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Travel to Pushkar Fair

The Lively beats of vivid images of the Sacred Brahma land, Pushkar brings alive the ironic tradition of Rajasthan enhancing the glory of the golden sand. Spectacular Fair Ground in the month of Kartik (November month) with decorated Camels, bedecked cattle’s, adventure competitions, breath-taking events, bumping rustic crowd, meditating sadhus, holy dip, vivid stalls, exotic fair, colourful desert, It can be nothing else but Pushkar Fair.

A merger of a marvellous juxtaposition of commerce and devotion, Pushkar Fair, a lifetime understanding in this Holy Land. Most people subordinate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair. But it is much more than that. It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do! In stunning style and colours.

It is an event for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" and pay respect at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world. The function of Brahma - creating the world - has been finished, while Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) still have significance to the continuing order of the universe. Brahma is also a God of the Aryan invaders and during Vedic times his cult temporarily displaced the more ancient indigenous Shiva and Shakti cults.

Tourist Attractions during the Pushkar Fair


Cattle Trading

The Pushkar fair is identical to the cattle fair. So there are camels, horses, goats, and sheep; all decorated up to be sold and purchased. The proud cattle owners throng Pushkar, traveling across the golden sands of the numerous places in Rajasthan. There is negotiating, presence of several popular breeds and the parading of the well-bred, highly decked cattle. As is believed about Pushkar Fair is the world's largest camel fair.


Competitions

Talking about Pushkar Fair the most striking feature is the cattle competition. Imagine the entire limelight on beautifully decked cattle when they race their ways into the audiences' heart or the manner in which they play musical chairs. The Pushkar Fair watches the best-bedecked camel in parade winning the beauty contest. But the most entertaining competition of all makes large numbers of people sit on the camel’s back and usually fall down! Of course! The camel that accommodates the maximum number of people on its back wins the competition.


Stalls and Shopping

During the Pushkar Fair the many make shift stalls offer a range of items for the cattle and humans. For cattle there are items ranging from saddles, saddle-straps and beads to strings of cowries. With so many women around Pushkar Fair can the jewellery and the garment stalls be far! Check out the colourfully clad women buying silver ornaments, bead necklaces from Nagaur and garments of patchwork, printed textiles from Ajmer and tie 'n' die. That is not the finale of fashion at the Pushkar Fair; there are lovely body tattoos that you can get made as per your choice


Recreation

The colourful culture of Rajasthan comes alive in the form of the folklores, music and dance performances besides the charming turbans of the men. The bards and the poets enchant the audiences with the tales of gallantry. Cultural shows, exhibitions and movies add to the fun at the Pushkar Fair.


Temples

Pushkar boasts of the only temple in the world devoted to Lord Brahma thus a visit to the Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir is a necessity. Then there is the Savitri temple on the hilltop you must take the hour-long trek to the temple that offers a spectacular view of the Pushkar Lake. The Varah temple, Mahadeva temple and the Ramavaikunth temple are the other must visits in Pushkar. Here it is notable that all the gods are believed to revisit Pushkar during the fair and bless their devotees.


Lake and Ghats

The sacred Pushkar Lake is understood to wash away the sins of a lifetime, cure several diseases and even bestow salvation! No doubt pilgrims travel from far to take a dip in the magical waters of the Pushkar Lake. There are as many as fifty bathing ghats that run down the Pushkar Lake that sees the followers offering coconuts, flowers and cash to the lake and the priests.

In the evenings the Pushkar lake is flooded with lighted earthen lamps that float on the holy waters like twinkling stars and offer a spectacular sight. The most auspicious day to be at Pushkar is considered to be the Kartik Purnima.


How to Reach Pushkar

The holy city of Pushkar is well linked with the other cities. The nearest airport happens to be in Jaipur at a distance of 150 kilometers. You may take a flight to Jaipur and then drive to Pushkar. Then there is the railhead at Ajmer just 15 kilometers from Pushkar. The National Highway Number 132 links Pushkar with Ajmer through road too.

Important Travel Information

In case you are planning to be a part of the Pushkar Fair, it is notable that this year, the Pushkar Fair is being celebrated from the end of October to November. Take care of the temperature variations that are experienced at Pushkar, the days are hot while the evenings and the nights are cold. Though now you may know much about Pushkar Fair but the excellent Fair definitely needs to be experienced to be enjoyed!

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