The Pushkar Fair, also called the Pushkar Camel Fair or locally as Kartik Mela or Pushkar ka Mela is an annual multi-day livestock fair and cultural fête held in the town of Pushkar, *Rajasthan. It is celebrated annually for seven days in November, during the full moon day.
The Pushkar fair is one of India’s largest camel, horse and cattle fairs. Apart from the trading of livestock, it is an important pilgrimage season for Hindus to the Pushkar lake. Pushkar fair has also become a significant tourist attraction for domestic and international travellers, given the cooler season, the abundance of colourful cultural themes.
Rural families shop at the handicraft stalls full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.
The first thing you’ll notice when you get here is … camels! They’re everywhere.
Pushkar is full to the brim with visitors during fair, and accommodations prices skyrocket while rooms run out very fast. That’s why it’s better to arrive a few days before and get a good cheap deal to make your bookings. You can choose to stay anywhere between a home/farmstay, a guest house, a desert tent or a swanky heritage hotel in Pushkar.
Pushkar is easily accessible from all over Rajasthan but the best place to pull into by train is Ajmer. This is the nearest largest city and provides a quick 30 minute journey to Pushkar over the hilly mountain pass road.
Private taxis will cost you a pretty penny so it’s best to get an auto-rickshaw from the train or bus station. The price is around 400 rupees and less if you share!
If you’re on a tight budget you can get the local bus for a measly 12 rupees! the buses are like a rusty bucket and packed to the rafters but it’s a short journey and dirt cheap.