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Pushkar Camel Fair: The Event Attended Annually by Hundred Thousand Visitors

Pushkar Camel Fair is an annual meeting of the tribesmen, the cattle breeders and everyone who owns camels, goats or sheep. Its a place for trade of the above mentioned animals and for some its the only source of income throughout the year. In addition to the trade, Pushkar Camel Fair is host to various activities and traditions which are witnessed only during that time of the year. 

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Pushkar Camel Fair is a place for trade and union. Photography by Sandy

Pushkar Camel Fair: An Overview

Location West India, Pushkar 
Best time to travel October-November

Pushkar Fair 2018: 15 – 23 November

Temperature Day 40°C (average), Night 15°C
State Rajasthan
Nearest town Ajmer
Cost Rs. 6000 per head
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A fully decorated camel off for trade. Photography by Emma Littlewood

History of Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar as a place itself date backs to Mohenjodaro civilization with many artifacts discovered from time to time.  The temple of Brahma, the gurudwaras of Sikhs, the history of Afgans – Pushkar has witnessed them all. This city holds its description in the religious texts of Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The archaeological history dates back to the Maratha and British rule.
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A rider on a fully decorated camel. Photography by Nirmal Karn

Main Attractions of Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair is mainly the confluence of different varieties of cattle  from round the region. The camel race during the fair will definitely attract your attention.The different types of events which includes camels ,sheep and goats will be a completely new experience.

In addition to the cattle, the beautiful native rajasthani handicraft work will make sure you come here again. The traditional dances, longest mustache competition and bridal competition attracts travelers the most.

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A child dressed as Lord Shiva at the fair. Photography by Jenish Joshi

How to Reach and Timely Attend the Pushkar Camel Fair ?

You could board a plane, catch a train or travel through the roadway to attend the Pushkar Camel Fair.

If you opt for flight, the closest you will get is till Jaipur airport. From Jaipur, you either need to commute through local jeeps or buses. This will be a 150 km long journey. If you travel by train, it’ll drop you till Ajmer station. From Ajmer, Pushkar is a mere 10 kms. 

If you choose to travel through bus, either you can take the bus directly to Pushkar or take the bus to any major city of Rajasthan. From there board another bus which will lead you to Pushkar and finally Pushkar Camel Fair.

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Night view of Pushkar Camel Fair. Photography by Lokender Pilaniya

Accomodation Options at Pushkar Camel Fair

Tents are available at the exact location of Pushkar camel fair, but if you wish to spend a comfortable and cosy night the hotels of all ranges are available. These hotels not only provide food and shelter but also act as a local tour providers with different packages.

For instance – 

Rs 2,000 package

Camel ride

Toll paid

 

Rs 3,000 package

Camel  ride and jeep safari of sand dunes

 

Rs 5,000 package

Camel  ride and jeep safari of sand dunes

Lunch

dinner with camp fire

 

Rs 10,000 package

Camel  ride and jeep safari of sand dunes

Lunch

sunset view

dinner with camp fire

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Roof made from traditional Rajasthani and umbrellas. Photography by Maria Shepherd

Is Pushkar Camel Fair Safe for Travelers and Backpackers ?

Pushkar being an traditional city, the sources of income here professionally is limited. this is where tourism comes in handy. It is for this reason that the local people here receive travelers with all their heart and provide them with the best experience. They also have local guards, the police force and the NCC cadets during the Pushkar Camel Fair to ensure the safety of everyone.

The camp fire, the cultural and folk activities and night life of the place already makes it a safe place.

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Pushkar is a safe place for backpackers. Photography by Arif Kaser

Nearby Places to Visit While at Pushkar Camel Fair

While visiting Pushkar, make a ‘to-do-visit-list’ of the places according to the priority of visiting them. The subsequent order can be followed –

Pushkar lake

Brahmaji temple

Rajbohra ghat

Lake Foy sagar

Sunset point

 

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Pushkar Lake. Photography by Anchit Gupta

Taste a Variety of Food Items at Pushkar Camel Fair

The Pushkar Camel Fair might be situated in the midst of desert but they serve you everything from snacks to the traditional thali of Rajasthan.

Pyali mei chai’ and ‘kulhadd lassi’ (lassi in earthenware cup) are the drinks one mustn’t miss.

Dal baath (rice and pulse), churma ka saag, ladoo of various types, rice cooked in traditional style, gatte ki sabji. These were the food items which served us the taste of Gujarat.

Ann kutte ki pooja dish” is a special dish of the place which literally includes  56 types of food items in the dish. If you have been there you have got to try it.

Apart from these the regular edible items of north and west India are available at every hotel and food counter.

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Kulhad Lassi. Photography by Vaibhav Reekhan

Must Visit Places Near Pushkar

Zip lining at Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort which cost around Rs. 1500-2000 for an hour.

Trekking of mountains and River of Aravali range

Try visiting as many forts as you could cover from Mehrangarh fort, Junagarh fort, Chittor fort, Jaisalmer fort, Amer fort. These forts helds the rich culture of old architectural and are appetite for a travel

Apart from these, a journey in the sequence Jaisalmer to Jodhpur to Ajmer to Pushkar will help in covering best of everything.



Top Tips for First Time Travelers

This place is an angel in demon’s appearance – literally.  

If you’re planning to head to Pushkar Camel fair, make sure you have the following –

Carry boots.If not possible then at least carry shoes which will cover your feet up to ankles.

Don’t be fooled in  carrying summer clothing only. You will need warm clothes at night.

While on the sand dunes do not let any object fall. Else, it’ll be lost forever. 

The women of the area are extremely conservative and of shy nature, practice caution while communicating with them. Else you might hurt their sentiments.

Observe traditionally built houses. You will notice the exact same pattern in each of them.

Pushkar in Pictures 

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Block paintings. Photography by Reha Goliya

 

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A street stall for beautifully coloured bangles. Photography by Manas Kamat

 

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Elegantly decorated camels. Photography by M. R. Prakash

Immerse yourself in a brand new experience at Pushkar Camel Fair and return home with lots of memories.

Happy wayfaring 🙂

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pushkar Camel Fair

Abhijeet Binjve

Abhijeet Binjve is a nineteen year old engineering student by profession but describes himself as a traveler. He believes in capturing the world through the frame of his lens  and then portraying his captures with words of his own. If there’s anything that is more important to him other than traveling is food. He goes by the nickname of potterhead among friends and that’s what describes him as “you don’t know me but you’re about to“.

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