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Situated in the Ajmer district in Rajasthan, Pushkar is one of the oldest and holiest towns in India. A large number of people visit here every year to take a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake and pay homage to the 2000-year old Brahma Temple, the only temple in the world devoted to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. The legend behind the creation of the Pushkar Lake is that once Lord Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the ground, which created the lake instantly. Thus, the town got its name ‘Pushkar’, which means ‘Blue Lotus’. The lake sits at the center of the town and has 52 bathing ghats. The major Pushkar events include fairs and festivals that are celebrated with much grandeur.
The annual 14-day livestock fair that is held in this town is also known as Pushkar Camel Fair and the local people call it ‘Kartik Mela’, as it starts in the Hindu Lunar month of Kartikand ends on the ‘KartikPurnima’. It is one of the oldest fairs in India and is soaked in the colors of Indian culture. Apart from thousands of camels, horses, cattle, sheep, and goats are also bought and sold in this fair. Not only for the tourists but also, for the local inhabitants of the town and the adjacent villages, this is one of the most-awaited Pushkar events of the year. Innumerable travelers, vacationists, pilgrims, and local people flock to the town to celebrate this event wholeheartedly.
This yearly event brings a lot of joy, laughter, color, and togetherness in the lives of the villagers and adds a tinge of delight to their life of monotony and hardships. You can get to see different types of traditional rituals and customs of Rajasthan that the local people follow during this festival, which can prove to be an enriching experience for you. The pilgrims take a holy bath in the blessed Pushkar Lake with the desire to wash away their sins and get blessed. If you wish to visit the town during this festival and want to participate in the 🐫 Pushkar fair tour packages, it is always advisable to book your accommodation in advance because finding a place to stay in the hotels and lodges becomes very difficult due to the emergence of thousands of visitors and pilgrims in the area. People even manage to stay in tents and campsites due to the insufficiency of accommodation facilities during this peak time.
If you want to go for a Pushkar vacation during this festival time, you need to know what you can expect for. This fair is celebrated in a grand way and it serves as the major source of entertainment for the local people as well as, the vacationers. Traditional folk dances and music, puppet shows, magic shows, exhibitions, camel sports, bridal contests, competitions, and performances are organized. Carousel rides and snake charmers bring delight to the children as well as, the adults. The very exciting camel race, which is organized on the first day of the fair attracts a huge crowd. Large varieties of traditional Rajasthani items are sold in the fair, such as jewelry pieces, garments, textiles, footwear, calligraphed fabrics, artifacts, handicrafts, lots of decorative items, etc. The very beautiful and famous lace and dye clothes from Ajmer are also brought for sale in the fair. So, you can be sure to enjoy the Pushkar holiday to the fullest.
The holy Pushkar Lake is known as ‘Tirtha Raj’, which means it is the king of all pilgrimages. So, the first thing you can do during your Pushkar holiday is, take a dip in the divine lake. Then you can go for a ‘Parikrama’ of the lake. In the evening, aarti ceremonies are performed at the Varaha Ghat and Brahma Temple, which is a mesmerizing sight to behold. The fairground or the mela ground itself gives you all the joy and excitement as it is decorated with colorful tents, dazzling shops, fun rides, etc. The folk music, dance, people, and the bright Rajasthani culture - altogether create such an ambiance that takes you to another world.
While enjoying the dazzling ambiance of the fair and festivities in the town, you can also take out some time and pay homage to the beautiful temples that embellish the area. Apart from the Brahma Temple, here are some of the temples you can visit:
Though the primary purpose of your visit is to witness the biggest and the grandest camel fair in the world, you can still experience the joy of certain fun activities like:
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