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The Startling affairs of the Pushkar Camel Fair

Published on 19 Feb 2021

The Startling affairs of the Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar is a city in Rajasthan that has held the title of a sanctimonious place for Hindus. The mythology tells the tale of Lord Brahma (The creator of the universe) seeking vengeance from an evil being by slaying him with lotus. The petals scattered and, one fell in the sandy-mound land of Pushkar. That petal blossomed in what we know as the holy Pushkar lake. Hence, the emergence of a lake in a land covered by dunes might or might not be folklore but is irrefutably a city worshipped by many.  

About Pushkar Camel Fair

The holy essence is at an all-time high during the much-awaited Pushkar Camel Fair or Pushkar Mela. The city radiates a zealous spirit matched by its enthusiastic travelers from all across the world. The Mela occurs on the auspicious month of Karthik according to the Hindu Calendar (late October-early November) and wraps up on Karthik Purnima.  

The Pushkar Camel Fair comprises two events- trading affairs and religious pilgrimage. The fair starts with an invigorating spirit entrancing all and moves towards a spiritual end while drawing traders, tourists, and worshippers alike!

The tales tell that a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake during these times pardons your sins and leads you to a path of salvation! 

When does this buzzing affair take place? (Itinerary)

The ravishing 9-day event falls during the month of October-November. In 2021, the Pushkar Mela would commence from 11th November 2021 and end on 19th November 2021. 

Here’s a short itinerary to guide about the astounding affair-

6th – 10th November 2021- The mighty Camels arrive

11th -19th November 2021- A legion of activities and competitions of the Fair (Official dates)

17th-19th November 2021- The Holy Pilgrimage

Why is the Pushkar Mela the most anticipated event?

It is a vibrant Mela enrapturing all who visit!

Let’s break down the two phenomena of Pushkar Camel Fair-

Trading and Fair gatherings -  

An array of competitions and camel dancing events, camel rides, and caparisoned camels lined up for trading and, much more would descend at Pushkar Mela. The most looked for competition in the fairground is the ‘Best Mustache’ and bridal fiesta!

The carnival is brimming with Rajasthani folklore, musical concerts, dazzling dance performances, vivid stalls, and amusing competitions such as-

  • Tug of war
  • Matka Phod
  • Longest Mustache 
  • Bridal Competition
  • Camel race and a boatload more!

The artisans and their eye-catching artistry, traders with their jeweled camels, and the public with their fiery spirit culminate the Pushkar Mela into a huge flamboyant happening. 

Religious rituals -

Around 16th-17th November 2021, the vendors start their journey home and, the colorful events steadily wind up. During these days, an influx of pilgrims from around borders fills the towns with a saintly fervour.

Bhajan-kirtan, aartis, ritual chanting and, divine affairs would be reverberating from the temples of Pushkar. The faithful occurrence would be, dedicated to Lord Brahama and, the devouts immerse their souls in this consecrated experience.

On the day of the full moon (Karthik Purnima), the pilgrims bathe in the holy Pushkar Lake to absolve their sins to walk on a path to salvation. That day Pushkar Lake would be an enchanting sight to gaze upon!

How to arrive at Pushkar Mela?

Fuss not! The route to Pushkar Mela can be taken by-

  • Air: Nearest Airport- Krishangarh Airport in Ajmer
  • Bus 
  • Train: Nearest Railway Station in Ajmer
  • Cab: An exciting ride for folks who live around Pushkar

If you want to experience Rajasthan, then book our Pushkar travel experience to sink the bronzy desert, feverish Pushkar Mela, and vibrant culture of Pushkar!

Some useful tips to make your visit hassle-free!

  1. Book tour groups or check out our Pushkar travel experience with an awesome travel community to experience regal stays and enriching itineraries. If you go solo, you might be stunned by the exorbitant costs. 
  2. The official dates are 11th-19th November 2021 for the Pushkar Camel Fair. But, you can arrive 5-6 days before witnessing the arrival of camels, artisans, stalls and check out the carnival in peace. 
  3. A pamphlet providing a detailed description of the fair is accessible through the website of Rajasthan Tourism or your accommodation.
  4. The pilgrims begin the ritual of bathing in Pushkar Lake a few days ahead of the full moon. But, the ones who take the faithful dip on the day of Karthik Purnima (full moon) are granted a special blessing!
  5. You can even capture the spell-bounding sight of Pushkar Mela on a Hot Air Balloon!


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