locally as Kartik Mela or Pushkar ka Mela is an annual multi-day livestock fair and cultural fête held in the town of Pushkar, *Rajasthan. It is celebrated annually for seven days in November, during the full moon day.

The Pushkar fair is one of India’s largest camel, horse and cattle fairs. Apart from the trading of livestock, it is an important pilgrimage season for Hindus to the Pushkar lake. Pushkar fair has also become a significant tourist attraction for domestic and international travellers, given the cooler season, the abundance of colourful cultural themes.

Rural families shop at the handicraft stalls full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.

The first thing you’ll notice when you get here is … camels! They’re everywhere.

Pushkar is full to the brim with visitors during fair, and accommodations prices skyrocket while rooms run out very fast. That’s why it’s better to arrive a few days before and get a good cheap deal to make your bookings. You can choose to stay anywhere between a home/farmstay, a guest house, a desert tent or a swanky heritage hotel in Pushkar.

Pushkar is easily accessible from all over Rajasthan but the best place to pull into by train is Ajmer. This is the nearest largest city and provides a quick 30 minute journey to Pushkar over the hilly mountain pass road.

Private taxis will cost you a pretty penny so it’s best to get an auto-rickshaw from the train or bus station. The price is around 400 rupees and less if you share!

If you’re on a tight budget you can get the local bus for a measly 12 rupees! the buses are like a rusty bucket and packed to the rafters but it’s a short journey and dirt cheap.

 

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Due to its mountainous location, trains to Pushkar are very infrequent and slow. However, the train station in nearby *Ajmer (map) provides great connections to most major cities in India. From the Ajmer train station, you can either take a taxi to Pushkar (30 minutes), or you take a rickshaw or tuk-tuk to the Ajmer Bus Station and take a bus from there to Pushkar.

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AIRPORT: Chhatrapati Shivaji AirportIndira Gandhi Airport • Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport • Dabolim Airport. Domestic flights, the main operators are: Air India (Discover India) • Air India Express • Air Asia India • IndiGo • Go First • SpiceJet • Vistara.

India’s Famous Pushkar Camel Fair (You Have to See This).

I explore the Pushkar Camel Fair, a famous festival with thousands of camels being bought and sold all over the city. This fair is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. We go behind the scenes to meet some of the people who came here, some who have traveled for a month through the desert to reach this place. After a great day exploring, the city got flooded.

video source: Alexander Travelbum / youtube.com /

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Restricted / Protected Area: Travel in much of the North-East (with the notable exception of Assam) and parts of Andaman and Nicobar, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand will require obtaining a *Protected Area Permit (PAP). The easiest way to get one is to request it along with your visa application, in which case it will be added to your visa.