Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan
The Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) or ‘Pushkar Mela’ (means ‘Fair’), is an annual camel and livestock fair held in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, during the months of October and November. It is one of the world’s largest camel fairs. Thousands of excited people in colourful clothes and turbans, flock in this large arid desert fields of India. It has become an important tourist attraction now apart from just buying and selling of livestock. This year, the fair is going to be held from 4th to 12th of November, 2019.
Many competitions such as the ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are among several events of this fair which attract thousands of tourists. Witnessing the sunset by flying high in hot air balloon could be an ever lasting moment in one’s memory lane. Stay in the camps right in the desert, bathe in the holy lake, enjoy jeep safari, camel safari or quad biking.
How to Reach:
The nearest railway station is Ajmer, which is just 16 km away. Ajmer is very well connected with the rest of the country by rails as well as roads. Plenty of taxis and buses ply on regular interval between Pushkar and Ajmer. The bus journey is cheap but may not be comfortable. If you opt for cab service, it is better to negotiate with the cab drivers for fare before you start your journey as they might ask you for an unjustified amount due to heavy rush.
Nearest big airport is Jaipur (JAI) which receives regular flights from various cities of India. Jaipur is at a distance of 145 km from Pushkar. From Jaipur also, you can take a cab to Pushkar.
Where to Stay:
The Pushkar fair attracts the tourists from across the globe. So during fair, the cost of accommodation may escalate to new heights. So it is always better if you get your hotel booked well in advance. Another option is to stay at Ajmer and travel from there. If you are travelling to Pushkar in other months of year, you can find cheap accommodation in Pushkar only.
What to Eat:
Try authentic Rajasthani cuisines. Many food stalls serve traditional local food at very cheap rates. I’ve heard that Pushkar being a holy city, you won’t get non-vegetarian food.