The Pushkar Fair, also called the Pushkar Camel Fair or locally as Kartik Mela. Pushkar Mela, conducted in a town called Pushkar in Rajasthan over a period of ten days, is the largest camel and livestock fair in the country. The Dates for 2018 Pushkar fair are: 15- 23 November 2018. Around 50000 camels are gathered in one place. These animals are brought together to be bought and sold as well as exhibited. 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 travelers, given the cooler season, the abundance of colorful cultural themes.
Cultural events and competitions include dances, tug of war between women teams as well as men teams, the \"matka phod\", \"longest moustache\" competition, \"bridal competition\", camel races and others. 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. Moreover, since the tourist value of this fair is really high, Rajasthani, as well as Gujarati traders bring with them a variety of items such as paintings, clothes, jewelry, shoes etc. to be sold at the fair. On the last day of the estival in a ceremony called the Deepdan, the visitors set off several lit clay lams on leaf boats at dusk. You should attend the Pushkar Mela Rajasthan at least once in your life.
There are various reasons why one should visit Pushkar fair once in a lifetime atleast. It will definitely help you witness the beauty of Rajasthan like a local and to know more about culture of Rajasthan. You can be a part of entertaining competitions and events. There You will get to listen and watch the most famous fusion bands of India. Pushkar Mela will give you a unique experience and fun of staying in luxury and old-school style camps. This fair will help to calm the adventurer within you with a range of pulsating activities and will let you witness the magical desert from up in the air. The little dots of different colors of Pushkar Fair looks only better when you witness them in a Hot air balloon. Hot Air Balloon is one of the most interesting activities that you must try at the Pushkar Fair.
Shopping has always been the main attraction of any fair or tourist place. In Pushkar Mela you will have a wide range of options to chose from to shop. This festival is an absolute delight for the shopaholics out there. You just cannot stop yourself from filling your bag with those eye-catching souvenirs of Rajasthan. A number of ethnic trinkets and souvenirs are available for purchase in Pushkar, especially at the time of the fair. For instance, silver wrist and arm bangles as well as earrings, beads for the wrists as well as the neck, embroidered shoes and leather shoes for both men and women, textile fabrics in cotton, silk and chiffon, dupattas or odhnis with tie and dye or block prints on them, glass bangles, cloth bags and many more fashion items are up for sale at this fair. Ethnic jewelry which is a specialty of Rajasthan, especially in lac, or clothing items in indigenous embroidery are also easily available. There are certain items that are more suited as keepsakes such as the colorful turbans, costume jewelry, shoulder bags and more.
After all these how can you possibly miss out on the royal treat of Rajasthani cuisine? People whose prime interest is food, Pushkar is a foodie’s paradise. This is definitely your one chance to savor the rich taste of Rajasthan and get familiar with their cuisine. The little stalls offering the scrumptious Rajasthani meals will definitely get your taste buds going with their finger-licking dishes. Some of the authentic dishes are Dal Bati Churma, Rural staple- Bajre ki roti with curries and lentils, meetha sev, Malpua, makke ki roti, sarso ka saag, Pakodi with potato curry and hot chillies, poha etc.
The surreal beauty of Pushkar Rajasthan that you get to witness will definitely satisfy the traveler inside you. Pushkar Mela is said to attract thousands of people from around the world. In fact, many tourists who visit this fair wish to emulate the attires worn by the locals because of their sheer uniqueness and appeal.