Pushkar Camel Festival 2019 Dates
|Oct – Nov
Fairs & Festivals
Pushkar Camel Fair occurs in the Kartik Month – according to Hindi Calendar (i.e. Vikram Samwat)
On the full moon day of Kartik Month, pilgrims from all parts of India come to take a holy dip in Holy Pushkar Lake. The ritual us so sacred that it is believed to bestow salvation.
The fairground reverberates with festivities with people shopping for hand printed clothes, bangles, toys, camel-saddles, glass beads, leather goods, inlaid brassware, and other household items. Along with this religious fair, a Camel Fair is also organized in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Camels, Horses, donkeys, and bullocks are traded in the hundreds.
What is the Pushkar Camel Fair?
Pushkar Camel Fair, also known as Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela is a world’s largest Camel fair which has a unique gathering of coveted ‘ship of the desert’.
The largest fair is held every year in the month of October and November. This year also the festival is going to be celebrated from 4th to 12th November 2019. It is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage festival which is celebrated with great pomp & show.
Every year nearly half-a-million visitors turn up to the land of the tiny desert town of Pushkar in Rajasthan to explore the vibrant sand dunes of the place & to attend the festival.
Pushkar fair highlights
Although the festive season starts to showcase the limelight of camel, hence it’s the largest camel fair in the world.
It is needless to say that the main attraction of this huge festival is the camels. Dressed in beautiful attires & decorated with colorful saddles, silken quilts, ornaments like jewelry, trinkets & other embellishments. Exhibited for traded at the fairgrounds, there are other unique practices surrounding camels.
Things to do (fun-filled activities) in Pushkar Fair
There are many other activities/things to do here which not only excites but also get us enthralled
Hiking in Pushkar
If you want to explore the real beauty of Rajasthan, then this tour must be perfect for you.
Experience this exciting trekking expedition in Pushkar and witness the stunning beauty of this place in Rajasthan. Hike through the amazing hills of the Savitri, Gayatri and Naag hills to enjoy its scenic view.
Camel Riding in Pushkar
Get an amazing Camel safari in the beautiful countryside while riding over to Pushkar Fair.
This exhilarating Camel ride captures the true spirit of a traditional journey to the great Pushkar Mela.
Camping in Desert
Camping at Pushkar Fair is a wonderful affair with large spacious luxury tents equipped with all the necessary amenities and with butler services. Tent cities are the main spots where there is a line-up of tents to choose from, the peaceful desert setting after dawn under the full moonlight is a romantic experience.
This is one of the things you can’t miss during the fair. The run starts from Dargah Ajmer Sharif & ends at Pushkar Stadium ground.
How to reach Pushkar Camel Fair
By Road: Pushkar city is well-connected to the national highways of Rajasthan. A no. of local buses runs from Pushkar to major cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur & Ajmer from Ajmer bus stand. The place has better connectivity to the cities like Ahmadabad, Delhi, Bikaner, Jaipur & a few more.
One can also choose a picturesque drive to the venue through the car from nearby Snake Mountain which hardly takes about 20-30minutes to reach the fairground.
By Air: Airport located at Kishangarh receives several/frequent flights coming from major cities like Delhi & other places surrounding Rajasthan.
By Train: Nearest railway station to Pushkar is Ajmer. It has a train connecting to some of the major cities of Rajasthan.
Competitions and Activities in Pushkar Mela
Competitions like camel races; ‘the best mustache’, bridal competitions, and various artisan activities take place at the fairgrounds. The whole atmosphere becomes fully energetic with camel cart rides, vendors, musicians, gypsies, and thousands of tourists.
The town of Pushkar also starts to swell especially around the temples during fair days as pilgrims start arriving to take part in religious offerings at the fair.
Official events for worldwide visitors continue at the stadium, and amusement park rides, folk dances, music performances, and other entertainment which include turban-tying contests, entertaining visitors and locals.
Grand finale of some of the events like Maha Aarti (worshipping with fire) by the lake & display of fireworks.
Traveling to Pushkar Camel Fair
If you’re planning to visit Pushkar to see the Camels and Rajasthani Culture, then plan to arrive a few days before the fair starts.
Each year, the official fair dates mark the time when the government-sponsored cultural activities take place. However, camel traders usually arrive and leave early, making the start of the festival the best time to view the animals in their elaborate as well as magnificent decorations.
The best way for foreigners to visit the fair is to go with organized tour groups as they receive special pricing at particular area hotels and attractions. If you book a hotel on your own, you may be well-surprised at the exorbitant rates of the lodging & boarding located conveniently near the fairgrounds.