Pushkar Camel Fair

About Pushkar Camel Fair

Camel Fair in Pushkar, even known as the Pushkar Fair is undoubtedly the biggest camel fair in the world. Held along the side of the Pushkar Lake, this fair is mainly dominated by camels. Other cattle like cows, goats, horses and sheep are a part of this festival though. This, being one of the popular fairs of the country of India, attracts millions of visitors every year from across the globe. This top rated fair provides a lifetime opportunity to its visitors to experience the rural lifestyle and handicraft of the state of Rajasthan as well as the entire rural India.

Reason behind celebrating Camel Fair

This famous Camel Fair is mainly celebrated for meeting the purpose of cattle trading. However, owing to the fact that Rajasthan is the location of the fair, camel trading takes place more in this fair. Pushkar’s Camel Fair forms the platform where owners of the farm animals belonging to different parts of the country can trade their varied species of camels and other cattle. Apart from that, this fair even upholds the vibrant art and culture of this state of the north western India.

Time of Camel Fair

Every year, this great fair of the north western India is held during the period of full moon or Kartik Purnima. The fair generally begins from the day of Kartik Shukla Ekadashi during the months of October and November. The dates vary from one year to another depending upon the Shukla Ekadashi and Purnima (full moon day) on that particular year. The Camel Fair continues for five days and ends on Kartik Purnima. This year, the Camel Fair in Pushkar will be held from 5th November, 2011 to 9th November, 2011.

Celebrations in Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair is a hub of different kinds of activities related to cattle and more specifically camels. Camel trading being the chief reason behind celebrating this festival, camels are being washed properly and dressed in colorful cloths. Besides that, competitions like camel beauty contests, bridal competition, longest moustache competition and matka phod are worth experiencing. One of the most important rituals includes nose piercing of the camels. The fair ground even consists of varied shops for handicrafts, jewelry for cattle, saddle straps, cowries, beads, strings as well as vegetarian food stalls serving mouth watering local delicacies.

Last Updated on February 28, 2013