The Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair held in Pushkar. It’s a spectacle on an epic scale and an unforgettable experience capturing vibrant Rajasthan and it’s people in all its grandeur.
The small town of Pushkar in Rajasthan comes alive during the Pushkar mela as people from all over the world come to witness the colors & culture of the great traditional fair in India.
Held in October/November on Kartik Purnima full moon (according to the Hindu calendar), it’s one of the world’s largest camel fairs and a major tourist attraction. India’s largest tribal gathering blending tradition and spirituality, it attracts millions of farmers, traders, villagers and pilgrims from all over India. Livestock trading, religious pujas, music, dance, sports and unique competitions such as ‘matka phod’ (breaking an earthen pot), ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal’ competitions are some of the highlights. The colorful market selling local arts & crafts and multi-hued attire of women adorned with exotic jewellery, it’s a vibrant display of rural life in India, performance arts, handicrafts and countless camels!
Here’s a glimpse of the colorful and lively Pushkar mela.
Pushkar fair this year will be held between 13-17th November 2013. More information here.
More about the fair and camels in my next post. Other posts on Pushkar.